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Banff Park Museum

Victorian-era natural history

At first glance the smart log Banff Museum is a very Victorian look at park natural history, via a fairly encyclopaedic collection of local stuffed animals and curios.

It’s all a bit out of step with today’s attitudes, but provides a chance to see species at close quarters and appreciate how Banff’s tourism has evolved. And the snug Edwardian wood-panelled reading room full of magazines and books on nature and wildlife is perfect spot to while away a rainy afternoon.

The museum’s stuffed inmates were originally assembled for the Victorian and Edwardian gentry to inspect at their leisure and without any effort and in an era when hunting in the park was considered allowed – which lasted with increasing restrictions into the 1930s. The animals include moose, elk, sheep, goats, black bears, grizzlies wolves, coyotes, foxes, cougars, lynx, eagles, owls and hawks. Meanwhile the Cabinet of Curiosities includes albino mammals, ants nests, a bison leg stuck in a Douglas fir and a mammoth’s leg bone.

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History & Culture

See Banff

Canada's Rockies In-a-Week

A classic 7-day itinerary with key activities in four parks

Canada's Rockies In-2/3-days

Canadian mountain classics in a long-weekend

Canada's Rockies In-2-Weeks

Five Rocky Mountain parks in one glorious 14-day loop

Text © Christian Williams

Images by Photo by Christian Williams