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A map showing a portion of the route followed by Superintendent John D. Moodie of the North-West Mounted Police over the winter of 1897-1898.
Moodie was ordered to find an "all-Canadian" route from Edmonton to the Yukon gold fields. His six-week expedition went through the heart of Athabasca.
Despite the police presence, some Indians blockaded the trail at Fort St. John in June 1898. The blockaders claimed that the prospectors were stealing their horses and scaring away game. They refused to reopen the trail until their demands for a peace treaty were met.
Map of the Edmonton-Yukon Patrol