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Rockies’ Original Mountain Men

Swiss Guides in Jasper

Over 100 years ago, tourist interest in mountaineering led Canadian Pacific hotels to hire Swiss guides to teach safe climbing techniques. They led hundreds of first ascents from 1899 to 1954. A new generation of Swiss guides that arrived in the mid 20th century helped develop modern mountain rescue, avalanche research and heli-skiing. Learn how these European transplants fostered an appreciation for the mountains at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum’s Swiss Guides exhibit, March 3 to 27.—LS

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