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

Brian Patton Fireside Chat

Chic Scott’s Fireside Chats have become very popular in recent years, with folks coming from as far away as Calgary for the opportunity to listen to famed mountaineer and author Chic Scott interview accomplished locals. Next up is our own Brian Patton, who will be interviewed on October 25, 2018, at the Whyte Museum. For details check out the Whyte Museum’s event listings and for a  taste of what you will hear these two legendary storytellers chat about, the Rocky Mountain Outlook has a preview here.

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 eBook: The Best of Alberta

9781926983318Announcing the release of our latest eBook, The Best of Alberta, which is available from Amazon around the world for C$4.99 and US$3.99.

The Best of Alberta is designed as a tool to help visitors to this Canadian province make the most of their vacation time by highlighting the very best parks and attractions.  It includes a detailed Table of Contents, making finding your way through the content easy.

For more information, please visit: www.summerthought.com/books/best-alberta

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…..