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April 17, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Rob Alexander. Unlike Max, who travelled “through the night and day and in and out of weeks and almost a year to where the wild things are,” ecologist John Paczkowski can find the wild things with a click of the mouse – thanks to wildlife cameras.  [ Read More ]

April 10, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Parks Canada plans to capture and collar more grizzly bears this spring as part of a project to stop the ongoing deaths of the threatened species on the train tracks in Banff and Yoho national parks. Five grizzlies still had functioning GPS collars when  [ Read More ]

April 3, 2014 -  Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. Cougar populations in Western Canada are expanding and growing as a result of changing perceptions society has about the large carnivores. Puma concolor have historically been viewed as pests, said cougar researcher Kyle Knopff at the most recent Wildsmart speaker’s series. But that perception  [ Read More ]

March 27, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Cascade Lodge No. 5, known locally as the Masonic Hall, is one of Banff’s many heritage resources and come April 1 it will be under new ownership. Banff Masons are donating the lodge and the lease for the triangular piece of property it sits on bounded by Lynx,  [ Read More ]

Appeals against Goat’s Eye dropped

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March 20, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. Two separate appeals against a decision by Parks Canada to conditionally approve plans for Sunshine Village to develop a new Goat’s Eye Lodge have been dropped. Both the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Sunshine appealed the decision of Banff Field Unit Superintendent  [ Read More ]

March 6th, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for Canada’s parks are working together to inspire more people to experience nature. The commitment of the ministers, including Richard Starke, Alberta’s minister responsible for parks, came out of a meeting held last week in Toronto with Minister  [ Read More ]

Dam demolition goes out for tender

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March 6th, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The Town of Banff has gone out to public tender on its plan to demolish a portion of Forty Mile Dam. Officials say it’s been tough province-wide to get contractors because of the amount of work needed in the wake of the devastating June  [ Read More ]

March 06, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Letter to the editor from G.T. Nokes. This is in response to the article of the parkway restriction and closure, which I feel compelled to respond to as there are many misleading and incorrect statements. While it is easy and very noble to hold up the mantra of  [ Read More ]

Captive breeding may save caribou

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March 03, 2014 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Trevor Nichols. It’s no secret that for years Jasper’s caribou populations have been struggling. Last October, when Parks staff did their annual count of the four herds that call the park home, they found that all of their numbers had been reduced, some quite significantly. Changes in  [ Read More ]

February 27, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. A small section of the Bow Valley Parkway will be legally off limits to people overnight from March 1 to June 25 in a bid to give wildlife like grizzly bears and wolves undisturbed space and security during critical springtime. Parks Canada is implementing  [ Read More ]

February 20th, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert Whether it is part of a larger trend or just one bad year, the number of grizzly bears killed as a result of human activity in Alberta reached a significantly high level last year. During 2013 there were 31 recorded grizzly bear mortalities and  [ Read More ]

February 13, 2014 – Parks Canada. The future of the Bow Valley Parkway area exemplifies the integrated goals of Banff National Park, a place where the best practices for natural and cultural resource protection are the foundation for year-round visitor education, enjoyment, and inspiration. It is a regionally significant place of montane and subalpine ecosystems  [ Read More ]

January 28, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. From ski patroller and bartender to interim president of Brewster Travel Canada, Banff’s Dave McKenna has come a long way. McKenna is taking over the reigns from Michael Hannan, former president of Brewster and the Viad Travel & Recreation Group, who recently resigned from  [ Read More ]

December 23 2013— Toronto Star. By: Alex Boutilier. OTTAWA—Parks Canada is struggling under a multi-billion-dollar backlog of planned work for the country’s most beloved locations, with some sites putting off hundreds of millions of dollars in needed repairs. And the agency’s bureaucrats warn that if action isn’t taken soon, the backlog will present a serious  [ Read More ]

Calgary Herald – January 28, 2014. Story By Colette Derworiz. BANFF — It’s a date night straight out of a romantic comedy: Skating under the stars, surrounded by mountains, with old-time music playing and a fire crackling in the background. The scene could become reality for some this Valentine’s Day as Parks Canada opens a  [ Read More ]

December 06, 2013 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Rob Alexander. Despite the fact that Canada is home to over 250,000 plains bison living on ranches and farms, their wild cousins are still staring down the barrel of extinction. Plains bison were re-listed as a threatened species in Canada following the Nov. 24-29 meeting of  [ Read More ]

Maligne Lake consultations begin

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November 20, 2013 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Nicole Veerman. Maligne Tours released its conceptual proposal outlining its redevelopment plans for Maligne Lake, Nov. 15, and scheduled public forums in Jasper and Edmonton to discuss it at the end of the month. The controversial proposal includes new cultural and outdoor activities, as well as 15  [ Read More ]

Parks repairing Johnson dam

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November 25, 2013 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Parks Canada is rebuilding a dam at Johnson Lake that was damaged by raging floods in June. Work is currently underway to replace the damaged earthen dam at the east end of the lake with a concrete seepage wall and spillway channel, a move  [ Read More ]

Banff hospital adopts art program

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November 14, 2013 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Rob Alexander. Banff Mineral Springs Hospital is turning its walls into an art gallery in a move to create a long-term source of revenue for its year-old music therapy program. Leslie de Bie, co-ordinator of volunteer services and foundation support, said Tuesday (Nov. 12) that music  [ Read More ]

October 17, 2013 – Crag And Canyon. Story by Dave Husdal. Heading into Tuesday evening’s all-candidates forum, one of Banff’s most influential business lobby groups is encouraging municipal election candidates to maintain a strong focus on tourism and economic issues. “It’s certainly about the fact that tourism is our principal economic engine,” said Darren Reeder,  [ Read More ]

Bear 64’s cubs may be on their own

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October 10, 2013 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Grizzly bear 64’s three cubs have been seen hanging around the outskirts of the Banff townsite – without their famous mom. The three two-and-a-half-year-old bruins were spotted eating grass near the Cave and Basin, along Mountain Avenue towards the Rimrock Resort and in a  [ Read More ]

October 03, 2013 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Justin Brisbane. The best of the city came, saw and conquered the 36th annual Melissa’s Road Race on Saturday (Sept. 28), when Calgary Marathon record holder Benard Onsare crushed the field, finishing the race in 1:15:39, two minutes ahead of Doug Jackson of Strathmore. Alexander James  [ Read More ]

Friday September 27, 2013 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. Sunshine Village ski area has been hard at work repairing $3 million to $5 million flood damage caused by rushing waters in Healy Creek at the end of June. Like other mountain creeks in the region, Healy experienced significant volumes of water and  [ Read More ]

September 19, 2013 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. Under a clear blue sky in the middle of the Rockies, dozens of people gathered next to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site to mark a dark chapter in Canada’s history. On Friday, Parks Canada opened a 1,000-square-foot exhibit about the country’s internment operations  [ Read More ]

September 13, 2013 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Proposed new commercial uses for the Banff train station lands, including hotel rooms and retail services as part of a redevelopment plan to revitalize the area, have raised alarm bells for Parks Canada. Banff council agreed to delay a public hearing last Monday (Sept.  [ Read More ]

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