LETTER FROM THE EDITOR,
CANADIAN ROCKIES ANNUAL, VOL. 2
By Meghan J. Ward
“Enjoy every step you take. If you’re curious, there is always something new to be discovered in the backdrop of your daily life.” – Roy T. Bennett
I recently came across a photograph taken by Byron Harmon in 1920 of a ski jump built on the lower flanks of Tunnel Mountain. In it, a skier is flying midair above a landing slope – a residential street lined by spectators. As I looked more closely at the image, it dawned on me that the building on that street is none other than Mary Schäffer’s historic home. Opposite that home the photograph shows a vacant lot, where today stands another home: the one I live in.
To confirm my observations I ventured outdoors to take a look at the slope. And there it was: evidence of a clear-cut where the jump once stood, now marked by saplings that have grown in intervening years. This compelling piece of history was etched into a place I had walked past hundreds of times before.
The discovery reminded me that history gives us a perspective we cannot gain elsewhere. By studying former times we establish a context that helps us make sense of the present. Like a crystal ball in reverse, we see how past decisions impact the future. And, occasionally, we find answers to questions we didn’t even know we were asking.
To create Volume 2, our team and contributors pulled on many threads to unravel the often complex and heavily nuanced history of the Canadian Rockies. By doing so, we discovered a world beyond the common tales and iconic figures that dominate the history books – stories that have long been buried or, in some cases, never before been documented. May these articles inspire you to live curiously and take time to pull on the countless threads that remain. Who knows what you’ll find at the other end?
-Meghan J. Ward, Editor-in-Chief
Writer, adventurer, outdoorsy mama and summit cartwheeler, Meghan J. Ward is the editor and co-founder at Crowfoot Media and lives for backcountry getaways.