Between 1897 and 1914 over 3 million immigrants came to Canada and the population of the country increased by 40 percent. More than half of these people emigrated from the British Isles and the first Priske to set foot on Canadian soil joined this intrepid group in 1909.
Many of these immigrants endured a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean that lasted anywhere from 5-12 days with over 1,000 other passengers most of them in 3rd class or steerage where conditions were often crowded and hot.
Upon arriving, here are a few things that they could expect (circa 1900) from their new home:
- Most people,almost 63%, live on farms, not in cities.
- Under the Dominion Lands Policy, land is cheap and plentiful for immigrants and pioneers willing to farm it. 160 acres cost only $10. Homesteaders are given 3 years to build a house, often out of sod or logs, and are required cultivate a set amount of the land .
- The average yearly wage for production workers is $375. For office and supervisory employees, the annual income is $846.
- For much of the population life was hard, especially in the rural areas, where there is no running water, indoor plumbing, electricity, little access to medical facilities, and low incomes.
After establishing their first Canadian home in Schreiber, Ontario many of our ancestors moved to other parts of Canada and today you will find Priske family members spread across the country from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.
The map below shows the various places in Canada where many of our Priske ancestors lived and worked from the early 1900’s until today.
Switch to satellite view and zoom in (or out) on the map to see what these places look like today. Click on the various place icons and then the link to see the ancestors that made these places in Canada home.