The Dorothy Collection

If these mountains could talk…

Our rooms contain original artwork by Jason Thompson that tells the stories of the many pioneering mountain women of Canada. Taking inspiration from Dorothy Carleton, these true tales show how strong women made homes in the backcountry and lived a life of wilderness adventure. Please scroll down to meet some of the Rockies’ prominent trailblazers.

Today’s adventurers owe credit to women of the past who blazed the trail before them. Not only did this open up new opportunities for women by breaking gender stereotypes, in some cases women were literally creating the trails for others to follow – men and women alike.

These stories show a small snippit of the great women pioneers of the Canadian Rockies. Find a trail to hike, a mountain to climb, a lake to canoe, a view to appreciate. Experience the mountains, take a photo, write in your journal, feel the magic of Banff National Park. You too can be inspired by your time in the Canadian Rockies.

Dorothy Collection in full

There are seven pieces of art in total all hung above the beds in every room. You will find the themes of hiking, climbing, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, camping and art.