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This growth has continued, with immigrants from Bolivia, and other parts of Canada, coming to La Crete each year.

Today the population of the Hamlet is close to 3500, and the surrounding area makes up approximately 8000 people.

The Rivard Brothers came to the area from Quebec, evading recruitment into World War I.

While the Rivard Brothers had a French Background, La Crete has developed into a unique bilingual community with German and English as the two dominant languages.

By 1960, roads became more accessible to the area, and by that time, there were already 1500 people living in the entire area.

With roads, the riverboat, which had routinely supplied the area with goods, was no longer needed and the community began to rely on ground transportation connecting La Crete with outside markets, as well as outside influence.

This unique blend is due to the large number of Mennonites who relocated to the area in the early 1930’s.

Now the prodominant cultural group in the community, Mennonites started to come mainly from Saskatchewan during this time to escape the “modernization” of the developing world.

Lots of us work from home, leaving little time for in-person social interactions.

They named the area “La Crete Landing” because it was off the mighty Peace River; a place they called home.

“La Crete” which translates as “The Crest”, can also refer to a “Rooster’s comb” and was used to describe the ridge of land where they came ashore about nine kilometers southwest of where the hamlet is today.

Development of paved roads linking to La Crete resulted in a steady increase of settlers until the mid-1990’s, when population growth exploded to an 8% yearly increase.

The rest of the region was also seeing tremendous growth, but at a much slower rate.

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