FAMILY - Eleanor Luxton

Eleanor Luxton

Eleanor Luxton (1908-1995) was a writer, historian, researcher, mechanical draftsman, teacher and businesswoman. The daughter of Norman and Georgina Luxton, Eleanor grew up as an only child in Banff.

After graduating from high school in Banff in 1926, she attended the University of Alberta, receiving degrees in history, a Diploma in Education and completed subsequent education, biology and natural history courses during the summers. Upon returning to Banff in 1936, Eleanor taught school for a number of years and many of her former students have fond memories of her.

During the Second World War Eleanor studied mechanical drafting in Montreal, and worked on locomotive design for the Canadian Pacific Railway. She later worked as a field researcher for the Glenbow Foundation and wrote two books of history and began a third. She also wrote "Banff: Canada's First National Park," and "Tilikum: Luxton's Pacific Voyage."

After her father’s death in 1962, she returned to the family home in Banff to live with her mother, who died in 1965. Eleanor resided there until she passed away in 1995. She established the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation and left her home, one of the oldest residential properties in the community, to become a museum.

Eleanor Luxton had a great appreciation for history, a pride in her family and the foresight to preserve the Luxton home and adjacent properties through the creation of the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation.