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David Thompson’s Bicentennial

Portage of the Mountains: Howse Pass June 25, 1807. Photo by Joseph Cross courtesy Canmore Museum

You’re in good company. Marilyn Monroe, Queen Elizabeth, Sir John A Macdonald, Alfred Hitchcock and Bill Gates all sojourned in the Bow Valley. But the first recorded visit was in 1800 by legendary trader and mapmaker David Thompson who become the first European to cross the Canadian Rockies in 1807. Paintings by Joseph Cross of Cranbrook BC celebrate Thompson’s amazing travels and his contribution to the establishment of Canada as a country. They can be seen at The Canmore Museum exhibit David Thompson: 200 Years Later showing July 26 to Spring 2009. — Mary-Beth Laviolette

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