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Terry Gainer

Terry Gainer’s family arrived in Banff in 1948 when his father, Frank Gainer, was transferred there as station agent. From their arrival until 1955 the family lived in the residence atop the station itself. During these years, Terry explored every nook and cranny of the station and the surrounding grounds. From 1957 he worked summer jobs there, initially as a porter in the baggage room and then as a redcap through the summer of 1962, the bonanza year of the Seattle World’s Fair and the opening of the Trans Canada Highway but unfortunately the beginning of the end of train travel to Banff. Largely influenced by his upbringing, Terry has enjoyed a career that has been an amazing fifty-year adventure in tourism, and he has been privileged to work for outstanding leaders in the industry in a variety of iconic destinations including Yosemite Park & Curry Company (Yosemite, California), Brewster Inc. (Banff, Alberta), Rocky Mountaineer (Vancouver, BC), Canadian Tourism Commission (Ottawa, Ontario), and Montana Rockies Rail Tours (Sandpoint, Idaho). Terry Gainer retired in 2005 but he has stayed involved in the industry as a marketing consultant, currently under contract with The Crossing Resort, near Lake Louise, Alberta. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia.