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Wilderness and Waterpower: How Banff National Park Became a Hydroelectric Storage Reservoir

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Christopher Armstrong
H. V. Nelles
978-1-55238-636-1 (Institutional PDF)
978-1-55238-637-8 (ePub)
$34.95 CAD / $41.95 USD
272 pages
Energy, Ecology and Environment
February 2013


About the Book: 

This engaging book 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.

About the Author(s): 

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.

Shortlisted, Scholarly and Academic Book Award, 2014 (Alberta Book Publishing Awards)
Shortlisted, Canada Prize in the Social Sciences, 2014 (Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences)