To effectively understand the trends in Western Canada Land sales in 2017, it is best to compare all data to 2016. Overall, in 2017, we saw Land sale values increase from the previous year across the Western provinces. After two years of very little activity, British Columbia saw a dramatic increase in bonus dollars collected making 2017 the biggest year since 2014. Alberta also saw significant increases in Land sale activity mostly due to the discovery and exploration of the East Duvernay play. Saskatchewan saw a smaller increase in bonus dollars collected than its neighbours, but a significant increase in acreage leased or licensed; this is primarily due to the sale of numerous exploration licenses near Big Muddy.

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