If you’re anything like me, once the winter snow melts, you’re just itching to wheel the bicycle out of the garage and go for a ride. The sense of freedom that simply pedalling can provide is difficult to explain, but I do know that I am always just one bike ride away from a good mood. During the past fourteen-plus months of health protocols and uncertainty, the bicycle has found a renewed place in the lives of many. So before you jump on your bike to enjoy your next ride, why not scroll these historical photos of bicycles from all across Alberta? You’ll notice that the technology has come a long way since these early models, but the concept remains ever the same. There are plenty of smiling faces to be found in the following photographs, so remember this; you cannot buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close!
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.