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January 15, 2017

Road Trip - Summer of '54: Amazing Trip Diary Through Vintage Photos of A Freelance Photographer

On July 31, 1954, freelance photographer Rosemary Gilliat and her girlfriends, Anna Brown, Audrey James and Helen Salkeld, packed up Helen's Plymouth station wagon and began their 12,391-kilometre road trip across Canada.

During the next 38 days, they crossed five provinces and four states, travelling through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Washington, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota, and returning to Ottawa on September 6.

Here is their amazing trip diary through 98 vintage photos.

Helen Salkeld, Audrey James, Anna Brown and Rosemary Gilliat (left to right) getting ready to leave Ottawa, Ontario for their Trans-Canada Highway trip, July 31, 1954

Anna Brown, Helen Salkeld and Audrey James stopping at Deep River (Ottawa River), Ontario. July 31, 1954

Audrey James in a tent [possibly near Temagami, Ontario, July 31, 1954]

Audrey James standing at a large road sign on the Trans-Canada Highway near Kirkland Lake, Ontario, August 1, 1954

Audrey James, Anna Brown and Helen Salkeld erecting tents, Moonbeam, Ontario, August 1, 1954

Anna Brown half asleep in a tent, Moonbeam, Ontario, August 1, 1954

Downtown street in Hearst, Ontario, August 2, 1954

Supper by deserted gold mine buildings, possibly near Geraldton, Ontario, August 2, 1954

Anna Brown cooking outdoors, possibly in the vicinity of Klotz Lake near Geraldton, Ontario, August 2, 1954

 Audrey James seated on the ground putting curlers in her hair, possibly near Geraldton, Ontario, August 2, 1954

Anna Brown getting out of a lake in Northern Ontario, August 2, 1954

 Anna Brown and Helen Salkeld on a lakeshore, Nipigon, Ontario, August 3, 1954

 Anna Brown, Helen Salkeld, Audrey James and Rosemary Gilliat below an ore dock, Port Arthur, Ontario, August 3, 1954

 Supper beside English River, Ontario, August 3, 1954

 Anna Brown and Helen Salkeld erecting tents, English River, Ontario, August 3, 1954

Audrey James overlooking a paper mill, Dryden, Ontario, August 4, 1954

Who likes washing dishes anyway...Kenora, Ontario, August 4, 1954

 Highway 1 sign on the Trans-Canada Highway in Manitoba, August 4, 1954

Helen Salkeld (left), Rosemary Gilliat (centre), Anna Brown (right) and Audrey James (back) having a dinner in a gravel pit, possibly in the vicinity of Whiteshell, Manitoba, August 

Group of Hutterite girls (Christina Gross, second from the right), Headingley, Manitoba, August 5, 1954

 Makeshift bath in Prairies. Audrey James washing up, Portage-la-Prairie, Manitoba, August 5, 1954

Helen Salkeld holding a bottle of wine, Portage-la-Prairie, Manitoba, August 5, 1954

 Helen Salkeld and Anna Brown feeding pigs, Portage-la-Prairie camp, Manitoba, August 5, 1954

 Cowboys, Brandon (Manitoba), August 6, 1954

 Anna Brown, Audrey James, Helen Salkeld and two cowboys, Brandon, Manitoba, August 6, 1954

 A muddy Trans-Canada Highway in Saskatchewan near the Manitoba border, August 6, 1954

 Anna Brown getting dressed at a campsite, [vicinity of Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan], August 7, 1954

 Main street in a small town in the Prairies, Saskatchewan, August 7, 1954

 Audrey James improvising on a column in front of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, Regina, August 8, 1954

 Grain elevators on the prairies, Saskatchewan, August 8, 1954

 Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan, August 8, 1954

 Audrey James standing on the hood of Helen Salkeld's station wagon taking a photograph of the prairies, southern Saskatchewan, August 8, 1954

 Audrey James walking on a bridge in southern Saskatchewan, August 8, 1954

 Anna Brown at the Salkeld family farm, Eston, Saskatchewan, August 9, 1954

 Helen Salkeld with a saddle, Eston, Saskatchewan, August 9, 1954

 Anna Brown photographing horses, Eston, Saskatchewan, August 9, 1954

 Boy named Chester with two Scotch collies, Eston, Saskatchewan, August 9, 1954

 Helen Salkeld riding a horse, Eston, Saskatchewan, August 9, 1954

 Anna Brown and ferry operator Mr. Weekes on Lancer Ferry, South Saskatchewan River, August 10, 1954

 Carter Construction, Man Standing in Doorway of Shack, August 10, 1954

 Helen Salkeld, Anna Brown and Audrey James setting up their camp by the Oldman River, Alberta, August 10, 1954

 Lethbridge fair, Alberta, August 11, 1954

 Street performers, Lethbridge fair, Alberta, August 11, 1954

 Audrey James and Anna Brown by the Oldman River, Alberta, August 11, 1954

Audrey James and Marg Thompson with a dog in the back of a truck, De Winton, Alberta, August 12, 1954

