Vintage Photos from Fish Creek Park

The Fish Creek Valley is rich in history. The valley was perfectly suited for pre-contact First Nation people and archaeological evidence shows they used the area for over 8,000 years. By 1873, the first settlers arrived and from that point forward the valley began to change. From ranching operations to private homes, supply farms, and even a horse race track, the valley was being developed rapidly. For a detailed look the earliest settlers in the Fish Creek area, please consult this Alberta Parks webpage.

Vintage Photos from Fish Creek Park

Fish Creek Provincial Park first opened in 1975 and has been a gem amongst all the Calgary parks and green spaces ever since. Although it is now surrounded by Calgary’s urban sprawl, the park still retains a certain wildness, not found in other areas of the city. An abundance of wildlife and a variety of recreational opportunities have Calgarians flocking to Fish Creek Park, despite the weather or the season.

Count Georges William de Roaldes and home-made sleigh at Fish Creek, Priddis area, Alberta, 1912

Take a step back in time and relive some of the early history of the Fish Creek Valley with these vintage photos. Afterwards, you can take a deeper look at the history of Calgary with two previous posts, one looks specifically at the creation of Fort Calgary while the other is similar to this, a collection of historical photos. Enjoy!

Ford car stalled in Fish Creek, near Priddis, Alberta, 1926
Samuel W. Shaw family at Midnapore, Alberta, 1889-1899
Gymkhana, Fish Creek, Alberta, 1912
Group on Hull Ranch, Fish Creek, Midnapore, Alberta, 1896-1899
Pat Burns ranch on Fish Creek, Alberta, 1920
Pat Burns ranch on Fish Creek, Alberta, 1920
A.M. Stewart with his saddle horse at Fish Creek, Priddis, Alberta, 1904
Skating on Fish Creek, Bradfield Ranch, Priddis, Alberta, 1911
Fish Creek valley with John Glenn and Samuel Shaw houses, Midnapore, Alberta, 1883-1884
Harvesting on St. George’s Ranch, Fish Creek, Alberta, 1884
Threshing on St. George’s Ranch, Fish Creek, Alberta, 1884
Edwin John and Arthur Winterbottom with horses, St. George’s Ranch, Fish Creek, Alberta, 1884
Mrs. John Robinson (nee Marie Belcourt), Fish Creek, Alberta, 1884
Edwin John Winterbottom with Canada goose he has shot, Fish Creek, Alberta, 1884
Bow River and banks on east side of St. George’s Ranch, Fish Creek, Alberta, 1884
Horse thieves from the Crowsnest Pass at Fish Creek, Alberta. They were all run in by the North West Mounted Police, 1884
Log house and tent, Fish Creek, Alberta, 1884-1885
Hauling logs off the Bow River by Geddes Ranch, Fish Creek, Alberta, 1884
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Fish Creek, Midnapore, Alberta, 1889
Fish Creek near Samuel W. Shaw’s house, Midnapore, Alberta, 1890s
Ted Hills on St. George’s Ranch, Fish Creek, Alberta, 1885
James Votier, Calgary, Alberta, 1890
Ranch house under construction, St. George’s Ranch, Fish Creek, Alberta, 1885

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 Alberta. 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.