Major projects

Celebrating 100 years in Western Canada is a big deal. Here are two of the major projects and involve many supporters with Swiss-Canadian connections.

Swiss Guides in the Canadian Rockies-Beyond Adventure

In 2010, the Swiss Mountain Guides Exhibit was created. Film director Josias Tschanz, together with mountaineering experts and special guest speakers, has created a documentary to showcase the history of the guides. This new documentary has now drawn interest from around the world!

UPDATE: We have launched the film with premieres in Vancouver, British Columbia and Banff, Alberta. We were very happy to see that theatres were filled to capacity with eager movie goers. Joining us at the launches were some of those interviewees featured in the film: Kolani Bezzola (Mountain Guide), Brett Oland (Director of the Whyte Msueum), Colleen Palumbo (Golden Archives and Museums), Susan Engler Potts (daughter of Bruno Engler), Associate Minister Dave Rodney (Gov’t of Alberta), Josias Tschanz (Director, Counting Ants Productions).

Swiss Immigration to Canada Book

Never before has the history of Swiss Immigration to Canada been brought together with interesting stories, facts and photos. Ilona Shulman Spaar (PhD) is has written a book called Swiss Immigration to Canada: Achievement, Testimonies, Relations.

UPDATE: Many people joined us at the Book Launch in Vancouver in November, 2013 to discover the book. Here’s what they are saying:
“…I found the book most fascinating. It is conscientiously researched, written and pleasantly presented…”
“…The book is superb, the contents interesting and informative…”
“…My wife and I are thoroughly enjoying the book which is beautifully written and elegantly presented…”
“…I was surprised about the wide scope of your book and the balanced way with which you presented the national and regional dimensions of our immigration history…”

Swiss Immigration to Canada will be available for all to enjoy and buy at the beginning of December, 2013 on

8 responses to “Projects

  1. Hi
    Nice to find your website. We have migrated here to Vancouver at the ripe (young) age of early fifties with 3 of our 5 children. Hannes is from Zurich ( migrated to Australia 30 years ago. I am from Perth. We have come here to set up a program called Soulkitchen which we founded in Perth. Good land. Vancouver is a great city!
    All the best for your year Swiss100Canada and LIKE+++MINDED!

    • Thanks for post and the well wishes! Would you please re-post to our facebook page? If you do, I will be able to enter you into our Swiss-Canadian connection contest.

  2. hallo
    I,m Ric fischer and been in Victoria about 16 years.
    I have to add on to the comment From hannes. He is from Dietikon , where I went to school with him. But we lost contact after school, and i just found out that he is in vancouver.
    Its wonderfull to be here in Bc us a Swiss great people here.

  3. My family moved from the Canton Graubunden in 1936. My Grandmother, Grandmother and three young boys settled in the Bulkley Valley, near Smithers. My family’s departure in 1936 ended the existence of the Tugnum family name in Switzerland. We all live in Canada now, with one in Newfoundland, one in Ontario and all the rest in BC. This a great way to stay connected to our roots in Switzerland.

  4. We moved to Terrace just 4 years ago to be close to our grandchild (now grandchildren). I left Switzerland in 1963 from Bern. Never lived anywhere in Switzerland long enough to grow real roots as my father worked for the Festungswache. Born in Bern, moved to Thun, then to Bex, then to Vallorbe, then to Andermatt, and finally to Ittigen near Bern.
    Emigrated to Canada on Cunard Line’s Carmania from Le Havre to Montreal, and from there by bus to Fort Nelson on the Alaska Highway (still a crooked gravel road then).
    Married my highschool pen pal Sue in Fort Nelson 1964. Kept up the nomadic life, moving from Fort Nelson to McLeod Lake north of Prince George, to Rosedale near Chilliwack and from there back up north to Fort Simpson NWT. Over to the Yukon, Dawson City and later Whitehorse, before heading south again to Rossland. Retired five years ago.
    In retirement I’m doing a bit of writing and above all I enjoy playing Grandpa.

  5. Alot of interesting people from switzerland, wow. I moved to Vancouver three years with my family. Canada, is interesting but we had to learn somany new things. I work with new immigrants and have been active in the industry. Thanks for providing this forum, it can help alot of newcomers.

  6. Smithers, as you will know, is an extremely popular area for Swiss Immigrants. It has been like that since the early 1900’s. This year is the 100 Anniversary of Smithers, as an village/town. Maybe you have some interest in that area, given this big event and the Swiss connection.

  7. Grüezi! I’m a Swiss-brazilian citizen planning to immigrate to Canada in the near future. I hope to meet you all in person one day!

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