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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 ]

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 ]

February 27, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. A small section of the Bow Valley Parkway will be legally off limits to people overnight from March 1 to June 25 in a bid to give wildlife like grizzly bears and wolves undisturbed space and security during critical springtime. Parks Canada is implementing  [ Read More ]

February 06, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Banff’s best-known cowboy, Ron Warner, has sold his large-scale outfitting and guiding operation after more than 50 years of business to Banff Lake Louise Tourism president and CEO Julie Canning. Canning resigned from her position after more than a decade as Banff’s top tourism  [ Read More ]

January 28, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. From ski patroller and bartender to interim president of Brewster Travel Canada, Banff’s Dave McKenna has come a long way. McKenna is taking over the reigns from Michael Hannan, former president of Brewster and the Viad Travel & Recreation Group, who recently resigned from  [ Read More ]

October 03, 2013 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. Parks Canada’s Advisory Development Board (ADB) unanimously recommended the federal agency approve a proposed brand new Goat’s Eye Day Lodge at Sunshine Village. The proposed three-storey, 3,300-cubic-metre lodge will replace several ATCO trailers and a spring tent that have been on site since 2007.  [ Read More ]

September 13, 2013 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Some backcountry areas of Jasper National Park will be off limits to people for a portion of each winter in a bid to save declining populations of caribou. Parks Canada has announced there will be “delayed winter access” to important habitat in three areas  [ Read More ]

August 12, 2013 – The Globe and Mail. Story by Ian Brown. Imagine a walled city in Game of Thrones, minus the severed penises and the dwarves, whose inhabitants struggle incessantly over who should be king, all the while trying to keep their enemies alive, because the battle is the ideal they really believe in.  [ Read More ]

July 31, 2013 – The Hinton Parklander. Story by Eric Plummer.  In the interest of protecting caribou habitat, nearly one quarter of Jasper National Park will be closed in the winter to backcountry explorers. The decision was announced July 26 by Parks Canada, affecting four areas of the national park that comprise more than 2,500  [ Read More ]

July 18, 2013 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Parks Canada has come under fire from a national conservation organization for what it sees as a dangerously increasing trend towards commercial development in Banff and Jasper national parks. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) released its fifth annual report Monday (July 15)  [ Read More ]

April. 22, 2013 – Calgary Herald Editorial Staff. Just think of the benefits: No puzzling over which tent pole goes where, no snapping at the kids as your half- erected shelter tips perilously sideways, no embarrassment as it collapses in the middle of the rainy night. Parks Canada deserves kudos for its proposal to erect  [ Read More ]

  Photograph by Parks Canada, Handout. Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. April 16 2013.  Parks Canada bringing oTENTik to Banff and Kootenay by July. Think you might enjoy camping but prefer the comforts of home too much to live out of a tent for the weekend? Parks Canada has another option for you. Twenty oTENTik  [ Read More ]

Story by CBC Jasper National Park plans to ban backcountry skiing in high elevation areas from Nov. 1 to March 1 in an effort to protect woodland caribou from predators. Caribou are a threatened species. The animals move to higher elevations in the winter and the restrictions are necessary to protect them, according to John  [ Read More ]

Photo: Woodland caribou in Jasper National Park (Supplied , Alberta Wilderness Association) Story by Alexandra Zabjek, Edmonton Journal March 2, 2013 – EDMONTON – A plan to close vast swaths of Jasper National Park in hopes of preserving winter caribou habitat is meeting resistance from backcountry skiers, who say the proposal is being rushed through  [ Read More ]

Cathy Ellis, Rocky Mountain Outlook. January 17, 2013 Cross-country ski enthusiasts are setting tracks to open up new ski trails near the Banff townsite, including at Tunnel Mountain Campground. The Town of Banff, Parks Canada and the Association for Mountain Parks Protection and Enjoyment (AMPPE) are in talks on proposed new trails – but officials  [ Read More ]

(Photo by Canadian Press) Calgary Metro News, Jan. 9, 2013 – Story by Robson Fletcher. Parks Canada’s plan to privatize its hot springs continues to be controversial in Alberta’s mountain parks, particularly Jasper. The union representing hot springs workers expected 100 people to attend a meeting in Jasper Wednesday night on the privatization of the park’s  [ Read More ]

By Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald December 1, 2012 Mount Norquay will give up 40 per cent of its lease and bring in mitigation plans for traffic and wildlife in exchange for summer use at the historic ski resort in Banff National Park, according to its draft long-range plan. The plan, released Thursday at a public  [ Read More ]

Calgary Herald –  Story by Colette Derworiz – November 10, 2012 From playing baseball with a dead pigeon, trying to ride a deer in the Banff townsite and luring a grizzly bear with meat from a tour bus, visitors have been rough on wildlife in the national parks over the past year. But a planning  [ Read More ]

Rocky Mountain Outlook – Story by Cathy Ellis – September 27, 2012 Traffic jams and parking chaos caused by thousands of hikers wanting to admire golden larch trees near Moraine Lake have re-ignited calls for cash-strapped Parks Canada to fund public transportation to tourism hotspots in Banff National Park. Mounties and park law enforcement staff  [ Read More ]

Rocky Mountain Outlook – Story by Cathy Ellis – September 20, 2012 Parks Canada is trying to get word out to hikers about alternatives in the Lake Louise area for viewing spectacular larch trees turning colour in a bid to avoid chaos experienced at Moraine Lake last year. Parks is also working with the RCMP  [ Read More ]

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