This video clip shows an East Kootenays road trip road in the mid-1940s. It comprises excerpts from Kootenay East, a BC Government Travel Bureau travelogue, which was filmed in 1944-45 and copyrighted in 1948.

    Starting from Kootenay Prairie, the clip highlights:

    • local guest ranches;
    • the Sullivan Mine (silver-lead-zinc) at Kimberley;
    • the coal industry at Fernie and Michel (as well as Fernie’s unique golf course);
    • the history of Fort Steele;
    • Cranbrook’s municipal swimming pool (!); and
    • a customs stop at Kingsgate crossing on the Canada-US border.

     

    The source film is BC Archives AAAA1074 at the Royal BC Museum. These excerpts were also featured in the Royal BC Museum DVD Evergreen Playland: A Road Trip through British Columbia (2008).

     

    The “mad rush” as miners come off shift at the Sullivan Mine, Kimberley. (Digital frame grab from BC Archives V1989:40/002.03)

    Fort Steele. (Digital frame grab from BC Archives V1989:40/002.03)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Kingsgate. (Digital frame grab from BC Archives V1989:40/002.03)

    Dennis J. Duffy

    BC Archives

    Archivist (Retired)

    View Profile