MP-0000.158.103 | The Great Divide, AB-BC, about 1925

 
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Photograph, glass lantern slide
The Great Divide, AB-BC, about 1925
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1925, 20th century
Silver salts and transparent ink on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 10 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
MP-0000.158.103
© McCord Museum
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The Great Divide: Six miles west of Lake Louise is the "Great Divide" -- which is at once the highest elevation of the Canadian Pacific Railway (5,326 feet), the boundary between Alberta and British Columbia, and the very backbone of the continent. It is markes by an arch spanning a stream, under which the water divides, by one of those freaks by which Nature diverts herself, into two little brooks that have vastly different fates. The waters that flow to the east eventually reach Hudson Bay and the Atlantic Ocean; the rivulet that runs to the west adds its mite to the volume of the Pacific."

Excerpt from "ACROSS CANADA BY C. P. R.", Section 5--The Canadian Rockies; booklet, McGill University Illustrated Lectures, 1928.