If you’re anything like me, when you saw the recent announcement about Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) celebrating their 50th Anniversary, you were stumped because hadn’t they just celebrated their 85th Anniversary back in 2017? After doing some digging, and chatting with someone in the know, I have discovered that both are actually true. Confused yet? Let me see if I can clear things up a bit.
Yes, Alberta Parks (provincial parks and protected areas) celebrated its 85th Anniversary in 2017. Technically speaking, Alberta Parks is the Parks Operations Division within the Ministry of Environment and Parks, which was formerly known as Environment, Sustainable Resource and Development (SRD). Now, the ministry that Alberta Parks is currently part of (AEP) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Want even more history? Alberta Parks hasn’t always been with AEP and were previously in a ministry called Tourism, Parks and Recreation (TPR), before that it was known as Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture (TPRC) and way back when, they were with Community Services. Clear as mud?
So basically, the Ministry of Environment and Parks is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and this collection of historical photos is dedicated to some of this province’s spectacular parks and protected areas, before many even had that status.
For more specific posts about Alberta Environment and Parks, please visit any of these previous stories:
- Why We Should Avoid Mount Indefatigable
- Wild Jobs: Guided Excavation Coordinator at Dinosaur Provincial Park
- Wild Jobs: Alberta Conservation K-9 Unit
- Wild Jobs: Friends of Kananaskis Country Volunteer
- Vintage Photos from Fish Creek Park
- Wild Jobs: Trail Builder in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
- Wild Jobs: Kananaskis Public Safety Rescue Specialist
- Historic Photos of the Ghost River Wilderness Area
- Vintage Photos from the Cypress Hills Area
- Vintage Photographs From Writing-On-Stone (Áísínai’pi)
- Vintage Photographs of Kananaskis Through the Years
- The Highest Point Between the Rockies and Labrador: Cypress Hills
- Written in Stone: Writing-On-Stone/Áísínai’pi Provincial Park
- How the West was Once: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
- History in the Highwood: Zephyr Creek Trail
- Forgotten Fire Lookout: Black Rock Mountain
The photos above were collected from the Glenbow Archives. If you’re interested, additional information can be found for each photograph on the Glenbow website by searching the identification number that is printed on the photo. There is also the option to purchase a high resolution copy. Stay tuned for additional posts featuring historical photos from across Alberta. We’d love to know what you think in the comment section below.