Category Archives: History

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: 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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Dead Man’s Flats tells two tales

Dead Man’s Flats tells two tales (published in the Rocky Mountain Outlook, by Rob Alexander, Thursday Dead Man’s Flats is the Bow Valley’s most unique place name and, while it is often attributed to a gruesome murder that occurred in … Continue reading

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Memories of Canmore – 1933

The following excerpt was taken from a 1979 interview with Geraldine Violet Minota Light, who arrived in Canmore in 1933 with her husband, RCMP officer John Green. The couple lived in the NWMP barracks on Main Street for nearly two … Continue reading

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Blended photographs of Canmore: exhibition summer 2014

Good news on the blended historical/modern photographs of Canmore front: I’m working with the Canmore Museum to put together an exhibition of blended photographs for next summer. Look for a fundraiser beginning relatively soon. The museum will raffle off blended … Continue reading

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Census of Canada, 1921 – Available to Researchers in the Next Few Weeks

Census of Canada, 1921 – Available to Researchers in the Next Few Weeks. Once this is out, I plan to comb through and see what it says about Canmore in the 192os. If it is anything like the 1891 census, … Continue reading

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Falling off the history rails… and climbing back up.

Is it just me or has life been extra busy of late, what with Christmas, Norovirus, work, head colds, work, raising a child, dog walking… and on it goes! However, the great thing about falling off the rails – with … Continue reading

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Linking the past to the present

If you aren’t looking for it, Canmore’s history and its identity can be easy to miss. Personally, given my bent and my bias, I don’t think of Canmore solely as a destination or resort community. That’s much too narrow of … Continue reading

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Oil, Water and Blood: The Dieppe Journal of Doc Alexander

In honour of the 70th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid and Remembrance Day, please  join me Thursday Nov. 8 as I share my grandfather’s story at Dieppe with Oil, Water and Blood: the Dieppe journal of Doc Alexander a lecture … Continue reading

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Black Friday notice

The Canmore mines closed on Friday, July 13, 1979. This is a notice from Victor Mrokwia, general superintendent of the Canmore mines posted notifying miners of their last shift of work. Operating the Canmore coal mines in the 1970s had … Continue reading

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