Gander's Taxidermy has evolved from a one man and women operation working out of a garage in a residential area in 1964 to the current thriving business at the present location since 1966.
Eric Gander, a gifted woodcarver, sculptor and art school graduate from Switzerland immigrated to Canada along with his wife Lora in 1957. After trying his hand at many occupations, he discovered taxidermy. It was a profession that allowed him to express his art and put to good use his sculpting ability and knowledge of animal anatomy. In addition to the artwork, as an avid outdoorsman and legendary storyteller, it allowed him to be around some amazing characters always willing to share their experiences.
Lora has been there since day one and she not only sewed all of the rugs for 40 years but also helped out in any way possible to ensure the business would succeed. She still lives in the house attached to the shop and cooks lunches for the boys everyday.
Sadly Eric passed away in 2005 and has been missed terribly by his family, friends and all that knew him. Since then, Rick and Robert have taken over all aspects of the business. They continue to improve the business to this day, constantly changing and keeping pace with the modern procedures, materials and techniques.