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Added: April, 2016
Watch for the results of the 2016 Eleanor Luxton Writing Competition.


Added: April, 2015
Pause for Reflection: Early 2014 saw the passing of Ralphine Locke, a local with pioneering history and a strong woman of our times. The Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation has chosen to commemorate Ralphine with a rundle stone bench in the Luxton Garden. Read more...


Added: April, 2014
Cultural Walking Tours: Banff has many distinctive, historical, and fascinating features that you can easily reach on foot starting anywhere in the downtown core. Whether you enjoy visiting cultural places, seeing historic homes, or taking a stroll to learn more about the bison. Click here to read more and to find maps...


Added: April 06, 2012
The Luxton house is now an accredited museum open to the public from July 01 to September 02, from Friday to Sunday, 11:00am to 3:00pm. Private tours of the Luxton home and Garden are also available by appointment with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. Come visit the house and the gardens!


Added: February 03, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011, $2 Admission, Members FREE

Noon, Part One

Bring your lunch and join us for a conversation of what the re-introduction of bison (buffalo) would mean for Banff National Park. Speakers will include Tim O'Donoghue, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, who will discuss the experiences of living with bison near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and Kevin Van Tighem, Banff National Park Superintendent on Parks Canada's vision about bringing wild bison into the park.

1:30pm, Part Two

Listen to a stimulating round-table discussion about the impact of the re-introduction of bison (buffalo) to Banff National Park. A number of experts - including Bill Hunt, Parks Canada; Leslie Taylor, Consultant, Harvey Locke, trustee at the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation; Cliff White, Research Director, Canadian Rockies Bison Initiative; Gord Vaadeland, Executive Director of the Sturgeon River Plains Bison Stewards, SK and Tim O'Donoghue, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce - will discuss their varied perspectives on this issue while welcoming audience questions and input.


Added: December 01, 2010
Come and hear the dynamic vocal trio Times Three, on Tuesday, December 14, 7:30pm, at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Decked out in apparel from the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation, set against the backdrop of the "Let It Snow" exhibition, the dynamic vocal trio Times Three, featuring Nan Hughes, Kathy McMillan and Amy Ellen Anderson, recapture the magic of the 1940s. Relive the Big Band era and Hollywood's glamorous Golden Age with holiday music and style.

$15 non-members, $10 members. Tickets available at the door or in advance, call 403.762.2291, ext. 300.


Added: February 23, 2010
Ralphine Locke, cousin of Eleanor Luxton and trustee of the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation since its inception, received the 2009 Life Achievement award from the Banff Heritage Corporation.

Ralphine, born Harvey, was the first non-aboriginal person born at Lake Louise and now lives in Banff. While growing up she was in regular contact with many of Banff’s leading historical figures such as her grandfather pioneer James Irvine Brewster, his nephew Jim Brewster who founded the transportation empire, her “Uncle” Tom Wilson, Norman Luxton, Carl and Louise Rungius, and Catherine and Peter Whyte to name a few.

To learn more about Ralphine Locke and her deep relationship with Banff National Park and the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation watch the video below:


FEATURE - Archives:

March 03, 2010

To reach out to the younger generation and to excite them about the history of their mountain home was the defining initiative for the Eleanor Luxton Creative Writing Contest, an annual event open to the Junior and Senior High Schools in Banff. The collaboration between Banff Composite High School and the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation Banff was inaugurated in 2004. The students are invited to participate in one or both categories, short story and poetry, on the subject of the human and / or natural history of the Bow Valley.

Entries in the contest are growing in number and excellence each year. Entrants research their topics at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies’ extensive archives, and other sources. Beyond the cash prizes, students are enthusiastic about learning more about the larger-than-life historic characters of early Banff and the unique environment in which they live.

The contest honours the memory of Eleanor G. Luxton, a former teacher at the school, and a woman of many talents. Her accomplishments are seen in degrees in Education and History from the University of Alberta and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in the 1940’s with subsequent work in designing steam locomotives for the Canadian Pacific Railway. She was the author of two books, “Banff: Canada’s First National Park” and “Tilikum: Luxton’s Pacific Voyage”, an account, based on his diaries, of her father’s famous trip across the Pacific in a modified cedar canoe in 1901.