When we travel, we normally browse the available books in park visitor centers, museums, and local bookstores and libraries. The reason is that local book stores usually stock a wide variety of books on the location, its history, and its local characters. Many of these books are hard to find outside the local area, some being self-published books that may be only available in the area. Dee and I usually buy one book each to read while we are in a new place. Banff is no exception. We hope to share with you some of the books we have found. A short summary is provided with links to our more complete review of each book.
On reading that Matt Harding, who has "danced" in over 55 countries, mostly used Lonely Planet guide books, we sought one out on Banff. We found one and learned why he likes them so much.
We hope you buy more than one book on Banff, but if you only buy one, this is the one you will probably find most useful.
You can read more about the book including our book review at Banff, Jasper & and Glacier National Parks Banff, Jasper & and Glacier National Parks
A photographic history of the Canadian Rockies, much of it is about Banff and the rest fits in nicely. If you just want a small short history that covers the highlights, then this is the book for you. And the price is right for those on a budget. Used books stores associated with Amazon often sell it for less than a dollar. At the time we were looking for a single book on the history of Banff, this was the only one recommended to us and it is well written and interesting. It is a great introduction to the more comprehensive Banff & Lake Louise History Explorer also reviewed in this section.
You can read more about the book including our book review at Canadian Rockies: A History in Photographs.
After consulting with clerks in three book stores and one librarian, the best referral we got for a general book on Banff history was The Canadian Rockies: A History in Photographs also reviewed in this section. Then we found Ernie Lakusta's book, Banff & Lake Louise: History Explorer, on our own, in the last book store we visited on our summer 2006 trip.
This was exactly the book we were looking for.
You can read more about the book including our book review at Banff & Lake Louise History Explorer.