Author Tags: Local History

Hälle Flygare was the original instigator for the preservation of the 350-km (220-mile) long Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail in British Columbia. (Alexander Mackenzie was the first European to cross the North American continent.) While guiding in 1972, Flgare discovered sections of Mackenzie's 1793 route from the Fraser River across Tweedsmuir Provincial Park's Rainbow Mountains to Bella Coola. Flygare pioneered the formal preservation and demarcation of the Alexander Mackenzie Trail in B.C., mapping and writing a guide with John Woodworth called In The Steps of Alexander Mackenzie. [See John Woodworth entry.]

Hälle Flygare was born in 1936 and raised in Sweden and came to Canada to work as a Park Warden in Banff National Park. He has worked as a professional photographer since 1989 and has lived in and photographed the Canadian Rockies for the last 35 years. His photographs have been published in nature magazines and books throughout the world. His wildflower images can be found in Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies and Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains (Whitecap, 2007). He is the author of four books published in Sweden and Canada and is a member of the Swedish Nature Photographers/N.

In 1989, Hälle Flygare received the British Columbia Heritage Award for his outstanding contribution toward the recognition and preservation of the trail.


In The Steps of Alexander Mackenzie.

A Field Guide to Alpine Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains (Harbour, 2012) $7.95

A Field Guide to Wildlife of the Rocky Mountains (Harbour 2013) $7.95 978-1-55017-600-1

[BCBW 2013] "Local History"