Sundance Canyon has eroded down a soft layer of rock. Large boulders have been toppled into the stream by undercutting the action of the water and creating a series of cascades. A large river once flowed through the Canyon but recent glacial action has diverted the upper drainage into the Spray River system.In 1901, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) explored Banff as part of their tour of Canada which included a visit to the Canyon. The royal party included four Sikh body guards from northern India. In 1901 both Canada and India were part of the British Empire. Today they are members of the Commonwealth along with 50 other countries. Four Sikh body guards from northern India. George Paris photograph. Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, V484 NG5-46
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