Father Valentin Végré

Father Vegreville

Vegreville was named in honour of Father Valentin Végré, a Roman Catholic Oblate missionary who served with dedication and distinction for fifty years.

Ordained a priest in Marseille, France, in 1852, Father Végré began his work in Canada in the Northwest Territories and proceeded to Saskatchewan and then Alberta in 1865. A learned man, he was the author of several books in Cree and a French/Assiniboine dictionary.

Father Végré never served in the Vegreville area, but the settlement founded in April of 1894 had often received help from the Oblate Fathers of St. Albert, Alberta. It was fitting that the name of the man credited with encouraging settlement in Western Canada was chosen to name the area.

Two of the founders of Vegreville, Joseph Benoit Tetreau and Joseph Poulin, submitted his name in October of 1894 to the Government of Regina, when they requested a post office. The post office opened on December 5th, 1895.