The Wild West Poetry Festival explores Canada in celebration of Canada's 150th (plus) Birthday.
One such explorer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, wrote a poem that is really a love letter to Canada on June 18, 1914, in Jasper National Park. Here is an excerpt from On the Athabaska Trail:
The mighty voice of Canada will ever call to me. I shall hear the roar of rivers where the rapids foam and tear, I shall smell the virgin upland with its balsam-laden air, and shall dream that I am riding down the winding woody vale, With the packer and the packhorse on the Athabaska Trail.
The mighty primal voice of Canada has called 20 poets/musicians 103 years later to rediscover its wilderness heart. Canada beckons with its beauteous mysteries, untamed horizons, mountain peak curiosities, and its willingness to give writers of adventure unforgettable stories.