The Great Canadian Outdoors: Vintage Rockies Postcards


 Lake Louise & Victoria Glacier — About 1949

It’s safe to say that when many Americans think of Canada they visualize vast expanses of nature and, in particular, the Canadian Rockies.  These vintage postcards — most of which are colored photos — feature scenes of the Rockies in Alberta, spanning the early 1900s up to the early 1960s.


Athabasca Glacier — About 1960 (Love that funky snow bus!)



Bow Valley, Banff — About 1950s



Bow Valley, Showing Golf Course — About 1950s



Cascade Mountain, Banff — Early 1900s  (This was quite a ride then in a horse drawn carriage.)



Cascade Mountain, Banff — 1920s



 Wind Mountain, Alberta — About 1910s

34 responses

  1. Wow! Where did you find these fabulous vintage postcards? They’re great! Having been out west, I can picture the real thing through these (minus that oh so funky snow bus!)

  2. I like looking at these Brett. Is fun to see what these places looked like, especially the ones I’ve seen. I was in Banff in the early ’80s but not in horse drawn wagon 🙂

  3. Love them. I echo Fiola (first comment in this chain), Funny thing is, the super-saturated, unreal/hyper-real colour of this era of photography has been revived, largely thanks to TV shows like CSI Miami. What’s old is new!

  4. Love those postcards, especially as I was lucky enough to see most of those views a few years ago. The snow bus was just a little bit different to the one in the postcard 🙂

    • That’s interesting about the Canadian Pacific bringing in Swiss guides. It seems that railroad was always connecting the dots literally and figuratively.

  5. I just found your blog and I am delighted as I also love Canada. Your postcards are lovely – I collect vintage postcards and try to show some on my posts when appropriate. I first went to Canada after arriving from Paris to the US and taking a 2 months trip on Greyhound! Whenever I cannot go back home (to France) I try to go to Canada so I can speak some French, but even where they don’t speak French (like in BC or Newfoundland) it is a wonderful country to visit. I remember in the 80s when I was going to visit a French friend who lived in Montreal I tried to find a book on Canada history in the local bookstores (here in Atlanta) and could not find one. The salesperson told me that there was no call for them … I ended up getting one from France! Canada may not be appreciated in the US but it is loved everywhere else.

    • Thanks very much for your comment and bravo for all that you mention here. Yes, I’ve often heard it said that going to Quebec is like a less expensive visit to France and it certainly provides many opportunities to practice the language. Best, Brett

  6. Pingback: Quebec Charm in Vintage Postcards « O' Canada

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