Old Photographs of Fishing in Alberta

Here in southern Alberta we have access to world-class trout fishing in the Bow River. People come from all over the world to fish the cool, clear water for some of the largest and hardest-fighting trout species found in any river in North America. As you can see from the following photos, the watersheds across this province have provided plentiful bounties for more than a century. I hope you enjoy this collection of historical photos featuring a favourite pastime for many Albertans.

Rosebud Creek near Springfield Ranch, Beynon, Alberta, 1900
Man fishing, Springfield Ranch, Beynon, Alberta, 1900
Men with catch of fish, Fort Macleod area, Alberta, 1900-1919
Fort Macleod, Alberta, 1902
Fishermen with catch, Trout Creek, Alberta, 1902
Fisherman and large fish, Banff, Alberta, 1880s
W.H. Mitcheltree and Tom Wilson, Banff National Park, Alberta, early 1900s
North-West Mounted Police barracks with man fishing in the river, Calgary, Alberta, 1886
Two men below McEachran Falls, Callum Creek, on Upper Walrond Ranch, Alberta, 1893
Men seated on lakeshore with catch of 65 Lake Trout, Lake Minnewanka, Alberta, 1893
Cut throat trout from the Bow River at Calgary, Alberta, 1884
Survey party, Peace River area, Alberta, 1905
Hugh Gordon fishing near Banff, Alberta, 1910-1929
On Grand Trunk Pacific survey, Little Pembina River, Alberta, 1910-1911
Fisherman in river, southern Alberta, 1910s
Survey party member, High River area, Alberta, 1910
Boy fishing, Banff National Park, Alberta, 1909
Bruce Hunter and Ben McBain with catch of fish, Dog Pound, Alberta, 1905-1906
Members of fishing expedition, Waterton Lakes, Alberta, 1907
Anne V. Kemmis and Kathleen Elton with catch of fish, Pincher Creek area, Alberta, 1911
Cooking on fishing trip, southern Alberta, 1913-1919
Charles W. Dingman fishing in Sheep Creek (Sheep River), Alberta, 1914-1917
Young men with catch of fish, Calgary, Alberta, 1912
Fish hanging on automobile grill, southern Alberta, 1913

For even more fishing-related content, please read my previous posts Gone Fishin’ and Vintage Photos of Ice Fishing from Across Alberta.

Fishing on the Red Deer River, Rosedale area, Alberta, 1912-1919

The photos above were collected from the Glenbow Archives. 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. Stay tuned for additional posts featuring historical photos from across Alberta. We’d love to know what you think on social media.



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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.