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In this image with no date, two men stand on snowshoes, each holding a gun. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A488) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Snowshoers in the sun

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


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In this image with no date, two  unknown children held up an owl one snowy day. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A588) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Kids with owl

Posted on January 29th, 2016 by


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In this image with no date, some outdoors enthusiasts travel through frigid waters on Lake of the Hanging Glacier. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Boat ride at Lake of the Hanging Glacier

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 by


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In this image with no date, a team of skaters prepare for a hockey game. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Historical hockey

Posted on January 15th, 2016 by


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Let it snow

In this image with no date, Percy Lake stands with a snow shovel in front of several snow-covered structures. If you have any more information, e-mail us at information@columbiavalleypioneer.com.	      
Photo (A366) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Let it snow

Posted on January 8th, 2016 by


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In this image taken in the Columbia Valley, date unknwon, two horses pull a group of people through the snow. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (C1084) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Horsedrawn sleigh

Posted on January 1st, 2016 by


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To mark the birthday of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 42 years ago on December 25th, 1972, we at The Pioneer thought it fitting, in our December 25th issue, to include a photograph of Mr. Trudeau taken here in the valley when he was passing through on Sunday, August 13th, 2013. Mr. Trudeau is pictured in Steve’s Place in Canal Flats with his son Xavier and owner Steve Fowler. Mr. Trudeau and his family were the last paying customers before the café was shut down. Photo submitted

Happy birthday Mr. Prime Minister

Posted on December 24th, 2015 by


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In this image, taken in 1945, three men take a rest break at the mill site of the Futa Tie Mill west of Invermere. Pictured are Harold Bearham, Bill Fry and Bill Durham. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A540) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Milling about, 1945

Posted on December 11th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1972, people lined up at the door to witness the opening ceremony of the Windermere 
District Hospital’s new addition in Invermere. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A523) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Hospital’s opening ceremony, 1972

Posted on November 27th, 2015 by


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In this image, Madeline Turnor leans on her Anglia car in 1968 while taking a break during a work bee at the original site of the Invermere museum, south of Pothole Park. The buildings in the photograph are the Shell Service Station owned by Ray Taft and Blakley’s Service Station. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A380) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Lady leaning on a car, 1968

Posted on November 20th, 2015 by


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In this image dated 1908, Jack Taynton, Oswald McGuiness and Alex Ritchie are seated on a porch. Mr. McGuiness and Mr. Ritchie are enjoying their pipes. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A483) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Three men on a porch, 1908

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1945, Invermere residents gather to examine armoured army vehicles in town as part of a Victory Loan Drive. The Canadian government conducted 10 such drives during the war to promote victory bonds, special government bonds sold to raise funds to cover war costs. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A498) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Victory Loan Drive, 1945

Posted on November 6th, 2015 by


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In this image, dating back to the 1930s, Jack Jones, Bud Cox, Bill Lee, Carl Jones, Joe Pietrosky (coach), Dave McGuinness, Hans Braaten, Sandy Dobboe, Alec Johnston, Harold Saunders and Ralph Tobiason played hockey at the Skating rink in Invermere. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A375) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Great Canadian Sport, 1930s

Posted on October 30th, 2015 by


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Wilmer resident and renowned photographer/mountaineer Pat Morrow had a brief encounter in 1972 with Canada’s freshly elected prime minister when Justin Trudeau was just a tot in his mother’s arms. Mr. Morrow was working as a teenage photography intern for the Calgary Herald at the time, and was assigned to take a shot of then prime-minister Pierre Trudeau with his wife, Margaret, and young son, Justin, as they disembarked from a trans-Canada train ride in Calgary on their way to a mountaineering holiday in the Bugaboos. (According to Mr. Morrow, Hans Gmoser and Leo Grillmair guided Pierre Trudeau on several climbs in the Purcells and Rockies in the early ‘70s.) Much thanks to Mr. Morrow for sharing this iconic photo with the Columbia Valley.      
Photo courtesy of 
Pat Morrow

A future prime minister

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 by


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Gas Pump and Store, 1940

Posted on October 16th, 2015 by


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This image dates back to between the 1950s and 1960s. Pictured in the sheep pens are (left to right) Jeanette Ogilvy-Wills, Joe Awmack, and Ken Marples with Captain Ogilvy-Wills partially obscured in the right rear. If you have any more information about when this photo was taken, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A348) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Three people with sheep

Posted on October 9th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1940, a group of friends ring in the New Year at the Olivers in Radium Hot Springs on December 31st. Back row, left to right: Mr. Barthan, Mrs. Meredith, T.N. Weir, Mrs. Ashworth, Mr. Ashworth, Mrs. Chrisholm, A.M. Chrisholm, Mr. Oliver and Mr. Meredith. Seated, left to right, are Mr. Taylor, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Bartman, Anna Bartman, Mrs. T. Weir, Mrs. Coy, Dr. Coy. Mrs. Oliver and Miss Fisher. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A325) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

New Year’s Eve Party, 1940

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1919, Mr. and Mrs. N.T. Bavin stood with their daughter Grace on the steps in front of a house. Later, Mrs. Walter Jones joined them.They arrived in Invermere in 1919, along with their son Nathan Thomas, in 1920. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com .Photo (A343) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Taking the next step, 1919

Posted on September 24th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated sometime in the 1940s, a man on a mower (Ang Atchison) and a man (Lloyd Watkins) on a tractor work in Brisco at the Watkins Farm. The source of this photo is Beth Watkins. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A318) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Tilling the field, 1940s

Posted on September 18th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1948, Madeline Turnor is holding a cat as she stands in front of the home of her father, Dr. P. Turnor, in Invermere. Years later, the home burned down the same night as the Invermere Hotel burned down. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A299) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Cozy with a cat, 1948

Posted on September 11th, 2015 by


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