On Saturday, August 10th, the family and I went to Banff for a day trip. It was a beautiful day after a morning of misty rain. We had ventured off the main street as it was getting quite crowded. As we walked along Beaver Street, we noticed a sign pointing to a museum. Why not? we said.
We dropped in to a small home not knowing what to expect. It turns out this small home was a historic home owned by the Luxton family, who also owned two hotels including the Mount Royal hotel. The house was built in 1905 and features a solid-wood interior with numerous heads of stuffed wildlife.
I was particularly impressed with the stuffed head of a wolverine. Even the dead head is startling in its appearance, and much larger than I thought a wolverine would be. If you opened the door to the home in the dark and this head was the first thing you saw, you’d probably jump back. I can see why a wolverine would give a bear a run for its money when protecting a carcass. I found it incredible that Mr Luxton killed the animal himself and also did all the taxidermy for the numerous heads mounted on the walls. A bit of a tip: don’t touch the heads, as supposedly he used cyanide to preserve them.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the wolverine head, or of the numerous other heads mounted on the walls. However, you can visit the house yourself. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The house is located on 206 Beaver Street, and there’s a website with all the info: https://www.luxtonfoundation.org/museum/the-luxton-home.html