Wilderness and Waterpower: How Banff National Park Became a Hydro-Electric Storage Reservoir

By Christopher Armstrong and H. V. Nelles

© 2013

Wilderness and Waterpower: How Banff National Park Became a Hydroelectric Storage Reservoir explores how the need for electricity at the turn of the century affected and shaped Banff National Park. Today's conservationists and energy researchers will find much to think about in this tale of Alberta's early need for electricity, entrepreneurial greed, debates over aboriginal ownership of the river, moving park boundaries to accommodate hydro-electric initiatives, the importance of water for tourism, rural electrification, and the ultimate diversion to coal-produced electricity. It is also a lively national story, involving the irrepressible and impetuous Max Aitkin (later Lord Beaverbook), R.B. Bennett (local legal advisor and later prime minister), and a series of local politicians and bureaucrats whose contributions confuse and conflate issues along the way.
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  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 286 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.9in x 0.7in x 9.0in
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Wilderness and Waterpower: How Banff National Park Became a Hydro-Electric Storage Reservoir

By Christopher Armstrong and H. V. Nelles

© 2013

Wilderness and Waterpower: How Banff National Park Became a Hydroelectric Storage Reservoir explores how the need for electricity at the turn of the century affected and shaped Banff National Park. Today's conservationists and energy researchers will find much to think about in this tale of Alberta's early need for electricity, entrepreneurial greed, debates over aboriginal ownership of the river, moving park boundaries to accommodate hydro-electric initiatives, the importance of water for tourism, rural electrification, and the ultimate diversion to coal-produced electricity. It is also a lively national story, involving the irrepressible and impetuous Max Aitkin (later Lord Beaverbook), R.B. Bennett (local legal advisor and later prime minister), and a series of local politicians and bureaucrats whose contributions confuse and conflate issues along the way.
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  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 286 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.9in x 0.7in x 9.0in
Christopher Armstrong is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of History at York University. His numerous books on Canadian history have won critical acclaim.|
H.V. Nelles is the L.R. Wilson Professor of Canadian History at McMaster University and a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University. He is the unprecedented two-time recipient of the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for the best book in Canadian History.
BPAA Alberta Book Publishing Award for Scholarly and Academic Book
2014
FHSS Canada Prize in the Social Sciences
2014