Sunday, August 3, 2014

Life in Banff, Canada in the 1950s through Kodachrome

Banff is a town within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. It was the first municipality to incorporate within a Canadian national park. Banff is a resort town and one of Canada's most popular tourist destinations, known for its mountainous surroundings and hot springs. It is a destination for outdoor sports and features extensive hiking, biking, scrambling and skiing areas within the area. Here, a collection of wonderful colour photos of daily life in Banff in the 1950's.

A man photographs two women in a canoe on the Bow River, 1952.

The swimming pool at Cave and Basin, 1948.

A woman paints near the Bow River, 1953.

A couple looking down the Peyto Valley, 1953.

A man photographs two women in the garden of the Administration Building, with the main street of the town of Banff behind, 1952.

Riders pause on the banks of the Bow River, 1953.

People in front of the Indian Trading Post (which is still there), 1952.

Skier Shirley Cain in front of Castle Mountain, 1951.

Art students painting hoodoos, 1957.

Women coming stupidly, horrifyingly close to a black bear, 1951.

Women in a field of poppies near Lake Louise, 1951.

Women posing with an Elmer Fudd sign in the gardens of the Administration Building, 1951.

Women clambering over rocks near Morraine Lake, 1951.

Women skiing on Lake Moraine Road, 1951.

Autumn in Banff, 1951.

A child feeding mountain sheep on the Banff-Lake Louise road, 1952.

(Photos courtesy of National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada, via The Passion of Former Days)

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