His Royal Highness Prince Edward presented the first marker for the Canadian Commonwealth Walkway to Her Honor Lois Mitchell, Lt Governor for Alberta in June 2016.
On the 17 September, 2017 the Banff Commonwealth Walkway was officially opened in a ceremony hosted by the Lieutenant Governor and attended by her guest of honour the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. The Walkway includes bilingual bronze markers bearing the Queen's personal Royal Cypher and an interpretive panel which guests at the ceremony enjoyed exploring. The Banff Commonwealth Walkway is a gift from the people of Canada to Her Royal Majesty in celebration of her 90th birthday in 2016.
“Her Majesty has created a legacy of service that is woven into the very fabric of Canadian society. This project is a way for Alberta to honour our beloved Queen of Canada and celebrate our country’s Commonwealth connections, all while encouraging people to get up and be active in Banff’s inspiring surroundings.”
Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
The Trust drafted a potential route in Banff, which has since been developed and refined by ex Park Superintendent Bill Fisher in partnership with the local community.
The original draft, showing 13 points of significance connected a 10km Walkway. A local team then developed this into 4 separate routes, radiating from the panel in the centre of town.
The four fingers include: the Red route (5km and 9 points of significance following the Cave and basin route to Sundance Canyon); the Blue route (6km and 12 points of significance following the Bow River and lakes); the Yellow route (3km and 8 points of significance linked to the Banff Springs Hotel and Upper Springs); and the Green route (4km and 9 points of significance connecting to the top of Tunnel Mountain).