About the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide

Author Brian Patton stands in front of the original Banff Book & Art Den, 1968.

Author Brian Patton stands in front of the original Banff Book & Art Den, 1968.

The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide  is published by Summerthought Publishing. Based in Banff, Canada, since 1971, Summerthought is a family-run, independent publisher committed to producing Canadian Rockies non-fiction books.

The story of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide starts in 1965, when Peter and Barbara Steiner opened the Banff Book & Art Den, Banff’s first bookstore. Five years later, when bookstore employees Brian Patton and Bart Robinson set out to compile the first comprehensive hiking book to the Canadian Rockies, Peter Steiner and bookstore manager Jon Whyte agreed to form a company that would publish the guidebook and, perhaps, other books about the Canadian Rockies. Since summer was the only busy season in those days, most business ideas were hatched during winter, hence “Summerthought” as the name for their publishing company.

In 2006, the Steiner family sold Summerthought to Andrew and Dianne Hempstead, who have kept the time-honoured spirit of independent book publishing alive by increasing the title list to around 25 books in print, including the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, which as of 2017 has now sold over 270,000 copies.

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About the Authors

Brian Patton

Brian PattonFor the past 45 years, Brian Patton has interpreted the natural and human history of the Canadian Rockies in books, on film and through presentations. His books include the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, 50 Walks and Hikes in Banff National Park, Parkways of the Canadian Rockies, Tales from the Canadian Rockies, Mountain Chronicles: Jon Whyte and Bear Tales from the Canadian Rockies. He continues to work on a variety projects from his home in Invermere, British Columbia.

Bart Robinson

Bart RobinsonFollowing the publication of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, of which he co-authored, Bart Robinson authored several other books on the Canadian Rockies: Banff Springs: The Story of a Hotel, Columbia Icefield: A Solitude of Ice and Great Days in the Rockies: The Photographs of Byron Harmon. Subsequently, he has enjoyed a long career as a journalist, editor, and conservationist. He currently lives in Canmore, Alberta.