Exploring the Art of the Canadian Rockies is a series of art-based hiking guide books that show you how to visit the actual spots that have inspired so much of Canada's art history. From the early days of the Canadian railway system, when artists were hired to depict the scenery and encourage tourism and settlement, to more recent times. 

 Follow in the footsteps of some of Canada's greatest artists and Explore the Art  of the Canadian Rockies. 



Book Talk at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery

Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, 4525 47a Red Deer, Alberta

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Book Talk at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery

Join me for a talk on the art and life of one of Canada's finest printmakers and watercolourists, Walter J Phillips, and his work in the Can...

Event Details

Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, 4525 47a Red Deer, Alberta

How to Explore the Art of the Canadian Rockies



Fourth in the series of highly-acclaimed and award-winning books describing trail access to the actual spots where Canadian artists have sat to paint. Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies explores the work of printmaker and watercolourist Walter J Phillips in and around the Town of Canmore as well as magnificent locations in Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks. 67 hikes are illustrated with his most iconic mountain works, and described with trail information and quotes from the artist as well as Christensen's evocative and lyrical words.  

Released August 2019 and a Calgary #1 Best-Seller.

Guided Hikes

Author, hiker, and art historian Lisa Christensen is available to deliver exclusive guided hikes, tours or talks about the art history of the Canadian Rockies. Specializing in Lawren Harris, JEH MacDonald, AY Jackson, Arthur Lismer and Walter J Phillips's work in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, Lisa will take you or your group to the spots that inspired their work. 

Roadside Tours

Not interesting in hiking? Neither were some artists! Numerous Canadian masterpieces are easily accessed from roadside vistas. Plan your tour by bus or car.


Want to learn about the art history of the Canadian Rockies? Lisa is available to speak to your group about various aspects of the art history of the Canadian Rockies, focusing on Walter J Phillips and other prominent Canadian painters including The Group of Seven. Having researched their lives and works for over 30 years, Christensen is the  authority on the art of the Canadian Rockies and will share with you tales of the adventures each artist had while exploring the mountains of our western wilderness to paint. Lectures can be tailored to meet your needs or to focus on the artists you are interested in.

Hike of the Month - coming in 2020

Sign up for a monthly hike. All hiking locations are in the Canadian Rockies in either Alberta or British Columbia. I'll give you basic directions, tell you a bit about the place, more about the art and even more about the artist. You put on your boots, get your maps and guide books, pack a lunch and go!

Special Projects

Lisa has contributed as an art historian and guide to three films, including: Great Lodges of the Canadian Rockies, The Canadian Rockies, and Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris produced by White Pine Pictures. 

About the Books


A Hiker's Guide to Art of the Canadian Rockies

Winner of 6 Literary Awards including:

The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize, the Writer's Guild of Alberta's Best First Book, the Banff Mountain Book Festival's Banff National Park Award, the Canadian Museums Association's Award for Outstanding Publication, and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta's Book Design and Trade Title of the Year awards. This book explores the art history of the Canadian Rockies broadly, from the early days of the railway school painters until the mid 1960s.

Currently out-of-print. Contact the publisher to place backorders.


The Lake O'Hara Art of JEH MacDonald and Hiker's Guide

Explores the famous region of Lake O'Hara, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, through the eyes of Group of Seven painter James Edward Hervey (JEH) MacDonald. After he discovered this region of the Canadian Rockies, MacDonald abandoned the east as his sketching ground and chose only to paint at Lake O'Hara.


A Hiker's Guide to the Rocky Mountain Art of Lawren Harris

Explores the magnificent work of Canada's pre-eminent painter and founder of the Group of Seven, Lawren Stewart Harris. Harris painted in the Rockies from 1924 - 1929, creating works that are now regarded as some of Canada's finest masterpieces. From Lake Louise to Yoho, Jasper to Mount Robson, Harris's serene paintings lead hikers into the sublime.

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Exploring the Art of the Canadian Rockies