 Helen Salkeld and Audrey James at Turner Valley Oil Field, Alberta, August 12, 1954

Dave Blacklock and Audrey James, Turner Valley, Alberta, August 12, 1954

 Beaver Traces and Anna, Bow River, Alberta, August 13, 1954

View looking down from a hill onto residential neighbourhoods, possibly in Calgary, Alberta, August 13, 1954

 Audrey James, Billy Thompson and his daughter in front of a store, High River, Alberta, August 14, 1954

 On the road to the Rocky Mountain Forest Reserve, Kananaskis valley, Alberta, August 15, 1954

 Helen Salkeld, Anna Brown, Audrey James, Rosemary Gilliat and the Thompson family stopping for lunch, Kananaskis, Alberta, August 15, 1954

 Billy Thompson and Helen Salkeld, Kananaskis, Alberta, August 15, 1954

 Helen Salkeld, Anna Brown, Audrey James and Thompson family on a mountain, Kananaskis, Alberta, August 15, 1954

 Audrey James and Helen Salkeld on a mountain, Kananaski, Alberta, August 15, 1954

 Helen Salkeld registering at the entrance of a forest reserve, Kananaskis, Alberta, August 15, 1954

 Anna Brown in the Rockies, Kananaskis Road, Alberta, August 15, 1954

 Main street, Banff, Alberta, August 16, 1954

 Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, August 16, 1954

 Chateau Lake Louise, Banff, Alberta, August 16, 1954

The 'Great Divide' - Banff National Park, border at Alberta and British Columbia, August 16, 1954

 Trans-Canada Highway between Golden and Revelstoke, British Columbia, August 17, 1954

 Bus route ear Kicking Horse Canyon, British Columbia, August 17, 1954

 Helen Salkeld and Anna Brown in a hop field near Kamloops, British Columbia, August 18, 1954

 Anna Brown and Helen Salkeld loading camping gear into a car, British Columbia, August 19, 1954

 Helen Salkeld and Audrey James near Cache Creek, British Columbia, August 19, 1954

 Fruit can be bought at wayside stalls. This is on the T.C.H. south of Cache Creeke, British Columbia, August 19, 1954

 Village Store, Fraser Canyon, British Columbia, August 19, 1954

 Rain, Fraser Canyon, August 19, 1954

 Helen Salkeld eating in her tent near Fraser River, British Columbia, August 19, 1954

 Anna Brown and Rosemary Gilliat writing and reading by candlelight at a camp near Fraser River, British Columbia,
August 19, 1954

 On the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton, British Columbia, August 19, 1954

Woman kneeling with bow and arrow in her hands. Archery in Stanley Park, August 20, 1954

 View of the Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia, August 20, 1954

 Downtown Vancouver near the intersection of Granville and West Georgia Streets, British Columbia, August 20, 1954

 Pipe band playing on ferry near Bowen Island, Howe Sound, British Columbia, August 21, 1954

 Ferry at Bowen Island, Howe Sound, British Columbia, August 21, 1954

 Woodfibre pulp mill, Howe Sound, British Columbia, August 21, 1954

Anna Brown sitting in an observation car on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, British Columbia, August 21, 1954

Group of people on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, British Columbia, August 21, 1954

Anna Brown reading a trail sign, possibly in Garibaldi Park, British Columbia, August 22, 1954

 Anna Brown eating by a tent at a camp site in Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, August 23, 1954

 Anna Brown hugging a tree, Garibaldi, British Columbia, August 23, 1954

After the rain all belongings are spread out to dry in Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, August 25, 1954

 People waiting for the train at a Pacific Great Eastern railway station near Garibaldi Park, British Columbia, British Columbia, August 25, 1954

View of the canyon near Garibaldi from the Great Pacific Eastern Railway, British Columbia, August 25, 1954

 Helen Salkeld and Anna Brown erecting tents, August 27, 1954

The shadows of Rosemary Gilliat, Anna Brown, Audrey James and Helen Salkeld, possibly at Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, August 27, 1954

 Frank Slide, Frank, Alberta, August 29, 1954

 The station wagon and the prairie on [Highway 2] - Montana or North Dakota, U.S.A., August 30, 1954

Helen Salkeld getting her hair cut by Anna Brown, [Minnesota], U.S.A., August 31, 1954

 Anna Brown at Lake Huron near Blind River, Ontario, September 3, 1954

 View of downtown Wiarton, Ontario, September 4, 1954

 Helen Salkeld at the family farm, Lucknow, Ontario, September 4, 1954

 Helen Salkeld at the family farm, Lucknow, Ontario, September 4, 1954

 Anna Brown and Rosemary Gilliat erecting a tent, September 5, 1954

 Rosemary Gilliat in a tent, [Lake Belmont], Ontario, September 5, 1954

Pages from Rosemary Gilliat's diary, written at Belmont Lake, Ontario, September 5, 1954

(Photos from Library and Archives Canada)

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