Category Archives: book

New book: A Castle in the Wilderness

Announcing the release of our latest book, A Castle in the Wilderness: The Story of the Banff Springs Hotel, which is now available from retailers throughout the Canadian Rockies, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, and major online book retailers for $19.95.

Author Bart Robinson has been writing about the Fairmont Banff Springs since the 1970s, and in this book he delves deeply into the hotel’s history but also describes the hotel as it is today, having interviewed many of the hotel’s managers including executive chefs and current hotel manager David Roberts.

For more information on the book, please visit:  https://summerthought.com/banff.springs.htm

New book: The Best Day Hikes in Banff National Park

Announcing the release of our latest book, The Best Day Hikes in Banff National Park, which is now available from retailers throughout the Canadian Rockies and major online book retailers for $19.95.

As co-author of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide since 1971, it is doubtful there is anyone more knowledgeable about the hiking trails of Banff National Park than Brian Patton In this full-colour book, Patton describes 39 trails for all levels of fitness and all interests. Each trails includes a distance log, a map, and colour photos.

For more information on the book, please visit:  https://summerthought.com/product/best-day-hikes-in-banff-national-park

The Last of the Buffalo review

Thanks to Danielle Chartier of Canada’s History magazine for reviewing The Last of the Buffalo Return to the Wild in their April-May 2018 issue. They write:

With the reintroduction of wild bison to Banff National Park in February 2017, this book offers a timely reflection on the efforts made by so many people to return this magnificent beast to its historic home.

The review is online here.

New book: Cave and Basin

Announcing the release of our latest book, Cave and Basin, which is now available from Cave and Basin bookretailers throughout the Canadian Rockies, as well as from major online book retailers for $14.95

This is the first book ever published dedicated entirely to the Cave and Basin in Banff National Park, which was instrumental to the growth of Banff and formed the nucleus of Canada’s national park system.

Authored by renowned historian E.J. (Ted) Hart, Cave and Basin offers background on what is now protected as a national historic site, exploring the story of its discovery and the lives of those involved in its development as a world-famous attraction.

For more information on the book, please visit: https://summerthought.com/books/cave-basin

Summerthought books in Texas

Visitors to the Canadian Rockies have been taking home Summerthought books as souvenirs for decades, and we have distributors around the world, but it’s rare that our books are sold in stores outside of Canada. This changed recently when the bison-ranching Miskin family placed an order for The Last of the Buffalo Return to the Wild to be sold in their buffalo-themed Buffalo Gold store in Amarillo, Texas. And so, if you’re in the area, stop by…..

New book: The Last of the Buffalo

192698322XLaunched in September 2016 in conjunction with the American Bison Society meeting in Banff and the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation,  The Last of the Buffalo Return to the Wild is a commemoration of Banff National Park’s role in early successful efforts to preserve the last of the buffalo as a species and a celebration of today’s efforts to restore bison as an ecologically functioning and culturally important species on its native range both here and elsewhere in North America.

This beautifully presented book with a gold foil inlayed hardcover is filled with interesting essays by bison experts. Included in a clear pocket inside the backcover, is an exact reproduction of a 1909 booklet created by Norman Luxton that tells the story of the Pablo-Allard buffalo roundup through his own lively writing and magnificent panoramic images.

The book is available through our own website and select local retailers only. For more information, go to: https://summerthought.com/books/last-buffalo-return-wild

 

New book: Lake Louise Past to Present

9781926983158Announcing the release of our latest book, Lake Louise Past to Present, which is now available from retailers throughout the Canadian Rockies, as well as from major online book retailers.

This 128-page book includes the most detailed and well-researched history of Lake Louise ever published. Of course, we tell the story of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, but the main focus is on the lake itself, the village, the establishment of the tourism industry, skiing and mountaineering, and modern times. It also includes a colour map, a photo gallery showing the evolution of the Chateau Lake Louise, and another gallery dedicated to a variety of paintings and photography stretching from the 1890s to present-day.

For more information, click through to this page: https://summerthought.com/lake-louise

Canadian Rockies Travel Guide

We’ve recently launched an online 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.