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Steam, Schemes and National Dreams

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When three young prospectors, seeking their fortunes in gold in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, discovered hot springs similar to those at famous international spas, many were eager to gain ownership of them. A conscientious surveyor, however, recognizing that a discovery of this importance should be preserved for the use and enjoyment of the public, was instrumental in having the springs and surrounding area declared a park. In 1885, Canada's first national park, Banff National Park, was created. Based on the unpublished memoirs of one of the young prospectors, the story is re-enacted with humour and intercut with scenes of present-day Banff. It describes the historical events surrounding this find, and reminds us of the value of our national parks system.

1984, 28 min 34 s

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Antoinette (Nettie) Kryski Canadian Heritage Award - with a cash prize of 500$
Yorkton Film Festival
October 31 to November 4 1984, Yorkton - Canada

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