Todd Nakamura

Todd Nakamura

(403) 688-1162

My family connection with Alberta began in 1889, when my grandfather, after being employed with the Canadian Pacific Railway, helped  open one of the first general stores in Canmore Alberta.

While I come from an Asian heritage, I was regaled with stories of colorful characters like Guy Weddick, Pat Burns and pioneers like “Western Slim” and John Ware, as I was growing up.

My earliest recollection as a small child was wearing a big white stetson, sitting in my baby buggy in downtown Calgary and watching the horses of the Stampede Parade.

Later in life, immersing myself in the western lifestyle, I rode bulls with the Foothills Cowboy Association up and down the Cowboy trail.

After deciding that, “I break and no longer bounce”, I turned my attention to horses.

I started writing poetry to entertain guests while working as a wrangler for Holiday on Horseback in Banff, and have continued during my tenure with Rafter 6 Ranch in Kananaskis country.

The stories of the poetry that I weave are a combination of Alberta history, humor and the odd tall tail.

In addition to writing I spend the off season tooling leather and building western style Vaquero saddles.