banff mural

Alberta artist Tim Nokes was commissioned to paint a new mural on a wall in Banff to mark the town's role in creating the national parks system. (Parks Canada)

A colourful new mural is being painted on a wall along Banff Avenue to celebrate the town’s importance as the birthplace of Canada’s national parks.

Parks Canada commissioned Alberta artist Tim Nokes to create the new piece of public art, which he is painting onto the side of the Bear and Butterfly building next to the town square on Tuesday.

“His aesthetic is sensitive to the mountain culture and heritage of Banff National Park and is reminiscent of early CPR commercial art work,” said Parks Canada spokeswoman Michelle Macullo in a release.

Nokes has previously been commissioned by Parks Canada to design Canada Post stamps to mark the 100th anniversary of the parks.