Banff Jigsaw Puzzle

D·O·W·D·L·E Dowdle Jigsaw Puzzle - Banff - 500 piece puzzles

Brand: Dowdle Folk Art

Title: Banff

Artist: Eric Dowdle

Pieces: 500

Size: 16" x 20"


Overall Experience:  Great

Cut Quality:    Great

Board Quality: Great

Shape Cut: Random

Image Quality: Great

Hardest Area: Fairmont Hotel

Puzzle Dust? none

Finish Quality: Smooth 

Box Quality: Solid box with coverage

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: no

Was this purchased new? no

Price: $1.00

Recommend Level: High

Time: 3 hours


I did my usual sorting routine.

  1. Sorting to locate all  the outside border pieces, while....
  2. Placing the pieces into the 'general-color' piles. 
  3. Then I carried on with a second round of sorting (similar colors sorted by shades/patterns) while placing the pieces flat out on the poster boards. 

I like the size of this jigsaw puzzle. It's 16"x24" which leaves room for pieces around the outside yet still on the 20"x30" foam board as shown below. I started with the brightest, bluest areas in the water first which helped distinguish the boat-dock. I went straight up to the mountains as they were fairly easy to see. The next areas were buildings with lots of window and I left the trees for last. The Fairmont Hotel was the most trickiest of all areas. 


I have been to Banff on more than one occasion and this Dowdle image has captured a beautiful scene of the place. It appears you can see all these areas in his image but in fact when you are there you do need transportation to get to these locations. He has taken the highlights of the area and combined them into one image.

The following photos shares the distance between the tourists areas high up on the surrounding mountains and then the waters, with tourist areas between the mountains. Of course we took many breathtaking photos but these give the general idea of distance between one tourist area to another.

I do highly recommend doing Dowdle Folk Art jigsaw puzzles. I have yet to find any deficiencies - not even a missing piece on the Thrift Store purchases I have found.  I purchased this one for $1.00 and it is the 2nd Dowdle jigsaw puzzle I have found where the topic is so close to my home.


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