Banff A History of the Park and Town by E.J. (Ted) HartBanff A History of the Park and Town by E.J. (Ted) Hart

Banff A History of the Park and Town

byE.J. (Ted) Hart

Cloth/Bath Book | July 1, 2015

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From the region’s first Aboriginal visitors through the coming of the railway and the discovery of hot springs to modern times, this limited edition Banff: A History of the Park and Town represents a synthesis of E.J. (Ted) Hart’s 40-year career as a Canadian Rockies historian. Numbered from 1 to 1,000 and signed by the author, each copy of this very special edition has a cloth and printed cover enclosing 292 well-researched pages covering the entire history of Banff National Park and the town of Banff.
E. J. (Ted) Hart’s life and career have been dominated by the history of Banff. Born and educated in Edmonton, Alberta, Ted graduated with a Masters in Western Canadian History at the University of Alberta in 1971. The following year he was hired by the late Maryalice Stewart to work in the archives at what was then known as the Peter ...
Title:Banff A History of the Park and TownFormat:Cloth/Bath BookDimensions:9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 1, 2015Publisher:SummerthoughtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926983122

ISBN - 13:9781926983127


From the Author

The 125th birthday of Banff National Park in 2010 and the centennial of the Canadian Parks Service in 2011 are good benchmarks for an assessment of the history of BanffNational Park and its town, Banff. Parts of the story have been written about in several books, including early works such Harriet Hartley Thomas’s From Barnacle to Banff (1945) and Dan McCowan’s Hilltop Tales (1947), and later efforts such as Esther Fraser’s The Canadian Rockies, early travels and explorations (1969) and parks historian Fergus Lothian’s four-volume A History of Canada’s National Parks (1970s). But apart from my own work in the late 1990s (The Place of Bows and The Battle for Banff), which examined the history of the entire upper Bow Valley, no real effort has been made to write a comprehensive history of the town and the park since Eleanor Luxton’s Banff: Canada’s First National Park, published in 1975. In this work I will attempt to rectify that by bringing together the results of a 35-year career researching and writing about Banff in a single, comprehensive volume. Because of the story’s breadth it is impossible to include everything, and I have therefore made an effort to concentrate on the main themes driving the story forward. It is, on reflection, an attempt to show how two somewhat disparate entities, Banff National Park and the Town of Banff, have attempted to adapt to each other through the vicissitudes and victories of over a century of side-by-side (or one-within-the-other) existence. It is not only the story of a national park and its urban centre but the tale of vibrant and interesting people and of human adaptation to conditions so unusual that they are unique in Canada, and indeed in the entire world.- E.J. (Ted) Hart

Table of Contents


Chapter I              FirstPeoples and Sacred Places

Chapter II            Railroadersand the Hot Springs

Chapter III           TheBirth of Banff

Chapter IV           Makinga Park

Chapter V            TheGood Steward

Chapter VI           APeople’s Park

Chapter VII         Inviolability

Chapter VIII        DarkDecade

Chapter IX           GrowingPains

Chapter X            TheGreat Divide

Chapter XI           NewPaths

Chapter XII          Seekinga Way

Chapter XIII        Lookingto the Future

Author Biography


Editorial Reviews

Few, if any, people would be more qualified to write the history of Banff than E.J. Hart, who draws on forty years as a Rocky Mountain historian and archivist and has written more than a dozen books on the characters and institutions of the region. His latest book is a detailed history stretching from Aboriginal settlement as long as twelve thousand years ago to the international tourism magnet the region is today. Hart pays particular attention to the symbiotic relationship between the town, with its commercial interests, and the park, with its focus on nature conservation. This book is not light reading, nor is it an academic tome. It will appeal most to readers who have visited or lived in Banff, have been entranced by the national park’s majestic mountains and its hot springs, and are curious to learn more about its colourful past.— Nelle Oosterom, Canada's History Magazine