Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley

The Bow Valley is our gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Popular mountain towns such as Canmore and Banff are located within its confines and the valley is home to a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities. The Bow Valley has been used for centuries by pre-contact First Nation people and more recently was the home of coal-mining boom towns. There is a lot of history in this stunning valley and lots of it can still be seen if you know where to look. Below is a series of historical photographs from the Bow Valley and what it used to look like. Some of it remains very much the same while other aspects are unrecognizable. See for yourself.

Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
View of Three Sisters Mountain, Canmore, Alberta, 1880s-1890s
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Stoneys near Canmore, Alberta, 1899
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Hoodoos near Canmore, Alberta, 1885
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Mountain House, Canmore, Alberta, 1885-1894
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Three Sisters Mountain, Canmore area, Alberta, 1885
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Natural pillars (hoodoos), Canmore, Alberta, 1880s
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Bow River and mountains near Canmore, Alberta, 1905
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
View of Bow River from Padmore, Alberta, 1883
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
View of Bow River in winter near Canmore, Alberta, 1883
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Hoodoos near Canmore, Alberta, 1885
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceTransport wagon near Canmore, Alberta, 1920
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Coal mine, Canmore, Alberta, 1913-1920

For additional information about Canmore’s coal mines and to see photographs of their remains please visit this blog post, Canmore’s Coal Mines.

Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Matt Park beside sod house, Canmore area, Alberta, 1920s
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, 1913-1919
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Mine manager’s residence, Canmore, Alberta, 1913-1919
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
No. 2 mine, Canmore, Alberta, 1920
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Sergeant Oliver and staff, Royal North West Mounted Police, Canmore, Alberta, 1914
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Thomas Bowerman Williams, captain of mine rescue team, Canmore, Alberta, 1918
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Canadian Pacific Railway, Laggan Subdivision, mile 66.5, Canmore area, Alberta, 1915
Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Canadian Pacific Railway, Laggan Subdivision, mile 67.3, Canmore area, Alberta, 1915

For more information about Ha Ling Peak (the mountain in the background of the above photo), please visit this blog post, Ha Ling.

Bow Valley - Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Teacher and students at log school, Canmore, Alberta, n.d.
Bow Valley - Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Game Warden Bill Neish, Canmore, Alberta, 1935
Bow Valley - Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Group outside log house at Canmore, Alberta, n.d.
Bow Valley - Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
John Laurie’s log cabin at Canmore, Alberta, 1957
Bow Valley - Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Grassi Lake, Canmore area, Alberta, 1987

If you’d like additional information about the Grassi Lakes area and how to access them, please refer to this blog post, Grassi Lakes.

Bow Valley - Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Elk penned in corral at ranger station, Canmore, Alberta, 1953
Bow Valley - Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Skiers, Canmore, Alberta, 1940s
Bow Valley - Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Pictographs near Canmore, Alberta, 1940

The pictographs in the above photograph are located near Grassi Lakes. For additional information about them, and others located within the Bow Valley, please visit this blog post, First Nation Rock Art.

Bow Valley - Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Mount Lougheed near Canmore, Alberta, 1930
Bow Valley - Historical Photos from Canmore and the Bow Valley
Grotto Mountain, Canmore area, Alberta, 1959

The photos above were collected from the Glenbow Archives. Additional information can be found for each photograph on the Glenbow website by searching the identification number that is printed on each 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.

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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.