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January 11, 2016 – CBC News. Story by Kyle Bakx. Workers at three mountain hot springs remain in limbo four years after Parks Canada announced it wanted to privatize the tourist attractions in Alberta and B.C. The initial announcement caused an uproar with local communities and First Nations, and protests and heated town hall meetings soon followed. Concerns include the impact  [ Read More ]

November 28, 2015. Banff, Alberta. On November 14th the AMPPE Fundraising Gala was held at The Fairmont Banff Springs with the theme of The Roaring Twenties in celebration of the birth of tourism in the Rockies. Thanks to the support of the community, the annual event was a smashing success. The red carpet was rolled  [ Read More ]

September 18, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. Dates have been announced for federal election all-candidates meetings taking place in the Banff-Airdrie riding and the candidates are preparing in various ways for those discussions. Three of four candidates have confirmed participation in a Canmore forum set for Tuesday, Sept. 29  [ Read More ]

September 16, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. Environmental advocacy groups launched Fight For Your Parks on Wednesday morning, a national campaign aimed at stopping the commercial development of Canada’s national parks, with a focus on Banff and Jasper. Groups involved in the campaign include Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society,  [ Read More ]

September 16, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Banff-Airdrie federal opposition candidates say they would limit commercial development in treasured national parks, or put stricter environmental regulations in place in the wake of a new report from a national conservation group that says national parks are in crisis. The report by the  [ Read More ]

September 3, 2015 – The Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. Brewster Travel Canada announced today work is set to begin this fall on enhancements to its flagship attraction, the Banff Gondola, with a $26 million redevelopment of its upper terminal building. “Generations of explorers have visited Banff National Park to discover all  [ Read More ]

September 8, 2015 – The Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. Luke Sunderland, vice president and COO of the Banff Centre, and Joe Bembridge, founder of Banff PRIDE, are the two candidates vying for the position of CRPS school board trustee for the Banff division. The position was left vacant after long-time  [ Read More ]

August 6, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. The controversial site development and use guidelines for the Lake Louise Ski Area were approved by Parks Canada on Saturday. Parks made the announcement quietly through a posting on its website. The approval means Lake Louise can begin the first stage of  [ Read More ]

August 13, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Wildlife advocates and conservationists are questioning Parks Canada’s $67 million investment to widen Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park, while cycling enthusiasts welcome the move. Parks Canada plans to widen the parkway, a 48-kilometre, scenic road paralleling the Trans-Canada Highway between Banff and  [ Read More ]

August 12, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. Luke Sunderland, Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer of the Banff Centre, is the first and only person so far to throw his hat in the ring to represent Banff as a trustee on the CRPS school board. A by-election will take place on  [ Read More ]

July 30, 2015 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. A cash infusion will help Banff National Park deal with much-needed trail maintenance, parking lot repairs and washroom upgrades in areas such as Johnston Canyon and Lake Minnewanka, as well as campground improvements at Tunnel Mountain. On Thursday, the federal government earmarked another $44.2 million in infrastructure funding,  [ Read More ]

July 22, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Parks Canada is replacing aging wildlife fencing along the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park to do a better job of keeping animals off the road and widening the Bow Valley Parkway to make it safer for cyclists and motorists. The federal government announced  [ Read More ]

July 9, 2015 – Metro News. Story by Robson Fletcher. Advocates for Alberta’s parks hope Albertans will return in greater numbers this summer after being conspicuously absent last year, according to annual surveys the province commissions. Just 28.4 per cent of Albertans reported visiting a provincial park or recreation area at least once in the  [ Read More ]

June 29, 2015 – Alberta Venture. Dave McKenna – President, Brewster Travel He’s the man behind some of the Rocky Mountain’s most celebrated destinations. Dave McKenna has been responsible for providing unforgettable tourism experiences including the Banff Gondola, the Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure, and the Banff Lake Cruise, to name a few. But arguably his  [ Read More ]

June 20, 2015 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. In 1981, the population of Calgary was less than 600,000 people, snowboarding wasn’t an Olympic sport and Calgary hadn’t yet hosted the Winter Games. It’s also the year mountaineer Charlie Locke purchased the Lake Louise Ski Resort, in the heart of Banff National Park. “In those days, there  [ Read More ]

June 17, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Business and user groups are voicing support for expansion plans for the Lake Louise ski area, while conservationists are worried about the ecological effects of more commercial development and increased skier capacity in Canada’s flagship national park. The former boss of Banff National Park  [ Read More ]

June 16, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Thank you for providing the new draft Site Guidelines for the future of the Lake Louise Ski Area that were released last week for public input. The Site Guidelines very adequately establish the scope and conditions for potential future development of the Lake Louise Ski Area,  [ Read More ]

February 01, 2015 – The Jasper Local. Story by Bob Covey. By most accounts, 2014 was a banner year for Alberta’s Rocky Mountain operators. Numbers were up across a variety of sectors including accommodations, restaurants, retail, ski day visits and tour operations, according to The Association for Mountain Parks Protection & Enjoyment (AMPPE). “2014 was  [ Read More ]

December 31, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Letter to the Editor. Dear Editor, On behalf of The Association for Mountain Parks Protection and Enjoyment (AMPPE), I feel compelled to respond to the article in the Rocky Mountain Outlook last week regarding Parks Canada’s Red Chair Program. AMPPE has received a multitude of positive feedback on  [ Read More ]

September 25, 2014 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. With summer officially over, early visitor numbers show that Banff National Park bounced back stronger than ever from last year’s historic flooding. Officials with Parks Canada said statistics until the end of July show a 15 per cent increase in the number of visitors through  [ Read More ]

September 23, 2014. BANFF, AB. – The Association for Mountain Parks Protection and Enjoyment (AMPPE) will welcome featured special guests The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Member of Parliament and Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and The Honourable Blake Richards, Member of Parliament and Chair of the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus, as co-presenters at their annual  [ Read More ]

THE ASSOCIATION FOR MOUNTAIN PARKS PROTECTION & ENJOYMENT IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE CASEY PEIRCE AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. September 15, 2014 – Banff, Alberta. The Association for Mountain Parks Protection & Enjoyment (AMPPE) has appointed Canmore’s Casey Peirce as its new full-time Executive Director. With over a decade of experience in business administration and leadership  [ Read More ]

May 06, 2014 – Brewster Travel Canada. Brewster Travel Canada (Brewster) is pleased to announce that David McKenna has been appointed President of the company. McKenna, former Vice President Hotels & Attractions, has been leading the Brewster team as Interim President since January 2014. McKenna will report to Paul Dykstra, Chairman, President and Chief Executive  [ Read More ]

April 17, 2014 – Alberta Primetime. Parks Canada will soon decide on a proposal for a new hotel facility at Maligne Lake in Jasper – and the proposal is decidedly polarizing; some insist that it would counter the falling visitation and allow visitors to get closer to nature, while others say it would simply damage  [ Read More ]

April 2, 2014. It was a classic photo finish. In a breathless and closely matched cross-country ski challenge, Banff National Park Superintendent Dave McDonough and Karen Sorensen, Mayor of Banff, crossed the line at exactly the same time on March 29 at the newly-opened Tunnel Mountain trails. “That was fun,” said Mayor Sorensen, “I would  [ Read More ]

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