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In 1905, a young Englishman on a survey crew in southern Alberta came to the place the First Nations People called "The Lakes Within". What young Bert Riggall saw was a broad valley parting the mountains and three major lakes in succession cupped in stone. In his notebook he wrote: "Canada's Switzerland. I will take a homestead in this place." Bert Riggall became a legendary guide and outfitter. He shared his deep knowledge of the high country with his guests. This book commemorates the lives of Bert Riggall and his family and celebrates the conservation initiatives at work in the Greater Waterton. It speaks to humanity's love of nature and our passion to protect it.
Riggall's black and white photographs, letters and maps are the book's heart. A self-taught photographer, Riggall's images were a lure for a fledgling tourism industry, the eyes of change for an emerging conservation movement. Leaving an impressive archival record of more than 14,000 photographs, records, diaries, maps and letters, the Riggall archives are considered to be of "outstanding significance and national importance" by the Cultural Property Export Review Board.
This anthology will feature an ensemble of award-winning writers and contributors including Fred Stenson, Charlie Russell and Sid Marty.