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    • Alberta Museum of Nordic Skiing

      January 8, 2013

      Canmore, home to the National Cross Country and Biathlon teams, is now also the venue for two exhibits under the auspices of the Alberta Museum of Nordic Skiing. The museum is believed to be one of the only museums in Canada which is dedicated solely to nordic skiing. Initiated by Dave Rees (1968 Olympian in cross country skiing), the museum is a project of the recently formed Alberta Nordic Ski Museum Society.

      The lobby of the downtown Canmore Business and Tourism office, located on 7th Avenue, has an exhibit depicting the history of nordic skiing in Canada starting in the 1870s. On display are boots, bindings, waxes, skis and roller skis used from the 1940s to the present, in both the classic and skating techniques. Included in the exhibit are photos of local Canmore nordic and para-nordic skiing medallists in Olympic Games and World Championships.  What are believed to be the very first roller skis ever used in Canada, dating from 1958, are on display, as well as a ski more than ten feet in length, which is approximately 100 years old and came from Finland.

      The exhibit at the Canmore Nordic Centre highlights the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, with memorabilia, clothing, maps and souvenirs of the event, as well as photos of the Canadian nordic ski teams (cross country, biathlon, para-nordic and nordic combined).   In addition, there is a photographic history of the Nordic Centre and a cabinet of items from Winter Olympics other than 1988.

      Both exhibits are free for viewing during business hours.  

      For more information, please contact Dave Rees, President, Alberta Nordic Ski Museum Society

      by phone at 403-678-2696 or 403-707-5565 (cell) or by email at rees.ski@gmail.com


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      Canmore Nordic Centre Exhibit

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      Tourism Canmore Exhibit