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  • Thank you for shopping local!

    by Janet Boger Whyte Museum Book Shop Manager Hello everyone! 2021 has been a year of change here at the Whyte Museum Shop. We have officially changed the name to the, Whyte Museum Book Shop, in an effort to better articulate our shop's direction. As I look back over this past year, I realize we have achieved more than I originally thought. Despite business interruptions from COVID, all of us here in the shop have helped with transitioning the shop into a more comprehensive bookshop. Longtime employees Junko Yokura and Jacqueline Dolan have helped shape the new direction of content with input from part time Sales Associates, Manqi Sun and Morgan Sibbitt, who joined our team this past summer. I consider myself lucky to have these great employees and I look forward to working with them all in the new year. Since our reopening back in July, customers have responded very positively to the changes we made; nevertheless, moving towards a more complete bookshop is still a work in progress and you will see more changes take shape over the course of the next year. Over the past several months, we have collaborated with the Alberta Publishers Association, Alberta Reads, and the Canadian Independent Book Sellers Association. In 2022, we will serve up new content from a wider variety of Alberta authors and publishers. A positive thing arising from the pandemic situation is that so many people are turning to creative writing and as a result we are seeing many new first time writers entering into the publishing world. New immigrants are telling their own stories - offering those of us who were born and raised here in Canada a better understanding of the Canadian immigrant experience; plus, the volume of Indigenous content from an array of new talent has increased dramatically. We now carry a curated selection of Canadian award winning fiction titles, publications from the Banff Mountain Book Festival Competition, and we will continue to offer in depth material for both adults and children on our local environment, nature, culture, history, travel, art and photography - supported by stationery products, games, puzzles and unique Whyte Museum inspired products. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers, members and vendors for all their support over the past year. I wish you all a happy and safe holiday and all of us here at the Whyte Museum Book Shop look forward to seeing you in the New Year! Whyte Museum Book Shop Open: Thursdays – Mondays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed: December 24, 25, 26, and January 1st

  • February Winner of the Alberta Reads Book Club is...

    Brush Education Publishers presents the 30th anniversary edition of Cheryl Foggo's landmark work about growing up Black on the Canadian prairies in her book, Pourin' Down Rain: A Black Woman Claims Her Place in the Canadian West ($19.95). [Cheryl Foggo came of age during the 1960s in Calgary, a time when a Black family walking down the street still drew stares from everyone they passed. She grew up in the warm embrace of a community of extended family and friends, with roots in the Black migration of 1910 across the western provinces. But as an adolescent, Cheryl struggled against the negative attitudes towards Blackness she and her family encountered. She struggled against the many ways she was made to feel an outsider in the only place she ever knew as home. As Cheryl explores her ancestry, what comes to light gives her the confidence to claim her place in the Canadian west as a proud Black woman. In this beautiful, moving work, she celebrates the Black experience and Black resiliency on the prairies. Cheryl is a multiple award-winning author, playwright, and filmmaker, whose work over the last thirty years has focused on the lives of Black people in western Canada.] Cheryl's book is currently available in our shop here. Curbside pick-up is available!

