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Heritage Awards
Heritage AwardsThe Banff Heritage Awards was a program held from 2003-2010 to recognize individuals and organizations who made an outstanding contributions to heritage conservation in Banff.

2010 Banff Heritage Awards
The 2010 Banff Heritage Awards - A Celebration of Banff’s Heritage event honoured six outstanding organizations and individuals whose efforts brought to life to the heritage values unique to Banff National Park. Whether the aim is to foster positive visitor experiences or enrich Banff’s unique sense of place, the awards night was an opportunity to pay tribute to individuals and organizations who have embraced heritage as part of their work and personal lives. The Celebration was hosted by the Banff Heritage Corporation, Banff Heritage Tourism, and the Interpretive Guides Association.

2009 Award Recipients
Lifetime Achievement in Heritage Conservation Award
Local resident Ralphine Locke was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the conservation and promotion of heritage in Banff. She gave her time and energy to a multitude of heritage initiatives, including heritage designations of key properties in Banff, the restoration of significant heritage sites, envisioning and supervising development of an exhibition at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, leading a creative writing contest for students at Banff Community High School, and research and writing for heritage profiles for the Town of Banff's Landmarks and Legends series.

Adaptive Re-use of a Heritage Building Award
In 2008, the Sather Family worked with the Banff Centre to have the Walter Painter residence moved to the Leighton Artist Colony. Both the Sather Family and the Banff Centre were the recipients of the Adaptive Re-use of a Heritage Building award. When the Sather family made the decision to redevelop their Buffalo Street property, they approached the Banff Centre about the possibility of giving their house, known as the Painter Residence, to the Centre. The Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) for the Banff Centre envisions two additional studios at the Leighton Artists' Colony. The relocation of the Painter Residence to the Colony therefore presented a unique opportunity for the Centre to realize the vision of the ARP while re-using a heritage resource that would have otherwise been lost.

2008 Award Recipients
Lifetime Achievement in Heritage Conservation Award
Mr. Larry Bakstad of Banff General Construction was the recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. Larry was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the conservation of heritage in Banff for over 30 years. Having worked on a number of heritage restoration projects throughout the Mountain National Parks during his career, Larry is best known for his work on the Park Superintendent’s Residence and the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada.

Restoration, Rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse of a Heritage Building Award
Arctos & Bird, a local land development and management company, was the recipient of the 2008 award for the Restoration, Rehabilitation, and Adaptive Reuse of a Heritage Building. Arctos and Bird was recognized for its outstanding efforts to restore and rehabilitate the Old Crag Cabin at 211 Bear Street. One of Banff’s oldest and storied buildings, the Cabin is an integral part of the Bison Courtyard development and it is a testament to the company’s commitment to environmental and heritage conservation.

2006 Award Recipient 
Built Heritage Award
The Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation was recognized for its commitment to the preservation and rehabilitation of the Crosby House at 136 Bow Avenue. The Crosby House was designated as a Municipal Historic Resource in 2006.

2005 Award Recipient
Built Heritage Award
Cascade Masonic Lodge # 5, A.F. & A.M., G.R.A. The Lodge was recognized for its commitment to the preservation, rehabilitation, and promotion of the Cascade Masonic Lodge at 103 Caribou Street. This significant resource was designated as a Municipal Historic Resource in 2004.

2004 Award Recipients
Award For Public Service
Harold Mortimer and Lori Dowling – Recognition of Harold's contributions to building construction in Banff for over 40 years and recognition of Lori's long-standing commitment to heritage preservation activities in Banff.

Award for Open Space, Sites, Monuments, and Trails
Guenther's Landscaping – Recognition of the quality workmanship in the rehabilitation of the Bow River Trail.

Award For New Construction
Kerry & Bunny Julius – Recognition of the renovations Kerry and Bunny completed that respect and retain the heritage character of 419 Beaver Street.

Award For Restoration/Rehabilitation of a Heritage Building
Parks Canada – Recognition of the sensitive restoration of the 100-year-old Banff Park Museum, one of Banff's premiere heritage resources and a National Historic Site located at 91 Banff Avenue. The restoration contributed not only to the preservation of this well known and highly visited building, but also the collection of exhibits and specimens housed inside.

2003 Award Recipients
Award For Public Service
Members of the Banff RCMP Detachment & Ossi Treutler Jr. – Red Serge program in Banff.

Members of Cascade Masonic Lodge # 5, A.F. & A.M., G.R.A. – Temporary relocation of the Old Crag Cabin to the Cascade Lodge site at 103 Caribou Street.

Mark Bowes – Recognition of Mark's long-term commitment to heritage preservation in Banff.

Shannon Angell – Recognition of Shannon's research contributions to the Town of Banff Municipal Resource Database project.

Award for Open Space, Sites, Monuments, and Trails
Town of Banff & Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – Improvements & interpretive displays at the Surprise Corner viewpoint.

Award Winner For New Construction
R. Scott Sturges – For exterior renovations and improvements to 126 Muskrat Street.

Canada Safeway – Recognition of the sympathetic exterior renovations to the Safeway building (318 Marten Street) that retain the unique modern architectural style while incorporating design elements sensitive to Banff's mountain setting.