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September 7, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The future of a controversial $86.4 million paved bike trail between Jasper and the Columbia Icefield, eventually extending to Lake Louise, appears somewhat uncertain due to funding. Money set aside in the 2016 federal budget for a 107-kilometre long multi-purpose trail from Jasper to  [ Read More ]

July 5th, 2017 – The Crag and Canyon. Story by Spencer Van Dyk.  Banff-Cochrane MLA Cam Westhead announced Wednesday that the provincial government will give an additional $18.7-million for projects to improve Kananaskis region parks. The funding is in addition to a $9.7-million commitment from last year, Westhead said. “This investment will allow the region  [ Read More ]

June 7, 2017 – Parks Canada –  The summary report from the 19th Annual Banff Planning Forum held February 9-10, 2017 has been released. AMPPE was one of the key stakeholders invited to attend and was an active participant in the two days of discussion, storytelling and planning for the future of Banff National Park.  [ Read More ]

April 26, 2017 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke.  A federally registered lobbying organization with ties to some of the biggest businesses and organizations in Banff National Park recently launched a slick new website in support of the proposed Icefields Trail project. The website claims to be backed by a group called the “Icefields  [ Read More ]

March 16, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. As Parks Canada gets public feedback on an $87 million paved bike trail along the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to the Columbia Icefield, the federal agency is also gearing for a plan to extend the trail to Lake Louise. Parks Canada officials say, based  [ Read More ]

March 15, 2017 – The Crag and Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz.  Federal Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna outlined that the protection of ecological integrity in national parks must be a key priority in future decisions made by Parks Canada in a speech given in Banff on Friday. The minister said that all who  [ Read More ]

January 25th – AMPPE’s January advocacy efforts have been intensely focused on Parks Canada’s Let’s Talk Parks, Canada Initiative: the nationwide public consultation currently underway by Parks Canada to discuss the future of our National Parks and Historic Places. For the first time ever, all Canadians are being invited to participate in the Minister’s Round Table. This  [ Read More ]

January 6, 2017 – Jasper – By Paul Clarke, Jasper Fitzhugh. A controversial project to build a paved bike trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefields will cost significantly more than first thought. According to Parks Canada, the proposed trail will cost an extra $20.5 million, which it will pay through its infrastructure investment program.  [ Read More ]

December 7, 2016 – The Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. Member of Parliament for Banff-Airdrie Blake Richards gave an address in the House of Commons on Nov. 24 expressing his concern that Parks Canada is not focusing enough on addressing the needs of the many visitors who arrive in Banff and Jasper National  [ Read More ]

November 25, 2016 – Ottawa – Yesterday, MP Blake Richards stood in the House of Commons to voice the concerns of Banff and Lake Louise businesses and residents over the lack of a plan for parking when admission to National Parks are free in 2017. “Having free admission to all National Parks to celebrate Canada’s  [ Read More ]

October 12, 2016 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke. Twelve of Canada’s largest environmental groups issued a joint statement calling on the federal government to prohibit any future development in Canada’s national parks–but not everyone agrees. The group—which includes the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the David Suzuki Foundation—met with Parks Canada  [ Read More ]

October 07, 2016 – Calgary Herald.  Story by Valerie Fortney. “Trust me, normally the view is quite breathtaking.” On Thursday morning, Mark Hendrikse is staying upbeat despite the kind of socked-in clouds that bring to mind a Dickens novel set in London’s dockyards. Standing on a platform in the upper terminal of the Banff Gondola  [ Read More ]

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 ]

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