Conrad Kain Display at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is the gateway for experiencing and enjoying its history, culture and art in order to inspire and cultivate knowledge and the exchange of ideas.

As such, the museum has worked closely with the CKCS during this Centennial year, and we are most grateful for their generous collaboration. The Byron Harmon photos that you see on this website come from their archives, as do the photos used by Rocky Mountain Books in the fourth edition of Where the Clouds Can Go.

Archivists Lena Goon and Elizabeth Kundert-Cameron have created a handsome display of 10 exhibition-quality photographic prints featuring Conrad Kain, with matching quotes from Where the Clouds Can Go at the museum. This part of the display is available for viewing in the Reference Room during Archives’ public hours (Mon-Fri 1-5 p.m.).

Another display in the lobby also has some exhibition prints and smaller photographs with quotes, as well as letters to Amelia Malek matched with two original photograph albums of ACC camps 1909 & 1913 by Freeborn, copies of summit notes (Mt. Louis and Mt. Farnham), and the 1913 Alberta/BC Boundary report. 

The Conrad Kain poems by Earle Birney and Gordon Burles, will be shown along with the first three editions of Where the Clouds Can Go, and a sampling of artefacts of mountaineering equipment of the era (ice axe, goggles, climbing rope). 

The only artefacts of Conrad’s that the museum owns will also be on display – the heel from his boot from the 1st ascent of Mt. Robson, and a “diamond hitch” model.

Phillip Nugent is performing his one-man play, "As far as I can take you - the life of Conrad Kain" at the Whyte Museum on August 23, 4 pm, admission by donation.