Germans started immigrating to Canada in 1776 but did not always come directly from Germany. More than half of the German-speaking immigrants who came to the Prairies before 1950 were from countries outside Germany. Many came from Russia or other Eastern European countries between 1874 and 1914. German settlers also moved from the United States because land there was expensive and difficult to buy. The Germans started to move to Saskatchewan where they could get inexpensive, good quality farmland.
Not all German immigrants travelled from Germany to Canada.
The country of Germany and the surrounding countries.
PHOTO CREDIT: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA
This group of German travellers are boarding a train in Hamburg, Germany in 1911 to move to Canada.
In 1916, only about 15,000 residents of the Prairie provinces listed Germany as their country of birth, but around 102,000 people listed German as their language.
Germans were nervous about the cold climate in Canada, so it was not their first choice to relocate here. The inexpensive, good-quality farmland brought them here though.
Photo Credit: Western Development Museum
This German family is boarding a ship to travel to Canada.