This weekend I learned about a place from Calgary’s past I had never heard of before — the Sunshine Auto Camp. Let’s dig a little into its history and see what we can learn about it.
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Very cool Dan, I haven’t checked over here in a while and like what you’re doing with your videos.
Thank you so much for reminding me of this camp. My family actually lived in the camp in the 50s. My parents and I with my two sisters lived in a 20 foot trailer the winter of 1953-54. My older sister and I climbed that hill everyday to go to school at (St Anns) accross from the Shamrock Hotel. The park was filled with young families and it was a very interesting place to live. The south end of the park was used by the native tribes as the TP village during the Calgary Stampede. The bridge mentioned in your article was the only one in that area and was used by residents to go into town or the go to public school. Horses used by the natives and cowboys would simply cross the river to get to and from the Stampede grounds.There was a communal bath house and restrooms used by most residents. There was also a spur line for the railroad on the west side of the Elbow river and I clearly remember the fancy train cars from Royal American Shows being parked there during the Stampede. We moved out of the auto camp July 1954 relocating to the town of Bowness. My parents lived in Bowness until 2016. I have two pictures of myself at the camp if you would like I will forward them to you
Thank you again for bringing back memories
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That is incredible. Thank you so much for sharing. I’d love to see the photos. Feel free to email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org