This is a book about celebrating 100 years of Canadian Government’s only working horse ranch. It is a book like no other I have seen or read. It is a new book, and it is one that I wanted to explore. And I am really glad that I did!
The story of Ya Ha Tinda and its evolution into the only continuously operating federal government horse ranch in Canada is much more than the story of the people who worked and lived there.
Its ancient history is an amalgam of geological evolution, with archaeological evidence of ancient indigenous people’s use of the land for over 9,400 years and a biophysical inventory of flora and fauna unique to this particular place.
So, important is this small footprint that it has been the source of a constant struggle for control between governments and special interest groups since the early 1900s when the Brewster Brothers Transfer Company first obtained a grazing lease in the area for raising and breaking horses for their guiding and outfitting business in Banff and Lake Louise.
This unique book covers the 100 years since the inception of the ranch: its challenges to survive intact to the 2017 centennial celebration and the stories and of the men and women who worked and survived on the spread as they fought the elements and the politics to keep it as a home place for both the warden service and Parks Canada.