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A birthday gift for The Queen – Banff Commonwealth Walkway to celebrate Alberta and Canada’s Royal heritage

April 21, 2016

Alberta has a special gift to mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and to celebrate Canada’s longstanding role as a member of the Commonwealth. 


“I am delighted to announce that a Commonwealth Walkway will be created in the Town of Banff and Banff National Park,” said Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. “This project, which honours the 90th birthday of our beloved Queen of Canada, also celebrates an important part of our heritage while encouraging current and future generations of Canadians to get outside and enjoy the benefits of walking.” 

 Banff’s Commonwealth Walkway will feature bilingual bronze plaques along existing trails and at points of significant local interest. The plaques will bear Her Majesty’s personal Royal Cypher. Information provided will include details about Royal connections to the Mountain Parks and Canada’s Commonwealth history in general. Potential routes for the Walkway are under development. The Walkway will be unveiled in September 2017 as part of events to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. 







Lieutenant Governor Mitchell is the Honourary Patron of the Banff Commonwealth Walkway project. Plans are currently being developed by a steering committee of representatives from the Banff-Canmore Community Foundation, Parks Canada, the Town of Banff, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the Banff Centre and Banff & Lake Louise Tourism. Bill Fisher, Chair of the Banff-Canmore Community Foundation will serve as committee chair. 


“Our local group will work in partnership on the project’s design, installation and interpretation. We are thrilled that Banff has been chosen to serve as a location for Canada’s Commonwealth Walkway and we are honoured to share our Royal and Commonwealth heritage with walkers from across the country and around the world,” said Fisher. 


The Banff Commonwealth Walkway has been endorsed by The Outdoor Trust, a UK based charity that is coordinating a network of Commonwealth Walkways in all 71 Nations and Territories. “It is brilliant of Canada to announce their Walkway on the occasion of Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday,” said Outdoor Trust Chairman Hugo Vickers. “This rightly recognizes Her Majesty’s 64-year reign as Queen of Canada, and honours the special place the country holds in Her Majesty’s heart.” 



Her Majesty's Royal Tours to Canada


  • 1951 - Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh undertook a coast-to-coast official tour of Canada.

  • 1957 - October 12 – 16, 1957: Tour of Ottawa and Hull; Her Majesty opened the 1st Session  of the 23rd Parliament.

  • 1959 - June 18 – August 1, 1959: 45 day Tour of Canada (all provinces and both territories included); Opening of St-Lawrence Seaway.

  • 1964 - October 5 – 13, 1964:  Charlottetown, Québec, Ottawa; Her Majesty attended commemoration of meetings at Charlottetown and Québec in 1964.

  • 1967 - June 29 – July 5, 1967:  Ottawa, Montréal; Her Majesty attended ceremonies relating to Canada’s Centennial and to visit Expo '67 in Montréal.

  • 1970 -July 5 – 15, 1970:  Her Majesty attended celebrations to mark the 100th Anniversary of Manitoba's entry into Confederation, visiting Churchill, Thompson, Gillan, Flin Flon, Norway House, Swan River, The Pas, Dauphin, Clear Lake, Brandon, Baily Farm, Portage la Prairie, Oakville, Winnipeg, Carman, Beauséjour and Lower Fort Garry. Her Majesty also toured the north to mark the Centennial of the N.W.T.

  • 1971 - May 3 – 12, 1971:  Her Majesty marked the Centenary Anniversary of B.C. into Confederation, visiting Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino, Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, William Lake and Comox.

  • 1973 - June 25- July 5, 1973: Her Majesty participated in events marking the R.C.M.P. centennial, the centennial of P.E.I. in Confederation and the tercentenary of Kingston, Ontario and also undertook an extended tour of Ontario. Her Majesty toured Toronto, Cobourg, Kingston, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, London, St. Catherines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Scarborough, Brampton, Malton, Ontario; Charlottetown, Summerside, Mount Carmel, P.E.I.; Regina, Saskatchewan; and Calgary, Alberta.

  • 1973 - July 31 – August 4, 1973:  Her Majesty toured Ottawa for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

  • 1976 - July 13 – 25, 1976: Her Majesty attended the XXI Olympic Games in Montreal and also toured Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

  • 1977 - October 14 – 19, 1977: Her Majesty toured Ottawa on the occasion of Silver Jubilee Year.

  • 1978 - July 26 – August 6, 1978:  Her Majesty attended the XI Commonwealth Games in Edmonton and also toured Alberta visiting Grande Prairie, Peace River, St. Paul, Vegreville, Fort Saskatchewan, Mundare, Chipman, Lamont and Bruderheim. Her Majesty’s tour also included St. John's, Deer Lake, Strawberry Hill, Corner Brook, Stephenville Airport, Newfoundland; and Regina, Yorkton, Fort Qu'Appelle, Balcarres, Melville, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.

  • 1982 - April 15 – 19, 1982: Her Majesty was in Ottawa on the occasion of the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982.

  • 1983 -March 8 – 11, 1983:  Her Majesty toured Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Vernon, Kamloops, New Westminster British Columbia at the end of Her American West Coast Tour.

  • 1984 - September 24 – October 7, 1984: Her Majesty toured Dieppe, Shediac, Moncton, Fredericton, Sackville and Riverview to participate in the Bicentennial of New Brunswick; toured Ottawa, Morrisburg, Cornwall, Prescott, Kingston, Amherstview, Windsor, Brantford and Sudbury to participate in the Bicentennial of Ontario; and also toured Winnipeg, Dauphin, Brandon and Dugald, Manitoba.

  • 1987 - October 9 - 24, 1987:  Her Majesty toured Vancouver, Victoria and Esquimalt, B.C; Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton, Canora, Veregin, Kamsack and Kindersley, Saskatchewan; Sillery, Cap Tourmente, Rivière-du-Loup and La Pocatière, Quebec.

  • 1990 -June 27 – July 1, 1990: Her Majesty toured Calgary and Red Deer, Alberta; Ottawa, Ontario.

  • 1992 - June 30 – July 2, 1992: Her Majesty was in Ottawa for the 125th anniversary of Confederation and the 40th anniversary of the Accession and Hull, Quebec at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

  • 1994 - August 13 – 22, 1994: Her Majesty toured Halifax, Sydney, Fortress of Louisbourg, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia;  Victoria, Prince George, BC; Yellowknife, Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit.

  • 1997 - June 23 – July 2, 1997:  Her Majesty visited Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario.

  • 2002 - October 4 – 15, 2002:  On the  occasion of The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Her Majesty toured  Iqaluit, Nunavut; Victoria and Vancouver, BC; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Toronto, Oakville, Hamilton, Ontario; Fredericton, Sussex, Moncton, New Brunswick;

  • 2005 - May 17 -25, 2005: Her Majesty toured Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Jasper, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Calgary, Alberta;  to celebrate the centennial of these provinces' entry into Confederation.

  • 2010 - June 28 – July 6, 2010: Her Majesty toured Halifax, Nova Scotia; Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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