Conrad Kain Park Opening and Cairn Ceremony

July  11, 2009  Park Gate and Cairn Unveiling Ceremony

We’ve got a fun-filled afternoon and evening of community-minded events in motion for this, our consummate centennial celebration.

Arrival of "Conrad Kain" on Horse Back 3 p.m. CKCS member and guide/outfitter Bill Dubois will lead a string of horses through the streets of Wilmer. Actor Phillip Nugent, depicting Conrad Kain, and Laurie Schwartz, depicting Elizabeth Parker (Parker was one of the founding members of the Alpine Club of Canada) will be astride the horses.

Bugaboos For Teens

A mixed group of teens from the East Kootenay, made up of 12 hikers, and six climbers, are in the process of being invited to join several members of the CKCS, the ACC, and CMH for an outing to the Conrad Kain Hut in the Bugaboos.

Our aim is to provide professionally guided access to this magnificent landscape for youth who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. We are confident that it will help develop in them a firsthand appreciation for nature and in so doing, discover something about themselves.

Conrad Kain Cairn

During his many landmark ascents, Conrad Kain took time to build his trademark summit cairns, some of which can be seen to this day from vantage points in Canada’s Rockies and Purcells and New Zealand’s Alps. Part of that tradition of cairn-building came from his many years of employment with the Geographical Survey of Canada and A.O. Wheeler, pioneer surveyor and co-founder of the Alpine Club of Canada.

Conrad Kain Painting Raffle April 24-July 11, 2009

Artist Pat Bavin (also a CKCS member) has created a lovely Kain-theme painting "Local Ascent, Conrad Kain" and donated it to the Society as a fundraiser. The 28" x 22" acrylic collage on canvas combines a portrait of Kain with three of the most technical peaks he made first ascents of: Farnham Tower and Bugaboo Spire in the Purcells and Mt Louis in the Rockies.

Kain Tea and Book Launch at Windermere Valley Museum

The Windermere Valley Museum hosted a tea with a Theme cake served in honour of Conrad Kain on June 6, with guest speaker Arnor Larson sharing Kain anecdotes with upwards of 100 people curious about Kain and life in the valley during his time.

Most of the displays in the main building have been dedicated to "Kain and Mountaineering in the Valley". There are some climbing artifacts on display as well as many photos. The Display will continue until Mid-September.