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edition:Paperback
category: Photography
published: Oct 2017
ISBN:9781987915525
publisher: Caitlin Press

Surveying the Great Divide

The Alberta/BC Boundary Survey, 1913-1917

by Jay Sherwood

tagged: historical
Description

First in new photobook series geared to surveying buffs from prolific author and historian, Jay Sherwood. In 1917 Canada commemorated its 50th anniversary against the backdrop of World War I. Although the war effort was the main focus of the&nbspfederal and provincial governments, some important projects continued. The Alberta-BC boundary survey, which had started in 1913 during an&nbspeconomic boom in western Canada, continued to receive funding throughout the war. It was quintessentially a Canadian project - talented&nbspCanadian surveyors using the most modern equipment available, transported by horses and humans through rugged wilderness country to&nbspmountain passes and the summits of peaks along the Great (Continental) Divide.

Throughout their journey, the surveyors documented their work, leaving behind not only a comprehensive collection of letters and journals, but&nbspalso one of the most extensive collections of surveying photography in North America. The survey crew climbed many mountains, taking&nbsppictures from the peaks that were later used to create the first detailed maps of the Great Divide. Today scientists are taking repeat&nbspphotographs at the same locations, documenting the dramatic changes the have occurred in the Rocky Mountain landscape during the past&nbspcentury.

One hundred years later, as Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Jay Sherwood's SURVEYING THE GREAT DIVIDE&nbspoffers a testimony to the fortitude of the survey crews who risked their lives working in remote, mountainous terrain documenting the boundary&nbspbetween Alberta and BC.

About the Author

Jay Sherwood is the author of two other books about Frank Swannell: Surveying Northern British Columbia (a 2005 BC Book Prize finalist) and Surveying Central British Columbia (second-prize winner in the 2007 BC Historical Federation Writing Competition). He now lives in Vancouver, where he works as a teacher-librarian.

Contributor Notes

Jay Sherwood is the author of seven BC history books, including SURVEYING NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA, SURVEYING CENTRAL BRITISH COLUMBIA, RETURN TO NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA, FURROWS IN THE SKY: THE ADVENTURES OF GERRY ANDREWS, IN THE SHADOW OF THE GREAT WAR, SURVEYING SOUTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA and THE LANDSCAPE OF ERNEST LAMARQUE. His latest book is OOTSA LAKE ODYSSEY. Sherwood is a retired teacher-librarian and currently lives in Burnaby.

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