The Banff-Windermere Highway

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The Banff-Windermere Highway. Cover.

The Banff-Windermere Highway. Cover. (Williams, Mabel Bertha. Ottawa: F. A. Acland, 1924. Public domain. While Mabel Berta Williams is recognized as the author of this guidebook, she is not credited as such within the publication itself.)

This image appears in: MacEachern, Alan. “MB Williams: Living & Writing the Early Years of Parks Canada.” Environment & Society Portal, Virtual Exhibitions 2018, no. 2. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.

The construction, a few years ago, of the Grand Trunk Pacific and the Canadian Northern railways across the Yellowhead pass to the north, opened up two new highways of steel across the mountains, but with the exception of these more or less confined and restricted methods of access to the paradise of the Rockies the only route of travel over the central ranges was the mountain trail, the only means of conveyance the picturesque but somewhat cumbersome pack train. The cutting of the ribbons on the Banff-Windermere highway on June 30, 1923, meant that a new triumph had been won over the physical obstacles of nature, a magnificent preparation made for the new and fascinating mode of travel which has already revolutionized modern life, and a new open-air and open-sky way provided to the scenic treasures of Western Canada. (Text from Chapter 1)

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