As Canada’s first National Park, with an extremely rich history involving the transcontinental railway and the preservation of the Cave and Basin hot springs, Banff makes for a unique Culture Days experience. For me, Culture Days in Banff began with a tour from historian Dave Moberg around ‘Canada’s Castle in the Rockies’, The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Moberg shared the following historic quote with the group from the 1880s general manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway, William Cornelius Van Horne, “since we can’t export the scenery, we’ll have to import the tourists.”
Throughout the weekend I participated in a number of different Culture Day events. The photo gallery below only begins to capture all that went on here in Banff as many partners participated in this national celebration of culture. The weekend was a great reminder of not only how lucky we are here in Banff to be surrounded by such beautiful scenery, but also the fact that we are a culturally and historically rich location; a place many of us call home.