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August 10th, 2017 – CBC News Calgary. Story by Ryan Rumbolt.  The temporary closure of a national park in Alberta due to overwhelming numbers of visitors was the exception, not a sign of the future, says Parks Canada — and unlikely ever to happen in parks like Banff despite the flood of guests lured by free  [ Read More ]

August 7th, 2017 – CBC News Calgary. Story by Dave Dormer.  Ridership on the regional bus service launched between Calgary and Banff this summer has driven past expectations and officials are now considering extending operations through fall and winter. “Right from the first day, the weekends have been steadily improving,” said Ettore Iannacito, regional transportation  [ Read More ]

July 25, 2017 – CBC News Calgary. A new poll shows high levels of support in Calgary and rural towns for protecting Kananaskis Country, along with strong opposition to logging in the area. The random telephone and cellphone survey was commissioned by the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative based in Canmore. It found 68 per  [ Read More ]

July 20, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Fire crews continue to battle an out-of-control wildfire in Kootenay National Park, working hard to keep the fire out of the Bow Valley and to protect backcountry businesses and public facilities. The lightning-sparked Verdant Creek fire has also prompted an outright fire ban in  [ Read More ]

July 13, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis.  The grizzly bear population in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks is stable, according to researchers who have developed a new, cost-effective way of monitoring wildlife populations. A study published in June highlights a new way to estimate population abundance, using existing data from  [ Read More ]

June 28th, 2017 – Alberta Government – Visitors to Kananaskis this long weekend will enjoy improved campsites, upgraded infrastructure and more parking. Government investment in Alberta Parks in the Kananaskis Region will create and enhance the visitor experience. The province earmarked $18.7 million this year towards improving amenities in the nearly 60 parks and protected areas  [ Read More ]

June 21st, 2017 – Crag and Canyon – If you are looking to visit Lake Minnewanka, Johnston Canyon, Bourgeau or Red Earth you better plan ahead. This week, Parks Canada began implementing roadside parking restrictions at day use and trailhead areas, citing “safety of visitors and wildlife” as the main reason. No parking and stopping  [ Read More ]

What is happening? Parks Canada highway crews have now cleared the road and the Yoho Valley Road to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park will open tomorrow, June 24, 2017. Why is this important? Though the Yoho Valley Road is opening, snow is still present in high altitude areas of the mountain national parks. We  [ Read More ]

What is happening? Due to  larger than average avalanche debris on the upper Yoho Valley Road we are unable to open this area of Yoho National Park at this time.  Parks Canada staff are working hard to assess and remove the debris. We appreciate your patience, the upper Yoho Valley Road will open when it  [ 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 ]

June 8, 2017 – In 2013, heavy rains in southern Alberta caused flooding along the Bow River that resulted in damage to facilities in the Kananaskis Region, including the Three Sisters campground. As a result of flood damage, Alberta Parks proposed to remove Three Sisters campground infrastructure and establish a day use facility at the  [ Read More ]

June 3, 2017 – Travel Alberta -Newly released data from the Alberta Tourism Market Monitor shows the province’s national parks experienced record visitation in 2016 – the highest since 2004 – and the Alberta Resorts region also set a record high occupancy rate last year. Banff welcomed about four million visitors (including group tours), up  [ Read More ]

What’s happening? ·        In an effort to reduce the impacts of whirling disease (WD), which is not harmful to humans but can have significant effects on some fish populations, Parks Canada has made significant changes to its Mountain Park Fishing Regulations. This includes catch and release angling only within Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks with  [ Read More ]

Rocky Mountain Outlook Letter to the Editor by AMPPE Board Member Crosbie Cotton regarding Sunshine Parking Solutions: When congestion recently became a problem impacting the quality of the visitor experience at La Mauricie National Park in Quebec, Parks Canada’s ecologist team leader determined “two new parking lots will be added to the infrastructures of St-Mathieu-du-Parc  [ Read More ]

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If you are headed out hiking, biking or camping near Banff please take note of this important closure in the region: Minnewanka: Stewart Canyon to the east Park Boundary Closure WHAT: Pursuant to Section 36(1) of the National Parks General Regulations, of the Canada National Parks Act, the following area is closed to all traffic  [ Read More ]

May 10, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Justin Brisbane. Considered the greatest ski traverse in North America, the journey from Jasper to Lake Louise across the Great Divide has reached mythic proportions since Chic Scott, Charlie Locke, Don Gardner and Neil Liske originally completed it 50 years ago. Now, another Canmorite can add his  [ Read More ]

Friday May 12, 2017 Parks Canada is leading a coordinated approach to make it easier to visit Banff National Park car-free this summer. This summer, visitors can travel from Calgary to visit Lake Minnewanka, Lake Louise and the Town of Banff all without a car. Why? New transit options will allow more visitors to experience  [ Read More ]

May 1, 2017 – The Treehugger. Story by Katherine Martinko.  A proposed trail linking Banff and Jasper is being criticized for potential environmental damage. Never mind the thousands of cars that travel the same route each day. Parks Canada has come up with a fantastic idea that will make every cyclist’s heart leap for joy.  [ 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 ]

April 22, 2017 – Parks Canada Agency. On April 22 (Earth Day), 2017, the first bison calf was born in Banff’s backcountry in over 140 years. Parks Canada anticipates that as many as 10 calves will be born throughout the end of April and May 2017. To minimize disturbance on the recently reintroduced and still  [ Read More ]

April 2017 – Parks Canada Agency. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, admission to Parks Canada places will be free throughout 2017 and we expect more visitors will want to experience Canada’s amazing national treasures than ever before! To have the best time possible during this special busy year, here are 10 tips to make the  [ Read More ]

April 20, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis.  Parks Canada plans to have a free shuttle service between Banff and Lake Louise this summer, as well as the Minnewanka Loop, to deal with anticipated traffic and congestion nightmares in the national park. The federal agency has put out two requests for proposal  [ Read More ]

April 19, 2017 – The Crag and Canyon. Story by Michele Jarvie.  Three years after losing a court battle over parking restrictions, Sunshine Village Ski Resort is going back to court — and this time it’s asking the public to get behind its dispute with Parks Canada. The resort has filed for a judicial review  [ Read More ]

March 7, 2017 – Parks Canada Agency In July 2015, the Government of Canada announced significant investments for Waterton Lakes National Park totalling $107.5 million. $7.6 million was identified for a new Visitor Reception Centre (VRC) for the park as part of this investment program. Based on a review of a range of options for  [ Read More ]



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