ISBN 0-9731066-0-3 (10 digit)

ISBN 978-0-9731066-0-2 (13 digit)

Publication Date 2002


Pages 242

Size (mm) 139.7 x 215.9 x 15

Price $19.95

Walter was born in 1883 in Welling, Kent, England, the second youngest of nine children. He arrived in Banff in 1902 following in the footsteps of his older brother Bill, who came to Canada in 1887, and after whom Peyto Lake is named. Another older brother, Stephen and his family, lived in the Anthracite area just east of Banff for many years.

Walter started working in the Banff area by assisting Bill with his guiding and packhorse business. For two summers, Walter ran the first tourist saddle horse business for the CPR up to the Sulphur Mountain Observatory.

Walter was appointed District One Fire and Game Warden in 1914. The warden for this district operated out of Banff. Walter worked for the Warden Service for 34 continuous years before retiring in 1948. Walter and his wife Rosabelle (nee Hay) raised their family of four sons and two daughters in their home which was located at 433 Banff Avenue.

Journal entries

February 2, 1921 – to Healy Lodge with Bill Peyto’s outfit to catch porcupine and lynx for Zoo.

April 21, 1921 – at Zoo with Warren to move coyotes, got bitten on side of head by small one, went to hospital and got wound cauterized, then moved coyotes.

May 4, 1921 – at Zoo helping catch grizzly bear to get tooth out.

Photos – left (Peyto family home at 433 Banff Avenue) and right (Walter and Rosabelle Peyto’s children at the Banff Zoo).