  • Routes to Adventure with Chic Scott

    We might think we are well into winter, but in reality – we still have a long way to go. Here in the Canadian Rockies, the best snow is still ahead of us and if you are new to this area, you will be pleased to know that peak snow falls during the months of March and April. As a result, January is the perfect time to read-up and acquire the necessary information to pursue your outdoor adventures and there is no better place to start than with Chic Scott's outdoor guidebooks. Chic Scott is a longtime resident of Banff and he is passionate about this area. Not only is he an accomplished outdoorsmen, he is a researcher and historian which makes his written body of works insightful and complete. His curious nature, ability to collaborate with others, combined with his own experiences as an alpinist, mountaineer, and adventurer provides readers with accurate and reliable information. He continues to share his knowledge, love of the outdoors, and mountains with all whom are interested and for the ardent Chic Scott fans, you will be pleased to know he is feverishly working on completing his new book about the history of Mount Assiniboine, which will debut in 2021. So, as we anxiously await this new publication, take the time to check out Chic's other titles – you will know doubt learn something new about this area and as a suggestion – take his advice and his many tips will get you safely through your next outdoor adventure. Chic Scott was born in Calgary in 1945, he is a fourth generation Albertan and a third generation Calgarian. In 1962 he took up mountain climbing and skiing and these two passions have dominated his life ever since. He was part of the first wave of homegrown Canadian climbers who were to earn their place in this British and European dominated sport. Mountain Romantics - The Whytes of Banff $19.95 [Mountain Romantics chronicles the lives of one of Banff's most important families, the White/Whyte Family, over the last 130 years. It begins in 1886, when Dave White arrived in Banff on one of the first trains to cross Canada. It covers family experiences through wars, the depression, tragedies and triumphs. Dave and wife Annie, create one of the most successful mercantile business in town, and their son, Cliff becomes a passionate ski adventurer, playing a major role in the creation of the Mount Norquay Ski Resort, Skoki and Temple Lodges, later owning and developing Sunshine Village into a major ski resort. Cliff's brother Peter becomes a painter and his wife Catharine Robb, fellow painter from the Boston area, built the Whyte Museum and Archives and created the Peter and Catharine Foundation in order to preserve heritage and mountain culture in the Bow Valley area. This book contains 250 photographs, 32 pages of Pete and Catharine's paintings and 16 pages of Brad's photographs. A hardbound coffee table book with dust jacket. In the back of the book is a fold out family tree.] Hans Gmoser Film Collection Collectors Edition - includes 10 DVDs $100 Hans Gmoser was one of the greatest mountain filmmakers in North America. During the 1950s and 60s he produced 10 feature length films of ski touring, rock climbing and mountaineering adventures, capturing the alpine magic of the era. Now, after 50 years, it is once again possible to view these historic films, complete with classical music soundtrack and narration. As a special bonus, interviews with 14 individuals who starred in the films are included on these DVDs. Deep Powder & Steep Rock: The Life of Mountain Guide Hans Gmoser $25 Hans Gmoser (1932–2006) was the most influential mountaineer in Canada of the last fifty years. Through innovation, hard work, perseverance, and an appetite for adventure, Gmoser evolved from penniless immigrant to mountain guide for kings, queens, and prime ministers. He also played a major role in creating what is now western Canada’s dynamic mountain adventure community. Known primarily as the inventor of heli-skiing and the founder of Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), Gmoser also garnered recognition as a talented rock climber, tireless expedition leader, successful mountain guide, renowned filmmaker, community organizer and vibrant businessman. Told from all aspects of his fascinating life and including some of Gmoser’s own words, Chic Scott weaves together a compelling story based on the diaries, expedition journals, film commentaries and personal correspondence of this charismatic, and inspiring figure.

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  • Local Book Shop | Whyte Museum Shop | Banff

