Camping season is right around the corner. It’s a favourite pastime for many Albertans and something we look forward to each year as the days get warmer. With the spirit of that in mind, I present to you a collection of historical camping photographs from across western Canada. These photos might not depict the same type of camping we’ve become used to these days and, in fact, there’s quite a variety of camping setups, including round-up camps, railroad camps, survey camps, hunting camps, and First Nation camps to name a few. As you’re prepping your camping gear for the upcoming season, why not enjoy this peak back at the way things used to be.
The photos above were collected from the Glenbow Archives and the Provincial Archives of Alberta. 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. If you search the object number that can be found in the photo captions, you will find additional information about the photographs on the Provincial Archives website. Stay tuned for additional posts featuring historical photos from across Alberta. We’d love to know what you think in the comment section below.
Tyler is originally from Saskatchewan, and yes he cheers for the Roughriders, but don’t hold that against him as Calgary has been his home for the past eight years. He is a teacher working at a wilderness-
based treatment program for youth working to overcome addiction. Tyler is also a volunteer with the GOT Parks initiative, which aims at reconnecting Canada’s youth with our national, provincial, and territorial parks. During his time away from work, Tyler enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and snowboarding, team sports, travelling, photography, spending time with good friends, and being at home with his wife and German Shepherd, Rome.
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