The new year is a great time to make plans, learn new things, and develop different habits. As the Canmore Museum is moving into the second year of its new strategic plan, our focus is on community engagement, environmental sustainability, and looking at local history from diverse perspectives. These are some great books that have been a part of my learning journey and have helped guide the museum’s new direction. – Sarah

Climate Change & Landscape in the Canadian Rocky Mountains by Nat Rutter and Murray Coppold
Learn about climate change by looking at the dramatic geology of the Rocky Mountains. This book is a great educational resource for more deeply understanding the science behind climate change while also adding to your knowledge of the local landscape.

The Weekender Effect by Robert Sandford $16.95
Canmore is amidst a great period of growth and change, with all the ups and downs, benefits and consequences that come along with it. Bob Sandford’s manifesto/meet love song to our mountain town is an excellent starting point for reflecting on the Town of Canmore’s present and possible futures.

Imagine This Valley by Stephen Legault $19.95
Canmore and Banff are collectively renowned for their mountain culture, diverse wildlife, and scenes of breathtaking natural splendour. Our vibrant mountain communities are also home to exceptional adventurers, artists, thinkers, and writers. For the first time, 25 of some of the area’s best-known personalities have contributed essays to a collection of work that promotes this remarkable area like no other book has before. Author royalties from Imagine This Valley will be donated and placed into a fund for young people from the Bow Valley who wish to pursue writing as a vocation. An initial amount of $2,000 was placed in trust by RMB | Rocky Mountain Books, and each year, starting in 2016, a $500 grant has been given to a student interested in pursuing their dream of writing.

Museum Activism edited by Bob Janes & Richard Sandell $52.95
An in-depth look into the many ways museums can engage with the world of activism, help bring light to issues that face the communities they serve and give a platform to underrepresented voices. If this book seems like an intimidating place to start, check out the January 13 Stories of Canmore virtual book club event with the editor of Museum Activism, Bob Janes.

Canmore Calendar $30
It’s a new year, so time for a new calendar! Local photographer Fabby Klatt has produced a beautiful 2022 wall calendar filled with stunning photos of Canmore scenery.

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