Author Archives: Rob Alexander

About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

Tom Thomson in the Rockies?

One mystery Debra Hay, a Canadian art researcher living in England, is working to solve is whether Thomson painted in the Rocky Mountains. Until recently, it’s generally been accepted that Thomson never travelled to the Rockies, unlike many of his contemporaries, including members of the Group of Seven. But Hay believes that he did, and she also believes that she has the proof: namely five sketch paintings of the mountains dated between 1912 and 1914. Two of these sketches, one of which became known as the “Italian Tom,” include a large building. Continue reading

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Historic designation for the Canmore Hotel

It’s good news for the Canmore Hotel. Built in 1890, the Canmore Hotel was recently declared a municipal historic site. This means one of Alberta’s last-remaining wooden hotels is protected. It can’t be torn down. The owner, Neil Richardson of … Continue reading

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Sept. 9, 1945: Canada!

Sept. 9 — The last few days nothing of special interest has occurred. The sailing has been smooth. Last night was very foggy and wet but not rough. At 1:10 P.M. land was sighted and at 3:30 P.M. we docked … Continue reading

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Sept. 7, 1945: Mid-Atlantic

Sept. 7 — Met Dr. Coffee today. He used to board with Blanche and Ade in Fredericton when he went to UNB. Concerts on deck each evening. A little wet this evening. We are about half way over I guess.

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Aug. 22–24, 1945: The Second World War Journals of Doc Alexander

Aug. 22 — Attended St. James Theatre in the evening. Saw Emlyn Williams in “The Wings of Heaven”. Prime Minister Atlee was also present. Aug. 23 — Just starting for Guildford to spend the day with Wynne. Arrived there about … Continue reading

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Canmore Juxtaposed: May 22, Three Sisters Gallery, Elevation Place

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Canmore Juxtapsed opens Saturday (Feb. 7) from 7-9 p.m.

Canmore Juxtaposed: An exhibition of blended photography opens at the Canmore Civic Centre atrium Saturday (Feb. 7) from 7-9 p.m. as part of 2015 Exposure Photography Festival and there’s good news. The caveat—that the show will only be up for … Continue reading

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Returning bison to Banff: A step closer?

The initiative to return wild plains bison to the Rocky Mountains is in the news again with Wild Rose MP Blake Richards Friday (Jan. 23) accepting 3,000 postcards signed by supporters of restoring plains bison to Banff. Richards promised to … Continue reading

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Canmore Juxtaposed: Feb. 7 opening with a caveat

The 2015 Exposure Photography Festival begins in the Bow Valley at the end of the month and with it comes the Saturday, Feb. 7 opening (7-9 p.m.) of Canmore Juxtaposed: An exhibition of blended photography in the Canmore Civic Centre … Continue reading

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Canmore Juxtaposed: less than a month to go (please consider donating)

February is fast approaching and with it comes the Exposure 2015 Photography Festival and the launch of Canmore Juxtaposed: an exhibition of blended photographs. Many thanks to everyone who has  supported this project so far. These contributions have been used … Continue reading

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