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The Calgary-Banff service is a joint effort between Parks Canada, the Town of Banff, and the Town of Canmore to financially support the Calgary service, with the BVRTSC managing the contract with Southland to continue the On-It Regional Service. In 2017, over 11,000 people rode the service on weekends and holiday Mondays from mid-June to early September. 2018 will see the weekend and holiday Monday service start May 19.

Sir David Attenborough says it best when talking about the balance of experience and ecological integrity in unique environments around the world. In his words: “No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” AMPPE is the very voice of representing this mission in the rocky mountain national parks.

January 18, 2018 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Jordan Small. Those thinking of backcountry excursions this winter, but who aren’t familiar with the terrain, are in luck as the yearly Avalanche Awareness Days returns to the Bow Valley for a fun and informative weekend (Jan. 19 and 21). In Lake Louise, Banff and Kananaskis  [ Read More ]

Mel’s run back on

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January 15, 2018 – The Crag and Canyon. Story by Spence Van Dyk. After more than four months of participants, volunteers, and organizers believing Melissa’s Road Race was done and dusted, it’s been revived thanks to another event organizer. The Banff Marathon announced last week it has taken over ownership of the race in an  [ Read More ]

Canada Keep Exploring – January 10, 2018. By Travel Alberta. We have a passion for the Canadian Rockies and an innate curiosity to discover the most interesting places to stay while we’re adventuring in them. After years of exploring, we’ve logged a few perennial favourites. Skoki Lodge Eleven kilometres from Lake Louise in Banff National Park, at  [ Read More ]

Journey from Brewster to Pursuit

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January 8, 2018. Banff Jasper Collections by Pursuit.  Leading the way in 1892, Brewster Travel Canada’s pioneering spirit guided generations to the world’s most unforgettable destinations in Banff and Jasper. Beginning this year, the company has forged ahead on the Brewster legacy under a new name, Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit, with a continued promise to  [ Read More ]

January 3, 2018. The Crag and Canyon. Story by Chris Nelson.  The popular year-long program allowing visitors to enter Banff National Park for free has earned more than just a passing grade. The free parks pass initiative, which was put in place across Canada as part of the nation’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017, is  [ Read More ]

By Gloria Dickie – Canadian Geographic December 4, 2017 From a distance, the grey cement bridge looks unremarkable. Two tunnels on either side of the Trans-Canada Highway arc in semi-circles that end bluntly on the pavement below. But on top, away from passing motorists’ eyes, lies a grassy oasis. Against the odds, pine trees and wildflowers  [ Read More ]

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 ]

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