In 1915 Morrison Parson Bridgland began surveying Jasper to produce the first topographical maps of the area. He also took 735 photos that are now a valuable visual record of the state of Jasper National Park in its early years. Those photographs, along with repeat photos taken in the last decade to show how fire has changed the landscape, are part of the Changes to the Land exhibit happening until December 31 at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum. By Sara Samson
Swiss Guides in Jasper
Over 100 years ago, tourist interest in mountaineering led Canadian Pacific hotels to hire Swiss guides to teach safe climbing techniques. They led hundreds of first ascents from 1899 to 1954. A new generation of Swiss guides that arrived in the mid 20th century helped develop modern mountain rescue, avalanche research and heli-skiing. Learn how these European transplants fostered an appreciation for the mountains at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum’s Swiss Guides exhibit, March 3 to 27.—LS
Warden Family, courtesy Whyte Museum
In partnership with the Jasper Yellowhead Museum for the 100th anniversary of the Warden Service, Banff’s Whyte Museum hosts A Way of Life, A Legacy to Protect: 100 Years of the Warden Service until November 15th. The exhibit tells the story of a warden’s life back when each headquarters was a simple log cabin from which wardens performed varied duties such as building backcountry cabins, maintaining trails and forestry telephone lines, patrolling campgrounds, caring for animals, controlling mosquitoes and operating ski patrols. The Whyte has added the Warden’s climbing expedition (part of the 1985 centennial of the creation Canada’s national park system), the essential supporting role of Warden’s families, as well as the story of Windy Lodge (No. 3 Warden Patrol Cabin) situated on the Museum’s riverside grounds.
The railway has been part of Jasper since 1911.
- Admire the arts and crafts architecture of the restored 1926 Jasper Heritage Train Station
- See 1923 CNR steam locomotive 6015, displayed by the station
- Read railway interpretive panels along the Discovery Trail that parallels the tracks
- Visit Jasper-Yellowhead Museum railway history displays
- Take in Yellowhead Pass, Fraser River and Mt Robson during a half day train tour with SunDog Tours or Jasper Adventure Centre. —JN