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Award Winners of the Banff Mountain Book Festival
Canadian Rockies Category

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Since 1994, the Banff Mountain Book Festival has brought together writers, publishers, editors, photographers and readers. The festival explores the world of mountain literature through speakers, readings, seminars, book signings and launches, a book fair and the presentation of internationally recognized awards for mountain literature. In addition to the Grand Prize Winners selected from all of the books, awards are also presented to the best books in each of the categories of:

bullet Adventure Travel
bullet Canadian Rockies
bullet Mountain Exposition
bullet Mountain History
bullet Mountain Image
bullet Mountain Literature


The Canadian Rockies Award Winners

This category generally includes books nominated in other categories that are directly related to the Canadian Rockies. There are two lists of books on this page. The first list includes all of the winners in the Canadian Rockies category since the award was first made in 1995. The second list includes all of the finalists. Please note that a number of these books are still unavailable in the US (at least through and that these are shown in red.

  Year   Canadian Rockies Winning Titles and Author  

Powder Pioneers: Ski Stories From The Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountains
Chic Scott

Local writer and historian is one of the foremost chroniclers of the history and character of the Rocky Mountains. The Canadian Rockies award is chosen by a local committee.


The 11,000ers of the Canadian Rockies
Bill Corbett

2004 Caves of the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountains
John Rollins
2003 No award mentioned.
2002 Bruno Engler Photography
Susan Engler Potts, Vera Matsarova Engler

A compilation of mountain images by Canadian Rockies mountaineer, filmmaker and photographer Bruno Engler (1915-2001). This book also wins the Canadian Rockies Award for the best book on the local area.
2001 Raven's End: A Tale of the Canadian Rockies
Ben Gadd
2000 Pushing The Limits: The Story Of Canadian Mountaineering
Chic Scott
1999 Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies, 3rd edition
Alan Kane

Kane brings together 150 of his favourite scrambles so far, starting in Waterton National Park and working his way up through the Crowsnest area and Kananaskis Country into the contiguous national parks of Banff, Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper. Each peak can be climbed in one day from a road or backcountry lodge. All scrambles are carefully graded.



The following table includes a list of the finalists for the Banff Awards in the Canadian Rockies category. In some years, finalists are not listed explicitly.

  Year   Canadian Rockies Finalists
bulletClimate Change and Landscape in the Canadian Rocky Mountains by Nat Rutter, Murray Coppold, Dean Rokosh
bulletKananaskis Country Colours: Alberta's Rockies Wilderness by Mike Potter
bulletMapper of Mountains: M.P. Bridgland in the Canadian Rockies 1902-1930 by I. S. MacLaren with Eric S. Higgs and Gabrielle Zezulka-Mailloux
bulletA Passion for Mountains: The Lives of Don and Phyllis Munday by Kathryn Bridge
bulletThis Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada by Colleen Skidmore
bulletYamnuska Rock: The Crown Jewel of Canadian Rockies Traditional Climbing by Andy Genereux
bulletDances with Light: The Canadian Rockies by Darwin Wiggett
bulletClose Calls on High Walls and other Tales from the Warden Service by Mike Schintz
bulletHow to Photograph the Canadian Rockies by Darwin Wiggett
bulletThe Rage: Reflections on Risk by Steve De Maio
bulletThe 11,000ers of the Canadian Rockies by Bill Corbett
bulletRomancing the Rockies by Brian Brennan
bulletSummit Tales: Early Adventures in the Canadian Rockies by Graeme Pole
bulletArtists of the Rockies: Inspiration of Lake O'Hara by Jane Lytton Gooch
bulletCaves of the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountains by John Rollins
bulletDavid Thompson by Graeme Pole
bulletDon Forest: Quest for the Summits by Kathy Calvert
bulletDon't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies: An Opinionated Hiking Guide by Kathy & Craig Copeland
bulletMixed Climbs in the Canadian Rockies by Sean Isaac
bulletThe Mountain Diaries: The Alpine Adventures of Margaret Fleming, 1929-1980 by Pearl Ann Reichwein and Karen Fox
bulletWater and Our Way of Life by R.W. Sandford
bullet Bruno Engler Photography; Susan Engler Potts, Vera Matsarova Engler
bulletCarl Rungius: Artist and Sportsman; Kirstin Evenden, Dr. Karen Wonders, Robert Stacey, Lorain Lounsberry
bulletPhyllis Munday: Mountaineer; Kathryn Bridge
bullet Sport Climbs in the Canadian Rockies; John Martin, Jon Jones
bullet Walking the Big Wild: From Yellowstone to Yukon on the Grizzly Bear Trail; Karsten Heuer
bullet Waterfall Ice Climbs in the Canadian Rockies, Joe Josephson
bulletWhere Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies: Premier Trails in Kananaskis Country near Canmore and Calgary, Kathy Copeland, Craig Copeland


If you like this list and want to see other award winning books on mountaineering and the outdoors, check out the winners of these three awards:
bullet American Alpine Literary Award
bullet Boardman-Tasker Memorial Award for Mountain Literature
bullet National Outdoor Book Awards


Return to TheRagens Books homepage. For other books on our lists of recommended books, follow the links below.
bulletOur Current Book List. The list of books on our current reading list.
bulletMountain Climbing and Outdoor Adventures with the cover graphics.
bullet Books on Wine Appreciation and Winemaking.
bulletChildren's Books that our boys or their cousins are reading. Click here for the Seattle Children's Theatre recommended booklist.
bulletHistory Books that relate to our family history or that we have enjoyed.
bulletOther Books that we are waiting to categorize.


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