111 Bear Street
CA T1L 1A3
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies aims to foster an appreciation of mountain culture by preserving, providing access to, exhibiting and interpreting materials related to the mountain cultural and heritage of Western Canada.
The geographic extent of the Whyte Museum's collecting mandate includes the mountainous areas of Canada bounded by the 49th parallel on the south, the Peace River on the north, the Front Ranges on the east and the Columbia Mountains on the west. Materials from First Nations, Town of Banff, Banff National Park and the Upper Bow Valley are prominent within these collections. The Whyte Museum uniquely focuses on the human relationship with mountains through its extensive historical and contemporary collections.
The Archives holds over 800 archival fonds and collections, representing mountain culture, and history of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. In addition, the Archives and Library holds in trust and provides access to the Luxton fonds from the Eleanor Luxton Foundation.
These fonds include approximately 350 metres of textual records, more than 700,000 photographs, and over 1500 sound recordings, motion pictures and videos. Dating from the mid-19th century to the 21st century, these records document not only the people who created them, but also the broader social, political, and economic history of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
The Whyte Museum holds photograph collections from Canada's First World War Internment Operations, specifically the camps at Castle Mountain and Cave and Basin.
Tuesday to Friday, 1 PM to 5 PM
To book appointments, please call 403-762-2291, ext. 335 or email the Archives.
Closed on Statutory Holidays