Mountain Cairns: A series on the history and culture of the Canadian Rocky Mountains

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Mary Schäffer was a photographer, writer, botanical painter, and mapmaker from Philadelphia, well known for her travels in the Canadian Rockies and Jasper at the turn of the 20th century. In Searching ...

Conrad Kain

Conrad Kain is a titan amongst climbers in Canada and is well-known in mountaineering circles all over the world. His letters to Amelie Malek—a life-long friend—offer a candid view into the deepest ...

Climber's Paradise

The Alpine Club of Canada imagined the Rockies and neighbouring ranges to the west and the north as a "climber's paradise. " Through a century of adventure and advocacy, the ACC led the way to mountain ...

J.B. Harkin

Many of Canada?s superb national parks owe their existence to James Bernard Harkin (1875?1955), the first commissioner of Canada?s new Dominion Parks Branch in 1911. Ted Hart follows Harkin?s career from ...

Culturing Wilderness in Jasper National Park

Adults need playgrounds. In 1907, the Canadian government designated a vast section of the Rocky Mountains as Jasper Forest Park. Tourists now play where Native peoples once lived, fur traders toiled, ...

This Wild Spirit

In 1912, Mary Vaux, a botanist, glaciologist, painter, and photographer, wrote about her mountain adventures:

“A day on the trail, or a scramble over the glacier, or even with a quiet day in camp to ...

Mapper of Mountains

Mapper of Mountains follows the career of Dominion Land Surveyor Morrison Parsons Bridgland, who provided the first detailed maps of many regions of the Canadian Rockies. Between 1902 and 1930, this unheralded ...