A Guide to the History of Banff National Park

By: Andrew Hempstead
ISBN: 978-1-926983-40-0
Publication date: July 2020
160 pages | Paperback | 6 x 9 inches


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A GUIDE TO THE HISTORY OF BANFF NATIONAL PARK details Banff’s museums, historic sites, and heritage properties. This information-packed book brings together historical information, timeless photos, and handy maps in one user-friendly package.

Many of the historic sites and heritage properties in A Guide to the History of Banff National Park are in and around downtown Banff while others are along the Bow Valley Parkway, in Lake Louise and along the Icefields Parkway. Using this book, it is easy to spend at least a day walking around town, learning about local history, while also soaking up the surrounding panorama of mountains, forests, and waterways. Not only is Banff’s history accessible, it can be enjoyed by those with varying interests and all ages. This book highlights where hiking trails incorporate points of historic importance, such as the easy interpretive walk around the coal mining operation at Bankhead, the riverside stroll to Sundance Canyon, and an abandoned rail line at Lake Louise. Golfers can walk the fairways of century-old Banff Springs Golf Course, families can ride the Banff Gondola to a National Historic Site atop Sulphur Mountain, and then everyone can enjoy soothing weary bodies at the historic Upper Hot Springs.


Banff resident ANDREW HEMPSTEAD has been writing about and photographing the Canadian Rockies since the early 1990s. He has authored and co-authored over 80 books and his images have been published in over 100 books and are used by corporate and editorial clients worldwide.

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