Culturing Wilderness in Jasper National Park

Studies in Two Centuries of Human History in the Upper Athabasca River Watershed


Culturing Wilderness in Jasper National Park

Adults need playgrounds. In 1907, the Canadian government designated a vast section of the Rocky Mountains as Jasper Forest Park. Tourists now play where Native peoples once lived, fur traders toiled, and Métis families homesteaded. In Culturing Wilderness in Jasper National Park, I.S. MacLaren and eight other writers unearth the largely unrecorded past of the upper Athabasca River watershed, and bring to light two centuries' worth of human history, tracing the evolution of trading routes into the Rockies’ largest park. Serious history enthusiasts and those with an interest in Canada’s national parks will find a sense of connection in this long overdue study of Jasper.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front Cover 1
Title Page 4
Copyright 5
Contents 6
Foreword | Chrétien 8
Abbreviations 11
Acknowledgements 12
Map and Legend for Map—Jasper: A Partial Toponymy 13
Introduction 16
1 The Fur Trade on the Upper Athabasca River,1810–1910 | Payne 46
2 Henry James Warre’s and Paul Kane’s Sketches in the Athabasca Watershed, 1846 | MacLaren 86
3 "Following the Base of the Foothills” | Murphy 116
4 Homesteading in the Athabasca Valley to 1910 | Murphy 168
5 Opening the Secret Garden | Reichwein & McDermott 200
6 The Changing Habitat of Jasper Tourism | Taylor 244
7 Laying the Tracks for Tourism | Zezulka-Mailloux 278
8 The Golden Years of Mountaineering in Canada | Robinson 306
9 Twinning Reality, or How Taking History Seriously Changes How We Understand Ecological Restoration in Jasper National Park | Higgs 334
Contributors 362
Bibliography 364
Index 382