From Kootenay Prairie to Kingsgate (East Kootenays, 1944-45)

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)

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