In this two-part series, we compile images of winter activities and attractions from Open Collections. You can view Part I here.

Winter destinations

Banff National Park is a signature travel destination both in summer and winter. This menu from the Canadian Pacific Railway in the Chung Collection advertises winter sports in Banff on the cover.

Winter sports at Banff, Jun 29, 1928

Be sure to check out Lake Louise. This scenic lake is especially nice in the snow.

[Lake Louise], [between 1925 and 1935?]

Lake Louise, [between 1910 and 1919?]

Home of the Quebec Winter Carnival, Quebec City is known for its European feel. This pamphlet from the Chung Collection profiles the picturesque city in summer and winter.

Quebec: summer and winter, 1924

Quebec: summer and winter, 1897, p. 19

This Canadian Pacific Railway Company pamphlet promotes winter sports in Quebec City:

Chateau Frontenac: the wintersport capital of wintersport land, 1924

Located to the north-east of Quebec City, Montmorency Falls are also a must-see.

Canadian pictures: drawn with pen and pencil, 1884, p. 144

These two illustrations depict Niagara Falls in winter:

Our own country, Canada: scenic and descriptive, 1889, p. 8

Our own country, Canada: scenic and descriptive, 1889, p. 349

Montreal also had winter carnivals in the 1880s (Source: Wikipedia). These carnivals featured Ice Palaces, which were described in an illustrated book:

In the evening of the inauguration of the Ice Palace, everybody came to Dominion Square, where there was every sort of light but sunlight. The Ice Palace looked like glass; and I never saw anything so beautiful as when they burned blue, green, crimson and purple fires inside.

Our own country, Canada: scenic and descriptive, 1889, p.253

Our own country, Canada: scenic and descriptive, 1889, p. 246

Canada: a memorial volume. General reference book on Canada; describing the dominion at large, and its various provinces and territories; with statistics relating to its commerce and the development of its resources. Maps and illustrations, 1889, p. 222

We hope you have a warm and wonderful holiday season!

Fish Physiology series co-editors Drs. Colin Brauner and Anthony Farrell.

When Fish Physiology was founded in 1969 by UBC Zoology faculty members Drs. William S. Hoar and David J. Randall, there was no intention of continuing the series beyond six volumes. 50 years and 37 titled volumes later, the peer-reviewed monographic series is regarded as the leader in the field of fish physiology and a must-read for anyone interested in this domain, from senior undergraduate researchers through to mainstream university, government and industry employees.

The series is a frequently used resource at UBC Library and continues to be shepherded by UBC faculty members, Drs. Anthony Farrell and Colin Brauner, who were both graduate students of David Randall and have carried the successful series forward as co-editors, with Farrell joining in 1992 and Brauner in 2004.

A unique approach to integration and synthesis

Fish Physiology is unique in that its individual volumes have little in common except for publisher imposed length and general structure, with each volume representing the views of individual specialists on a particular subject. This thematic approach was taken very deliberately, explains Dr. Farrell, “We look at developments in the field and ask ‘What do we need to tell our colleagues?’. Over time, the series has morphed from being an encyclopedic resource about fish to a more applied and functional one, delving into interactions with the environment.” Among the subjects that have been discussed in Fish Physiology: Biology of Stress in Fish, Hypoxia (Oxygen deficiency), Organic Chemical Toxicology of Fishes and in the most recent volume, the effects of Carbon Dioxide.

Once a topic is established, the series editors bring on guest editors who are widely acknowledged as world leaders in their respective areas of expertise, enabling each volume to bring together intellectual contributions from the very best authors for the selected topic. “Beyond quality control, what Colin and I are most focused on is integration and synthesis” says Dr. Farrell, “What we try and do in a volume is say ‘Here is the big picture on this topic, here’s the supporting data from the thesis we are presenting and if you want to dig any deeper, here are the references… thereby allowing readers to move on to that next level of information gathering.’”

Fish Physiology series co-editors Drs. Colin Brauner and Anthony Farrell with Science Librarian Sally Taylor.

A leading resource in the field

“The series is available in print and online, and is a heavily-used and cited resource,” says Sally Taylor, Science Librarian at Woodward Library. “There are more than 200 chapter downloads per year from the UBC community alone.” Articles in Fish Physiology are often cited more than primary publications, making it the primary medium that authors in the field aspire to publish in. “The series has come to have such a legacy and prestige that we are finding that people are very excited to be asked to serve as guest editors or contributors,” says Dr. Brauner.

In 2020, Dr. Farrell plans to retire and a new series co-editor will join Dr. Brauner, UBC alumnus Dr. Erika Eliason, Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who is highly respected in her field. Dr. Eliason is the first female editor for the series in its 50-year history.

Farrell and Brauner are optimistic about the future of the publication beyond their tenure. Says Brauner, “We know we have found the right person for the task.”

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