News & Media

Great to see positive reviews for Banff: A History of the Park and Town from both our local newspapers this week.

The Rocky Mountain Outlook review (4 June 2015) is here: New book shares a tale of two Banffs

1297711288663_ORIGINALAnd thanks to Pam Doyle of the Bow Valley Crag and Canyon for attending the book launch and writing History in One Volume, which was accompanied by a photo of the author and his newest book.




Banff history bookThe Whyte Museum will be hosting a launch of our newest book, Banff: A History of the Park and Town, on June 4, 2015, at 7 pm. The launch begins at 6:30 pm with coffee, tea, wine, and light snacks, to be followed at 7 pm by a reading by author Ted Hart.

At around 7:30, the author will be signing copies of the latest of his 18 books. All copies of this numbered edition will be signed by the author, with lower numbers offered at the signing.

After the book launch, signed and numbered editions will be available at the Whyte Museum bookstore as well as local Banff retailers such as The Viewpoint and Goro Canyon.

Banff: A History of the Park and Town is also available online through this website, with shipping included at no charge. Click here for details.

9781926983134We are proud to launch the Canadian Rockies Wildlife Photography eBook by world-renowned wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch.

Please visit the Canadian Rockies Wildlife Photography eBook page for more information, to download a free sample, and for purchase options.

Lake Louise hiking guideThe iconic Canadian Rockies Trail Guide has been in print for over 40 years, is in its 9th edition, and has sold over 260,000 copies, but  times are changing, so to keep up with technology authors Brian Patton and Bart Robinson have embarked on ambitious project to create a series of Canadian Rockies hiking eBooks. They will be a combination of reformatted existing text and new content created especially for these books, all presented with full colour images and a snazzy design.

The first of the series is the Lake Louise Hiking Guide, which focuses on one of the world’s finest hiking destinations. It’s available as a PDF through or in Kindle formats through online Amazon stores worldwide.

We’ve recently launched a Canadian Rockies Travel Guide using content from our books and the expertise of local authors and photographers. Our aim is create the most comprehensive and up-to-date Canadian Rockies travel planning website available.

Although much of the content also appears in traditional print form, this online medium allows the opportunity for us to update and expand content continuously.

Arguably, no one in the world knows more about hiking in the Canadian Rockies than Brian Patton, author of our Canadian Rockies Trail Guide. He’s been writing at the Canadian Rockies hiking blog since last summer, and continues to dispel his wisdom with regular posts (recent posts have been as varied as the history of the Great Divide Trail and hiking trails with links to Hollywood movies).

In late June 2013, floods affected many businesses and residences in Canmore, including Second Story Books, a popular used bookstore and one of our oldest vendors. The store never reopened. Recently, Joy McLean of nearby Café Books leased a small space across the hallway from her main bookstore and has furnished it with beautiful wooden bookshelves that she has filled with a thoughtful selection of used books. This is the only used bookstore in the Canadian Rockies, and well worth visiting if you’re in Canmore.

In conjunction with Alberta Images and Mooseprint Media, Summerthought has created a Facebook page. We don’t have any reason to post on a daily basis, but if something interesting is happening in the Canadian Rockies we’ll keep you posted. The page is at

Flooding has claimed one of our oldest vendors, Second Story Books in Canmore. At this point, the store’s future is uncertain, but we hope Heath and her staff all the best.

We don’t know who, but someone, somewhere, purchased the 250,000th copy of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide in September 2012. Maybe you’ll bump into them on a fall hike in Larch Valley!