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About the Project

The Walk with Wally self-guided walking tour was born out of a community's desire to commemorate the life and legacy of a special friend; a majestic bull elk that roamed the streets and hearts of Cougar Creek in Canmore, Alberta, Canada.  We called him Wally, but he was known to many by different names: Marvin, Uncle Buck, Wilber, Boris, and more. 


This incredible mountain town is often blessed to witness wildlife in it's backyard --literally! The result (and responsibility) of living, working, and playing in a wilderness town.  But this story is different.  It is the story of a four-legged who wrapped an invisible web of connection around members in a community.  For over 6 years, he ventured into streets, parks, yards, and windows, curiously navigating our humanness.

As part of a Town of Canmore Public Art Initiative, Building Neighbours Builds Community, artist Peig Abbott teamed up with members from the neighbourhood of Cougar Creek to capture the creative essence of what made their neighbourhood special.  The result is Walk with Wally, a celebration of community spirit and connection. 


As you meander your way through the community using the self-guided walking tour, you will delight in hearing diverse voices from the community, and viewing the life of Wally through their lens.  You, too, will soon understand this heartbeat.


It is in deep gratitude we live, work and play on the land of the Treaty 7 People – the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations (Chiniki, Bearspaw, Wesley), and the Métis Nation (Region 3). We are committed to walking in the spirit of reconciliation.