    Shop Hours ​ ​ Thursday - Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ​ Banff's trusted book source SAVE 15% Museum Members Discount Terry Gainer When Trains Ruled the Kootenays In Person Talk Thursday, July 7 at 7pm “Few authors can claim Terry Gainer’s closeness to their topic: as a youngster he lived upstairs at the train station he writes about. He’s also a gifted storyteller—he makes good train stories great, and great train stories terrific. Take a seat with Terry at the Banff station and watch the world of trains as no one else gets to see it.” —Rick Antonson, author of Train Beyond the Mountains: Journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer Learn More Join Event What's New Quick View Canadian Rockies Trail Guide Price C$29.95 Add to Cart Quick View Entangled Life Price C$24.00 Add to Cart Quick View The Skin We're - In A Year of Black Resistance and Power Price C$29.95 Add to Cart Quick View Expedition to Mystery Mountain Price C$24.95 Add to Cart Quick View The Racial Mosaic: A Pre-History of Canadian Multiculturalism Price C$39.95 Add to Cart Quick View Tenure Price C$21.95 Add to Cart Quick View Canadian Rockies Trail Guide Price C$29.95 Add to Cart Quick View Entangled Life Price C$24.00 Add to Cart Quick View The Skin We're - In A Year of Black Resistance and Power Price C$29.95 Add to Cart Quick View Expedition to Mystery Mountain Price C$24.95 Add to Cart Quick View The Racial Mosaic: A Pre-History of Canadian Multiculturalism Price C$39.95 Add to Cart Quick View Tenure Price C$21.95 Add to Cart Local Author Ben Gadd An Orogenous Life Memoir and reader “Suddenly I had the sensation that the mountain was moving. My brain quickly corrected that impression, telling me that no, the mountain was not moving..." Join Chic Scott with renowned Alberta naturalist, interpretive guide and local author Ben Gadd for an evening of great stories about his adventures in the mountains. Learn More Travel + Guidebooks Quick View Canadian Rockies Trail Guide Price C$29.95 Add to Cart Quick View Popular Day Hikes: Canadian Rockies Price C$20.00 Add to Cart Quick View Mushrooms of British Columbia Price C$34.95 Add to Cart Quick View Mountain Treks in Alberta Price C$26.95 Add to Cart Quick View Mammals Pocket guide Price C$9.95 Out of Stock Quick View Hiking Lake Louise Price C$11.95 Add to Cart Quick View Canadian Rockies Trail Guide Price C$29.95 Add to Cart Quick View Popular Day Hikes: Canadian Rockies Price C$20.00 Add to Cart Quick View Mushrooms of British Columbia Price C$34.95 Add to Cart Quick View Mountain Treks in Alberta Price C$26.95 Add to Cart Quick View Mammals Pocket guide Price C$9.95 Out of Stock Quick View Hiking Lake Louise Price C$11.95 Add to Cart Best Trail Guide Brian Patton & Bart Robinson Canadian Rockies Trail Guide 10th Edition This much anticipated updated 10th Edition of Brian Patton's and Bart Robinson's local trail guide is a favourite with our staff. It has many great updates and visuals with key points of interest and necessary historical facts about this area. This is the 10th Edition and our "go-to" pick about trails in the Banff area. This guide is in it's 50th year of publication and if you already have an earlier version you should definitely consider buying the new edition - the layout has improved greatly. The guide is more user friendly with colour coded sections, contains a quick reference list of maps and tips on how to book campsites and get information about transportation and trail conditions. ​ Available now in shop and online. Learn More Bestsellers + Award Winning Fiction Quick View Astra Price C$24.95 Quick View The Rose Code Price C$24.99 Quick View Fight Night Price C$29.95 Quick View Beartown Price C$19.99 Quick View Glorious Frazzled Beings Price C$22.99 Quick View Tainna: The Unseen Ones Price C$19.95 Quick View Astra Price C$24.95 Quick View The Rose Code Price C$24.99 Quick View Fight Night Price C$29.95 Quick View Beartown Price C$19.99 Quick View Glorious Frazzled Beings Price C$22.99 Quick View Tainna: The Unseen Ones Price C$19.95 Women Adventurer Susanna Oreskovic Expedition to Mystery Mountain: Adventure of a Bushwacking, Knickerbocker-wearing Woman Learn More Diverse Voices Quick View The Skin We're - In A Year of Black Resistance and Power Price C$29.95 Quick View Elements of Indigenous Style A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples Price C$19.95 Bestseller Quick View Gutter Child: A Novel Out of stock Quick View They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters... Price C$22.95 Quick View Pourin' Down Rain: A Black Woman Claims Her Place in the Canadian West Price C$19.95 Quick View Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada Price C$27.95 Quick View The Skin We're - In A Year of Black Resistance and Power Price C$29.95 Quick View Elements of Indigenous Style A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples Price C$19.95 Bestseller Quick View Gutter Child: A Novel Out of stock Quick View They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters... Price C$22.95 Quick View Pourin' Down Rain: A Black Woman Claims Her Place in the Canadian West Price C$19.95 Quick View Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada Price C$27.95 Culture Daniel R. Meister The Racial Mosaic: A Pre-History of Multiculturalism ["An excellent book. The Racial Mosaic has forced me to rethink multiculturalism's historical, racial, and even eugenic roots. This is the first serious and sustained attempt to historicize one of Canada's defining policies."] Donald Wright, University of New Brunswick and author of Canada: A Very Short Introduction. Learn More Indigenous Culture + Literature Quick View Stories of Metis Women Price C$32.95 Quick View First Peoples in Canada Price C$29.95 Quick