Vintage Photographs of Kananaskis Through The Years

Kananaskis Country

2018 marked the 40th Anniversary of Kananaskis Country, one of the province’s flagship outdoor destinations. Although Premier Lougheed introduced Kananaskis to Albertans as a provincial park back in 1978 this mountain paradise was around a long time before any official designation. As you can see from the following historical photos the Kananaskis area was inhabited by a variety of user-groups, each with their own vested interests, much like it still is today. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this trip down memory lane. Some things change, while others always remain the same.

Eau Claire and Bow River Lumber Company camp in winter, Kananaskis area, Alberta, 1880s
Colonel James Walker’s sawmill, Kananaskis area, Alberta, 1883
Kananaskis Falls, Alberta, 1880s
Kananaskis Lake, Alberta, 1885
Canadian Pacific Railway bridge over Bow River, near Kananaskis, Alberta, 1886
Kananaskis River, Alberta, 1905
Pack horses on Storm Creek, Alberta, 1911
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George W. Pocaterra’s camp on Kananaskis Pass, Alberta, 1911
Upper Kananaskis Lake before the hydro project, Alberta, 1911
Stoney camp with tipis, at White Man Flat, Kananaskis, Alberta, 1911
Trapper’s Cabin, Kananaskis area, Alberta, 1911
Headwaters of Cataract Creek, Kananaskis area, Alberta, 1912
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Suspension bridge over waterfall, Kananaskis, Alberta, 1913
Mount Allen, Nakiska, Kananaskis, Alberta, 1913-1914
Fishing in Picklejar Lakes, Alberta, 1921
Walter Ing’s coal claim on Camp Creek, Kananaskis, Alberta, 1922
George V. Eckenfelder driving a truck across Pocaterra Creek, Kananaskis area, Alberta, 1937
G.A. Gaherty’s cabin on Upper Kananaskis Lake, Alberta, 1937
Car on the Coleman-Kananaskis road, Alberta, 1952
Three Imperial Oil geologists travelling on horseback beside Lake Kananaskis in search of rock samples between the Kananaskis and Opal ranges, Alberta, 1953
Trail riders’ camp at Gibraltar Mountain, Alberta, 1957
Packhorse train moving across the Kananaskis River on its way to a new base camp between the Kananaskis and Opal ranges, Alberta, 1953
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Fishing from a raft, Lower Kananaskis Lake, Alberta, 1930s
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View of Boundary Flat, Kananaskis area, Alberta, 1937
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Carving of a Stoney woman, Kananaskis Lakes, Alberta, 1880s

Kananaskis has been the subject for a number of my previous stories such as, The Eagle Highway, Mystery on McGillivray, Bragging Rights, Cool Caves, and History in the Highwood, among others.

All of the above photos are published with permission 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 Alberta. Let us know what you think in the comment section below. We’d love to know what you think in the comment section below.

About Tyler Dixon 217 Articles
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.