George is a wonderful example of the pioneering spirit of the Scots. His father was a sailor at the RN base in Kingston, Ontario, where George was born. At some point the family moved north to farm wild land in northern Ontario, but George's father continued his career with the RN, leaving George, as the eldest son, to clear the land for the farm, and bring in money by hunting and trapping. While in his late teens he was called away to war, after which he married and trained as a missionary. In 1860 he was appointed to a mission in Manitoba, and then to a location 130 kilometres east of Edmonton, Alberta, where he established the earliest Methodist mission in the western prairie west. From there he and his son John moved to establish the mission at Morleyville. If you want to read George's life in detail, it's here.
George's journeys, long before the coming of the railway, covered thousands of miles. He worked amongst the native Americans, so must have learned their languages. The dangers and privations he and his family faced are unimaginable to us today.
Picture of George MacDougall courtesy Wikipedia.