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Barr Fonds

  • BARR_2011_042
  • Fonds
  • [1927]-1938

Photographs belonging to Ross and Alison Barr documenting their life at Parkhurst sawmill on Green Lake, Whistler. One comic poem about Parkhurst.

From The Top

This photograph is an aerial view of Alta Lake that includes Rainbow Lodge and the PGE Line.

Photographs

Personal photos belonging to Franz Wilhelmsen, comprising:

Photos from Philip Wilhelmsen’s family album:

  • Franz with Annette and various other people, [1980s-1990s]
  • Franz and Stefan Ples. Caption on verso: “Dad/Stephan[sic] Ples”
  • Franz and another man standing next to a helicopter
  • Black and white photograph. Caption on verso: “Dad & Crown Princess Martha, 1942”

Skiing photographs:

  • Franz skiing with Pierre Trudeau and Jim McConkey [1970s]. Caption on verso: “McConkey/Trudeau/Dad”
  • Four people in skis sitting on a bench, March 1977

Ship photograph:

  • Nitinat. Caption: “Dad’s First Coastal Water Enterprise” [1950s]. The Nitinat was a ship, part of Franz’s first business venture after the war.

Captioned photographs:

  • Four people in skis sitting on a bench. Caption: “ ‘One of the [Lawman] Annie Benches’ – The plank would be raised as the snow deapth [sic] increased. Invented by Annette Wilhelmsen, to the right in her canary suit.”
  • Douglas McKay Brown, Franz Wilhelmsen, Eric Beardmore and Annette Wilhelmsen boarding a train. Caption: “Spring 1961, early morning boarding on P.G.E. Railway for exploring around Alta Lake: Douglas McKay Brown, Vancouver Solicitor, Franz, Eric Beardmore who built the first hotel at Whistler, the Cheakamus Inn, and Annette Wilhelmsen.”
  • The old Stud Sawmill. Caption: “This is what was left of the old stud sawmill in the Valley by 1960.”

Holiday card photographs

Negatives:

  • Early Whistler, 1961-1962
  • Franz Wilhelmsen
  • Boarding the train
  • Standing by a helicopter

Harrop's Cottages with PGE Tracks

This photograph shows a view of Alta Lake that encompasses both Harrop's cabins and the PGE Railway tracks. In addition, note the person out rowing on the glassy surface of the lake.

An annotation on the reverse of the photograph reads, "My last day at Alta Lake- 1953 Fall."

Slides

Photographs taken by Clifford Fenner from his work in Garibaldi Provincial Park and his travels in British Columbia, the United States, and Colombia.

Pacific Great Eastern Passenger Train Schedules

A Pacific Great Eastern Passenger Train booklet issued June 25th, 1960. The front and back feature a two-page spread with a picture of an unidentified lake in the mountains. There is also a two page spread on the inside with the map of the train lines in B.C. and small pictures of the Peace River Bridge, Alta Lake, Howe Sound, Cornish Pump Quesnel, Fraser Canyon and Train No. 1 at North Van. The inside pages contain the train timetables, information on bus transport between Vancouver and North Vancouver, as well as general ticket and baggage information.

35mm Negatives and Prints

Photographs and negatives including but not limited to skiing on Whistler Mountain, hang-gliding, Gelandesprung ski jump contest, competitive downhill ski races, recreational skiing, Tokum Corners, Toad Hall, windsurfing on Alta Lake, canoeing and kayaking on the River of Golden Dreams and Alta Lake, Ski Patrol, the avalauncher gun, avalanche control, the Pacific Great Eastern train, tracks, maintenance, and during a snowstorm, fishing on Alta Lake, the Gondola Barn in Creekside, chairlifts on Whistler Mountain, Roundhouse, Nancy Greene Summer Ski School, Molson World Cup Downhill 1984, landscapes of Whistler, Pemberton, Mount Currie Rodeo, salmon-smoking, and parties at Jordan's Lodge on Nita Lake.

Whistler Ne[??]ks Burning J.R. Xmas

Photographs of fresh ski tracks in the T- Bar Bowl, the Pacific Great Eastern train carrying wood chips near Alta Lake station, Alta Lake looking north, the new Tokum Corner front porch and walkway, and the 'Motor Moose' sculpture made from found objects.

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