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October 26, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert.    The electoral boundaries commission has released its final report and with it comes a recommendation to create a riding for the Bow Valley that keeps tourism-based communities and parks together. The new riding of Banff-Kananaskis was proposed in the report, after a Banff-Stoney  [ Read More ]

October 26, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis.  Banff’s landmark Mount Royal Hotel is set to reopen next summer following a devastating fire in December 2016. The $45 million redevelopment plans for the 109-year-old hotel, which were unveiled by owners Brewster Travel Canada on Thursday (Oct. 19), include restoration of the façade  [ Read More ]

The Association for Mountain Parks Protection & Enjoyment is saddened by the news of Bill Selby’s passing. Bill was a longtime member of AMPPE. He served on our board for more than 10 years and was a strong individual supporter throughout our 23 year history. Our thoughts are with Bill’s family and friends at this  [ Read More ]

October 5, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Banff was crazy busy this summer, but local authorities say public transit in the townsite and surrounding national park saved the day. The number of vehicles entering and exiting Banff in July and August was 1.7 million, a seven per cent increase over the  [ Read More ]

September 19, 2017 – CBC News Calgary. Story by Carolyn Dunn.  It is the black of night. A Canadian Pacific train barrels down the tracks in Banff National Park. As it rounds the curve on the track, the light on the front of the locomotive illuminates an animal on the tracks. As the train speeds  [ Read More ]

September 14, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert.  Despite over a decade of lobbying provincial officials and producing report after report to support their position, officials in tourism-based communities like Canmore and Banff still struggle to have their issues understood by the provincial government. Minister of Municipal Affairs Shaye Anderson was in  [ Read More ]

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 ]

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 ]

Economic Development a Challenge in Mountain Towns

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 ]

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