Bert Riggall's Greater Waterton
A Conservation LegacyBook - 2018
In 1905, a young Englishman on a survey crew in southern Alberta came to the place the First Nations People called "The Lakes Within". What young Bert Riggall saw was a broad valley parting the mountains and three major lakes in succession cupped in stone. In his notebook he wrote: "Canada's Switzerland. I will take a homestead in this place."
Bert Riggall was a legendary guide and outfitter in the Waterton Lakes region of the Canadian Rockies in the early 1900's. He shared his deep love and knowledge of the area with his guests and neighbours. An outstanding photographer, Riggall captured the magnificent scenery from his saddle horse as he traversed the high country with his clients. Those photographs fuelled an emerging tourism industry and set in motion the conservation of the Greater Waterton region.
This book commemorates the lives of Bert Riggall and his family and celebrates the conservation initiatives at work in the Greater Waterton. It speaks to humanity's love of nature and our passion to protect it.