The Cypress Hills are one of my favourite areas in this province. I have written several stories about the park and surrounding area including, The Highest Point Between the Rockies and Labrador, which is about the Interprovincial Park, The Colourful History of Fort Walsh, which is clearly about the Fort Walsh National Historic Site, and Mud, Sweat and Gears, which is all about the best kept mountain biking secret in the province. The following post is a bit different altogether. As you already know from reading my previous work the Cypress Hills are an area that is rich in history. I won’t recap the details here, but human habitation dates back some 8,500 years, which is pretty impressive. This collection of historical photos obviously doesn’t go back that far, but it will give you a glimpse as to what life was like for some of the area’s previous residents. I hope you enjoy this compilation of photos and as usual let us know what you think in the comments below.
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.
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.
Take a step back in time and discover some of Alberta’s earliest frontiersmen at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), in their ambitious quest to span the continent, continued their westward push […]