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Photos Of Banff From the 1950s Are Stunning

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It's times like these we wish we had a time machine.

These vintage photos, pulled from the Library and Archives of Canada, transport us to a time in Alberta's Rocky Mountains when (crazy) people fed bears on the side of the road, skis were still made of wood and there was nary a cellphone in sight.

Judging from the antique photographs some things never change — including the clear waters of the Bow River, the majesty of the mountains, and the amount of fun people have when visiting Banff and Lake Louise.

  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Canoeing on Bow River at Banff, Alberta. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Cave and Basin swimming pool, Banff National Park, Alberta. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Jean Hilts of Banff School of Fine Arts paints along the Bow River. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Man and woman at Banff-Jasper Highway looking down on the Peyto Valley. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Man takes photograph of two women in front of administration building in Banff. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Riders pause on the banks of the Bow River, 1953. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    One man, two women and a young girl on horseback at an Indian Trading Post, Banff, Alberta. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canad
    Skier Shirley Cain, Banff National Park, Alberta. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Students painting some of the remarkable scenery in the Park. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Two women feeding a black bear at Nuisance Grands, Banff National Park. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Two women in a field of poppies near Lake Louise. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Two women posing with a cartoon sign on the lawn of the Administration Gardens, Banff National Park. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Two women rock climbing near Moraine Lake. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Two women skiing, Moraine Lake Road. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Woman admiring autumn scene, Banff National Park. Source
  • National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada
    Young person feeding mountain sheep on Banff-Lake Louise Road. Source

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