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September 20, 2016 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. BANFF — Some members of a federal environment committee are in Banff and Jasper this week on a fact-finding mission to learn what works — and what doesn’t work — in Canada’s national parks. From Monday to Wednesday, the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development is holding private meetings with  [ Read More ]

July 28, 2016 – The Crag and Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. A Rocky Mountain tourism stakeholder association is challenging assertions made in recent weeks by environmental groups that too much development is occurring within national mountain parks to the detriment of nature conservation. The Association for Mountain Parks Protection and Enjoyment, a member-based non-profit  [ Read More ]

July 21, 2016 – The Rocky Mountain Outlook – Casey Peirce, AMPPE. Finding the appropriate balance between use and conservation is the key to successfully sustaining Canada’s National Parks. The recent unjustified criticism of the management of Canada’s National Parks by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) environmental group begs the question:  what is  [ Read More ]

July 20, 2016 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke. The federal NDP is the latest group to criticize a $65.9-million proposal to build a paved multi-use trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefield. On July 13, NDP national parks critic Wayne Stetski called on the federal government to release the full details of the  [ Read More ]

July 14, 2016 – The Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is calling on Parks Canada to put a stronger focus on nature and the environment in national parks and less on development and increasing visitation, particularly in Banff and Jasper national parks. In its recently released annual  [ Read More ]

July 14, 2016 – The Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. A $65.9 million paved trail along Icefields Parkway from the Jasper townsite to the Columbia Icefields is drawing mixed reaction. Several conservation groups are voicing concern about Parks Canada’s plan to build a 107-kilometre trail to connect several tourist attractions, trails and accommodations  [ Read More ]

July 12, 2016 – Casey Peirce, AMPPE. First and foremost, we need to remember that Parks are for the people. Canadians and visitors from all over the world come to experience what Canada has to offer and a big part of that is a natural, wild, eco-friendly experience. Which is exactly what we as a  [ Read More ]

July 6, 2016 – Jasper Fitzhugh. The recent announcement of federal funding dedicated toward the creation of a trail between the town of Jasper and the Columbia Icefields (possibly to Lake Louise) has brought quite a bit of excitement to our mountain community. So far the response has been incredibly positive, indicating that there is definitely  [ Read More ]

June 21, 2016 – Banff, Alberta – The Association for Mountain Parks Protection and Enjoyment (AMPPE) is pleased to announce Stuart Back as the new Brewster Travel Canada representative for the AMPPE Board of Directors. Stuart replaces Brewster President David McKenna after hislong standing service comes to a close this month. Stuart brings years of experience  [ Read More ]

May 12, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Canadian Pacific Railway has backed away from a decision to deny access to the famed lower section of the Kicking Horse River near Golden, B.C., a move that is welcomed by Banff and Lake Louise rafting companies. The railway giant announced last month it  [ Read More ]

April 4, 2016 – Kootenay Crust. Story by Ian Cobb. Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) has been the dark lord on the Canadian landscape since the 1880s. Beginning with the greasiness of the Pacific Scandal to the amazing procurement of massive volumes of land right across Canada, much to Marathon Realty’s glee, to being the corporate  [ Read More ]

April 06, 2016 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Nicole Veerman. With a Jasperite as chair and another as co-vice chair, the community will be well represented on the Association for Mountain Parks Protection and Enjoyment (AMPPE) this year. At the association’s annual general meeting last month, Mike Day, owner of Evil Dave’s Grill, was appointed  [ Read More ]

April 2, 2016 – Golden Star. Loss of access to the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River has resulted in a groundswell of support for whitewater rafters and kayakers as Golden and area residents take action to protect access to this vital part of the community, says Mayor of Golden Ron Oszust. “Along with  [ Read More ]

March 30, 2016 – Banff, Alberta. The Association for Mountain Parks Protection and Enjoyment (AMPPE) is pleased to announce Mike Day as the new Chairman of the Board for 2016. After a successful AGM held at The Banff Centre on March 15th, AMPPE also welcomes the appointment of returning Co-Vice-Chair Yannis Karlos and new Co-Vice-Chair  [ Read More ]

April 1, 2016 – Revelstoke Mountaineer. Story by Aaron Orlando. A large group of stakeholders concerned about the river access issue to the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River issued a media release April 1 demanding that a solution to the problem be found. As reported earlier this week, a CP Rail decision to  [ Read More ]

March 23, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The Liberal government has no plans to revisit the former Conservative government’s controversial approval of site guidelines that open the door for a major expansion at the Lake Louise ski hill – but that doesn’t mean anything is a done deal. Minister of Environment  [ Read More ]

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 ]

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