View What Comes from Spirit Out of stock Quick View Those Who Know Profiles of Alberta's Aboriginal Elders 20th Anniversary Edition Price C$24.95 Quick View Indian Tribes of North America Price C$12.95 Quick View Me Tomorrow -Indigenous Views on the Future Price C$24.95 Quick View Stories of Metis Women Price C$32.95 Quick View First Peoples in Canada Price C$29.95 Quick View What Comes from Spirit Out of stock Quick View Those Who Know Profiles of Alberta's Aboriginal Elders 20th Anniversary Edition Price C$24.95 Quick View Indian Tribes of North America Price C$12.95 Quick View Me Tomorrow -Indigenous Views on the Future Price C$24.95 Diverse Voices Nicola I. Campbell Spilexm "Cheryl Foggo came of age during the 1960s in Calgary, a time when a Black family walking down the street still drew stares from everyone they passed. She explores her ancestry, what comes to light gives her the confidence to claim her place in the Canadian west as a proud Black woman. In this beautiful, moving work, she celebrates the Black experience and Black resiliency on the prairies". Join us live as we talk with Cheryl more in depth about her life, struggles and perspectives as a visual minority in a predominantly white society...more Learn More Early Settler History Quick View The Bar U and Canadian Ranching History Price C$44.95 Out of Stock Quick View An Adventurous Woman Abroad Price C$32.95 Out of Stock Quick View Searching for Mary Schaffer Price C$34.95 Add to Cart Quick View Ain't It Hell Price C$19.95 Add to Cart Quick View Latch String Out Price C$24.95 Add to Cart Quick View Jasper: A History of the Place and Its People Price C$19.95 Out of Stock Quick View The Bar U and Canadian Ranching History Price C$44.95 Out of Stock Quick View An Adventurous Woman Abroad Price C$32.95 Out of Stock Quick View Searching for Mary Schaffer Price C$34.95 Add to Cart Quick View Ain't It Hell Price C$19.95 Add to Cart Quick View Latch String Out Price C$24.95 Add to Cart Quick View Jasper: A History of the Place and Its People Price C$19.95 Out of Stock Travel Eric B. Taylor Rivers Run Through Us An engaging, informative, and personal exploration of some of the great rivers of North America. The physical nature of rivers has influenced the course of human history and development, whether it be in the prosecution of major conflicts (US Civil War), patterns of development and social change (dams on the Columbia River), the economy (gold rushes, agricultural development), or international relations (US and Mexico and the Colorado River). Learn More Banff Mountain Book Festival 2021 Quick View To Live: Fighting for life on the killer mountain Price C$38.95 Quick View Structured Chaos: The Unusual Life of a Climber Price C$38.95 Quick View A Feeling for Rock Price C$29.95 Quick View Legends of the North Cascades Price C$35.95 Quick View Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles on Foot Through the Heart of the Middle East Price C$26.99 Quick View Wild Roses Are Worth It: Reimagining the Alberta Advantage Price C$22.00 Quick View To Live: Fighting for life on the killer mountain Price C$38.95 Quick View Structured Chaos: The Unusual Life of a Climber Price C$38.95 Quick View A Feeling for Rock Price C$29.95 Quick View Legends of the North Cascades Price C$35.95 Quick View Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles on Foot Through the Heart of the Middle East Price C$26.99 Quick View Wild Roses Are Worth It: Reimagining the Alberta Advantage Price C$22.00 Support our Archives & Special Collections Department! ...we are offering a variety of donated vintage books for sale in our shop. All proceeds go to support our archives and library collections and are on display in our book shop. Vintage Books Quick View Chinook Days Price C$75.00 Quick View Five Miles High Price C$1,500.00 Quick View Canada Price C$400.00 Quick View Old Man’s Garden Price C$500.00 Quick View We Found Peace Price C$72.00 Quick View The Popular Elocutionist: An Reciter Compromising Practical Hints on Public Read Price C$745.00 Quick View Chinook Days Price C$75.00 Quick View Five Miles High Price C$1,500.00 Quick View Canada Price C$400.00 Quick View Old Man’s Garden Price C$500.00 Quick View We Found Peace Price C$72.00 Quick View The Popular Elocutionist: An Reciter Compromising Practical Hints on Public Read Price C$745.00 Quick View Chinook Days Price C$75.00 Quick View Five Miles High Price C$1,500.00 Quick View Canada Price C$400.00

  • About Us | Whyte Museum Book Shop | Banff

    About Us We are the locals' trusted source for in-depth information on Banff and surrounding area . Immerse yourself in locally authored books on history, exploration, adventure, nature, the environment, art, photography, and the peoples in this area and their stories. ​ In response to our changing surroundings and the environment in which we live, learn, work and play, we are responding with new titles that present fresh ideas and diverse perspectives in response to these new conditions. ​ We have broadened our book selection to provide you with quality reading material that will expand your horizons and stir your imagination. Our curated selection of books include local, regional, and national Canadian content that explores Canadian culture, society, nature and our environment; plus, we offer i nternational materials of noteworthy importance to round out our selection. We are excited to be back at work and we hope to see you soon. If you cannot make it in person, please call us or email us at shop@whyte.org with your inquiries, questions, and requests. ​ All revenue generated from the Museum Shop and online purchases support the Whyte Museum Exhibitions, Education and Community Programs, and Archives Department.

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