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100 Years of the Warden Service

Warden Family, courtesy Whyte Museum

Warden Family, courtesy Whyte Museum

In partnership with the Jasper Yellowhead Museum for the 100th anniversary of the Warden Service, Banff’s Whyte Museum hosts A Way of Life, A Legacy to Protect: 100 Years of the Warden Service until November 15th. The exhibit tells the story of a warden’s life back when each headquarters was a simple log cabin from which wardens performed varied duties such as building backcountry cabins, maintaining trails and forestry telephone lines, patrolling campgrounds, caring for animals, controlling mosquitoes and operating ski patrols. The Whyte has added the Warden’s climbing expedition (part of the 1985 centennial of the creation Canada’s national park system), the essential supporting role of Warden’s families, as well as the story of Windy Lodge (No. 3 Warden Patrol Cabin) situated on the Museum’s riverside grounds.