We are glad you found us! It turns out, most Canadians – 63% – are not familiar with any heritage conservation organizations. This not because of a lack of interest in conservation. A surprising 83% of the 1000 people who participated in a recent National Trust survey worry about Canadian heritage places disappearing.
Younger Canadians, in particular, see value in restoring and repurposing heritage buildings. Historical stories rated highly in the survey. Their appeal: they help us understand how our landscapes have shaped us, and how we’ve shaped travel routes, dwellings, and gathering places in response.
The type of stories we gravitate to are shifting. More and more, Canadians are interested in learning about all the different characters and cultures inherent in our communities. We especially want to know more about those that were historically excluded from textbooks and more traditional narratives.
We hope you will join Bowstrings as we undercover the untold stories of Banff and the Bow Valley. Take time to visit our restorations in progress: The Mountain School and Rutherford Cottage. Follow us as we explore Our Shared History.