Land Use


Canmore, Alberta in 1903 (Geological Survey of Canada) and in 2001 (CW collection).

Land use in the Northwest has rapidly changed from First Nation campsites and villages to European communities based upon timber, mining, and agriculture.  Most recently, these land uses have shifted to resorts and “second home” communities dependent on recreation and scenic landscapes. Then and now photography provides is one technique to document this massive change in land use sweeping across the west.