Who on earth are Hidy & Howdy and why should you care?

Cartoon of Hidy and Howdy

Back in 1988, two cute and cuddly polar bears decked out in western wear ushered in Calgary’s Winter Olympics. The unlikely couple were the first twin mascots in Olympic Games history—with Hidy going for gold as the first female mascot. Calgary artist Sheila Scott chose polar bears knowing they would appeal to children and understanding […]

Read More

Reintroduced to Banff National Park this week, buffalo were vital to Indigenous people for thousands of years

Image of an old postcard featuring Buffalo in Banff National Park

Buffalo, important to Indigenous culture and lifestyle, once covered the Plains and were just recently reintroduced to Banff National Park. Indigenous people depended on buffalo for food, clothing, shelter, and tools such as leather cording, containers and even shields. One adult male buffalo could provide as much as 1,000 pounds of meat. Buffalo hunts were […]

Read More

Youth Read Week Ten

Image of teens wearing sneakers

Please note: To use a badge code, click on “Earn Badges” at the top of the page, then “Claim a Badge” at the top right. It will give you a text box for the code and all you have to do is type it in and hit “Claim”. Make sure you log in before you […]

Read More

Youth Read Week Nine

Image of teens wearing sneakers

Please note: To use a badge code, click on “Earn Badges” at the top of the page, then “Claim a Badge” at the top right. It will give you a text box for the code and all you have to do is type it in and hit “Claim”. Make sure you log in before you […]

Read More