Abandoned Coal Mine (Banff National Park)

After many trips to Banff National Park I was finally able to visit the abandoned coal mine in the Lower Bankhead region of Banff National Park. The coal mining began in the early 1900s and the mines produced a half million tons of coal annually. Today the area is largely abandoned with the exception of bears that patrol the area often. There is a big parking lot at the unmarked trailhead to get down to this area but the past two years I haven’t been able to hike down to this area because of heightened bear activity so they had posted large (and scary) warnings about what could happen if you hiked down there and encountered a bear.

Abandoned Coal Mine – Lower Bankhead, Banff National Park

Abandoned Coal Mine in Lower Bankhead Area Banff National Park

By the way I received BIG news the other day that I’m going to have a photo published in an upcoming book for charity. The book is a collection of photographs from really great photographers around the world so this is a tremendous honor for me and I am so happy that my photography was selected. If you are interested in purchasing the book (PDF, Hard Copy, etc…) you can go to the website and purchase it. They are about halfway to collecting the funds needed to support the charity and print the hard copies of the book. I really hope we get there (not only for me to see my photo published – partially of course) because Eliza’s story (the adorable four-year old who the fundraising is supporting) is really tragic and she unfortunately she may not live into her teens as a result of a disease called Sanfilippo syndrome. I couldn’t imagine going through what this family is – but Eliza seems to be enjoying and making the best of her life – no matter what the future holds.


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