Canada House: New Owners and Classic Art
By Kate Barker

Canada House Gallery by Whitney Arnott

In 1974, Marika and Peter McCaffery opened Canada House Gallery in downtown Banff. They had a vision to showcase the very best of contemporary Canadian art. The gallery became an iconic stop in the Canadian Rockies, known for its high-end art and casual, accepting atmosphere. Barbara Pelham, daughter of Marika and Peter, grew up in this gallery, surrounded by fine works of Canadian artists. Throughout her childhood, she formed close relationships with these artists, which helped when she became an owner of the business. She and her husband officially took over the gallery in the year 2000. They continued to run the iconic business until early fall 2018.

Even though Canada House changed hands, the dedicated staff remained with the gallery. New owner Tien Huang also grew up in a family art gallery. Pehlam said, “It feels right for Canada House, and all its fantastic artists, to launch into the next generation with a continuation of family business.” Tien now owns galleries in Vancouver, Toronto and Seattle. Pelham also said, “We’re really thrilled that somebody with a great reputation and qualifications is the one to take Canada House to that next generation.” The gallery is committed to carrying on the legacy of showcasing contemporary Canadian and Inuit art.

Canada House Gallery in Banff promises truly Canadian paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more. They look forward to this next chapter in their story. Read more about Canada House Gallery here.

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