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SkiBig3: How Did We Get Here? - Cliff White and the Mighty Quay

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In 2018 visitors to Banff National Park have the great privilege to ski at three world-class resorts: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay. Skibums and boarders alike can pick their favourite or try all three while staying in the beautiful Banff and Lake Louise area. But how did we get here? Who first skied these mountains? What did it take to carve the runs into the mountainside? Who built the first cabins and started the first ski clubs?

The following series of blog posts entitled SkiBig3: How Did We Get Here?, will feature one key ski pioneer who made the difference in the early days of each (or multiple) of our beloved SkiBig3 resorts.

Cliff White and The Mighty Quay


Clifford White Sr. was born in Banff on February 13th, 1902 to Dave and Annie White. Along with his brother Peter, Cliff White was among the first in Banff to pursue skiing in the Canadian Rockies. Thanks to the well-known and well-celebrated Austrian climbing guide Conrad Kain, Cliff and other Banff yo…

International Mountain Day 2017 - Legacy in Ice & Time

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Happy International Mountain Day! This year’s theme from the United Nations is “Mountains Under Pressure: Climate, Hunger and Migration”. We have chosen to focus on the issue of Climate and will be sharing with you the story of the Vaux family who studied glaciers right here in the Canadian Rockies at the turn of the 20th century. 
The Vaux family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania were photographers, mountaineers and scientists. Mary M. Vaux (1860-1940), George Vaux Jr. (1863-1927), and William S. Vaux Jr. (1872-1908), were the children of George Vaux (VIII) of Philadelphia. They were all involved in photography in the early 1880s and were members of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia. All three were taking photographs when the family made its first trip west in 1885. The first Vaux family photographs of the Canadian mountain west were made in 1887 during a summer trip along the Canadian Pacific Railway to Glacier House in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia.


The family made fre…

Top 9 Canadian Gifts from the Whyte Museum Shop

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The holiday season means a lot of different things to different people. For us at the Whyte Museum we see it as a great opportunity to support local artists and our community by shopping local. Make it a Canadian gift this season and stop by the Whyte Museum Shop on Bear Street. 

We've compiled a handy list of gift items made right here in Alberta and British Columbia that are available at the Whyte Museum Shop...


#1. Cuddly Creatures

If you've got kids on your shopping list who love wildlife make sure you take a look at these adorable hand needle felted animals by Holly Boone of Edmonton, Alberta. Made from carefully selected materials these little guys will bring a smile to anyone's face. 




#2. Inspired Fashion

What about the friend who likes to take fashionable art to the next level? Lindsay Rempel transforms the paintings from her Okotoks studio into wearable art like scarves! Give the gift of art and the mountains all in one soft, colourful gift.






#3. Wood-n't You Like Th…

SkiBig3: How Did We Get Here?

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Lizzie Rummel’s Legacy at Skoki Lodge

One of the things that you might notice while reading SkiBig3: How Did We Get Here? series is that at each step of the way someone made a unique impact on a place. For Mount Norquay, it was Cliff White whose determination to develop skiing in the Canadian Rockies shone through to build that first cabin and establish the first ski club. Cliff then shifted his gaze towards Lake Louise and the Skoki Valley where he would, once again, launch a dream; this time of a backcountry ski lodge.

In 1931, Skoki Lodge opened and was initially run as a club operation. The first season saw 48 signatures in the register, almost all of them Banff residents. At this point the lodge did not appear to have a manager. Over the years, and for many different reasons Skoki would be managed by a number of different people, including our founders Peter & Catharine Whyte. However, this post will celebrate a woman whose hospitality, knowledge of the mountains and charm left…

Behind the Exhibit : The Stories

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Mountain Women: The Lives of Pearl Brewster Moore and Edmée Moore Reid of Banff by Amie Lalonde
Amie Lalonde joined the Whyte Museum in November through the Young Canada Works internship grant. Amie is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto where she completed her Masters in History in June 2017. Amie’s work in the archives includes, yet is not limited to preservation, arrangement and description of collections in the archives, Amie’s main project is to digitize and curate a digital exhibit on Pearl and Edmée Moore. Amie has researched and pulled images and text from various collections to create the online exhibit. This exhibit will provide visitors, local and non-local alike, with a valuable peek into the lives of two Banff women and the community that surrounded them.

The StoriesMountain Women: The Lives of Pearl Brewster Moore and Edmée Moore Reid of Banff started off several months ago with an idea to tell the stories of two women born and raised in Banff. From there, mon…