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Exploring the Prairies with the Trail Riding Troubadour

Back in 1968, colour television was a new thing in Canada. So CBC created a 13-part series about the Prairies. Balladeer Stu Davis and his son, Duane, rode and sang their way through the history of Western Canada.

Cowboys Stu and Duane Davis sing and strum through Canada

Sing along to Western Canadian history with the Trail Riding Troubadour

6 years ago
Duration 1:20
Back in 1968, CBC created a 13-part series about the Prairies. Balladeer Stu Davis and his son, Duane, rode and sang their way through the history of Western Canada.

Sometimes, to learn something new, it helps to hear it in a song.

In 1968, CBC viewers learned all about the Prairies with the help of the Trail Riding Troubadour. 

The 13-part series had cowboy balladeer Stu Davis and his son, Duane, riding and singing their way through Western Canada.

The half-hour show mixed film and photos to explain and explore the history of the West.

Stu Davis singing about the origins of the rodeo. (CBC Archives)

The cowboys would travel to different locations across the Prairie provinces to highlight historical features of the region.

Topics covered included how Ukrainian immigrants settled the West, stories of the buffalo herds at Elk Island National Park and the 1914 mine explosion at Hillcrest, Alberta.

At the time the show aired, CBC had only been broadcasting in colour for two years.

Stu Davis and son, Duane, in a promotional photo for the Trail Riding Troubadour series on CBC in 1968. (CBC Archives)

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