Historic Photos from the Town of Bankhead

July 4, 2019

Between 1903 and 1922 Bankhead was a bustling coal-mining town located on the lower slopes of Cascade Mountain in modern-day Banff National Park. The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) established the coal mine and the town […]

Historic Photos of Wildfires from Across Alberta

June 6, 2019

The summer months in western Canada are now synonymous with wildfires burning over vast tracts of land. Whether the increased size and destruction of these fires are attributed to climate change, mismanagement of our forest […]

Historical Photographs of Banff’s Cave and Basin

May 23, 2019

Banff’s Cave and Basin is the birthplace of Canada’s national park system. In 1883 three railway workers, brothers William and Tom McCardell and their partner Frank McCabe, “discovered” the cave and basin on the lower […]

Wild Jobs Part Eleven: Snow Groomer

February 11, 2019

It’s been awhile since I’ve published a new story in my series highlighting Wild Jobs. Just recently I had the pleasure of collaborating with the Lake Louise Ski Resort again for the latest installment of […]

The Sulphur Summit

October 16, 2017

Norman Bethune Sanson has likely summited Sulphur Mountain more times than anyone else. The former curator of the Banff Park Museum first climbed the peak in 1896 to record weather observations from an elevated position. […]

Ancient Ice

September 7, 2017

“The view that lay before us in the evening light was one that does not often fall to the lot of modern mountaineers. A new world was spread at our feet: to the westward stretched […]

The Mighty Minnewanka

August 15, 2017

Although not as famous as its westerly cousins, Louise and Moraine, Lake Minnewanka might be the most captivating lake in all of Banff National Park. Maybe it’s because it lays in the valley that acted […]

Top of the Rockies

July 26, 2017

The day started out very familiar. The scenic drive west from Calgary. The bustling parking lot. The aroma of bacon wafting from the lodge. The hum of spinning chairlifts. But that’s where the similarities ended. The […]

The Spirit of Minnewanka

May 11, 2017

“This is not a site to wander alone in unless a person is blessed for such a mission, as spirits wander there without regard for those who hike this land; night camping might be quite […]

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