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Gateway to the Rockies Update

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Listen to Michale Lang (Executive Director, Whyte Museum), discussing
the Gateway to the Rockies exhibition:


We want your input and feedback on a permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Over the next few weeks, we will reveal concepts and stories that we may include in the exhibition. Tell us what you think of those concepts and stories and let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

After you have had an opportunity to review the storyline that has been posted here, you will have an option to complete a survey. It is available under the title "Gateway to the Rockies." You are also welcome to add comments at any time as you are reading. Later in June, you can look forward to more information and stories. Enjoy an…

Canadian Rocky Mountain Artists

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Alpine Artists is just one of the several sections in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

Listen to Michale Lang (Executive Director, Whyte Museum), discussing
the Cave Avenue Artists exhibition:



Painting the Parks
The national parks, and particularly the mountain parks, have and will continue to spark the imagination of landscape artists who capture on paper, canvas, or in other mediums, the incredible beauty of these natural places and contribute to our…

The Palliser Expedition in the Canadian Rockies

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The Palliser Expedition is just one of the several sections in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

Hot on the heels of the fur trade came the inquiring minds of adventurers and scientific explorers assessing the land for natural resources and settlement. John Palliser and his men left their names on mountains, lakes, rivers and passes – Palliser, Hector, Bourgeau – and although he advised against it, Palliser’s report led to the settlement of the west.

In the …

Father of Heli-skiing Hans Gmoser

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Listen to Michale Lang (Executive Director, Whyte Museum), discussing
the Heli-Skiing exhibition:


The story of heli-skiing and Hans Gmoser is just one of the several sections in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

There was no other invention that changed the very nature of skiing and mountain guiding in Canada’s west more than helicopter skiing, or as it became known, heli-skiing. For mountain guides, helicopter skiing was the perfect option for a year-ro…

Age of the Auto in the Rockies and Jim Brewster

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Listen to Michale Lang (Executive Director, Whyte Museum), discussing
the Brewster exhibition:


Age of the Auto and the story of Jim Brewster is just one of the several sections in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

Jim Brewster had the vision to see the opportunities that the automobile could open to Canadian Rockies visitors, but he also cared about his community. He became “Canada’s Mountain King.” When King George VI came to visit Banff in 1939, it was int…

Elizabeth Rummel in the Canadian Rockies

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The story of early skiing in the Canadian Rockies and of people such as Lizzie Rummel is just one of the several sections in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

Elizabeth von Rummel (Lizzie Rummel) (1897 – 1980), born into aristocracy in turn-of-the-century Germany, came with her family to live and work on a ranch in the Alberta foothills to escape life in her WW I ravaged homeland. At the age of 41, when most people were settling into middle age, Lizz…

Skiing the Canadian Rockies

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Listen to Michale Lang (Executive Director, Whyte Museum), discussing
the Early Skiing exhibition:


The story of early skiing in the Canadian Rocky Mountains is just one of the several sections in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

When skiers first arrived in Banff to ski into the backcountry to Mount Assiniboine, the locals thought they were crazy. In the early 1900s, snowshoes were the preferred means of travel in the mountains. It didn’t take long for …

Mary Schäffer Warren in the Canadian Rockies

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The story of Mary Schäffer is just one of the several stories in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

No-one may know I went among those hills with a broken heart and only on the high places could I learn that I and mine were very close together. We dare not tell those beautiful thoughts, they like to say “explorer” of me, no, only a hunter of peace.
—Mary Warren, [1928]

One of the Canadian Rockies' most compelling stories is that of a young Philadelphia Qua…

Mary Vaux and Charles Walcott

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The story of Mary Vaux and Charles Walcott is just one of the many stories in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.  We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

The Canadian Rockies drew affluent and cultured Americans from the east coast. Mary Morris Vaux Walcott (1860 – 1940) was an American scientist and artist. She explored the backcountry of Alberta and British Columbia between the late 1880s and 1930s, scaling mountains with her camera and paint box at hand.

Mary was raised in a Quaker family. Qu…

Inquiring Minds in the Canadian Rockies

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Listen to Michale Lang (Executive Director, Whyte Museum), discussing
the Inquiring Minds exhibition:


Inquiring Minds is just one of the sections in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

The latter half of the 19th century, the era of romanticism, brought the inquiring minds of scientists and naturalists and the artistic eyes of painters and photographers. Mary Vaux, and Charles Doolittle Walcott and Mary Schaffer came seeking glaciers, wildflowers, fossils an…

J. B. Harkin Father of Canada’s National Parks

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The story of J.B. Harkin is just one of the many stories in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.  We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

“The Parks shall be made use of in a manner that leaves them unimpaired for future generations.”


In 1911, when he was appointed the first commissioner of Canada’s new Dominion Parks Branch, James Bernard Harkin was handed the formidable task of creating a national parks service, the first national park service in the world.  Over the next 25 years, Harkin not only …

Parks Canada and Conservation

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Listen to Michale Lang (Executive Director, Whyte Museum), discussing
the Parks and Conservation exhibition:


The story of Canada's National Parks is just one of the sections in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

Canada’s National Parks were established for the people of Canada. J.B. Harkin was a leader in ensuring that a declaration of public rights and the principle of conservation were enshrined in Canada’s National Parks Act. The Parks Service, inc…

Bill Peyto Rocky Mountain Guide and Outfitter

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"I've guided all kinds of people into the mountains. At first they are hesitant, maybe with a healthy fear of bears or other animals. Some get frustrated just trying to get out of town, and for some it's all those things that Tom mentions, but once they are well outfitted and in the real wilderness they seem to open up like a high alpine meadow,"
– Bill Peyto

The story of Bill Peyto is just one of the many stories in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.  We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information w…

Tom Wilson Rocky Mountain Guide and Outfitter

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“You’ll never leave the mountains as long as you live.” -- A.B. Rogers to Tom Wilson


The story of Tom Wilson is just one of the many stories in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

Born in Ontario in 1859, Tom Wilson made his way west to become one of the most respected guides in the Canadian Rockies. He became the first white man to see Lake Louise.

Always excited by tales of the West, as a young man in 1880, Tom Wilson joined the Northwest Mounted Police…

Rocky Mountain Guides and Outfitters

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Rocky Mountain Guides and Outfitters is just one of the sections in the new Gateway to the Rockies exhibition being developed by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. We want your input and feedback on this permanent (ten year life) exhibition that we are planning to open at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the spring of 2012. Tell us what you think of this and the other concepts and stories featured here. Let us know how you think we could make this exhibition more interesting. Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the storyline, not the finished product. As the stories develop, information will be updated.

Listen to Michale Lang (Executive Director, Whyte Museum), discussing
the Guides and Outfitters exhibition:


As the thrill of mountain climbing spread throughout the Canadian Rockies, the need for knowledgeable guides to show 'tenderfoots' through the potentially dangerous areas grew. They knew their horses. They could throw a diamond hitch that wou…