Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Issue 6 - Fall 2017 - Page 5

of the local landscape that he was proud to call “...the finest scenery there is in the whole of the North American continent,” many images that appeared in the early editions of the Fernie Free Press. His images provided a rare glimpse into what life was like before, during, and after the Great Fire of 1908. Despite losing his own home and studio, Spalding carefully documented the aftermath of the fire. He was a well-respected member of the business community and was the Tourism Commissioner for the Tourist Association of Southern Alberta and Southeastern British Columbia, publishing the official Automobile Road Guide to British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, covering ‘twenty- thousand miles of roads.’ Joseph Spalding left the Elk Valley to re- establish himself in Vancouver in 1925, operating several successful businesses there. He died in Vancouver after a long and illustrious career on February 11, 1958, aged 80. For more fascinating history and imagery by JF Spalding drop by the Fernie Museum or visit www.ferniemuseum.com 5