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January 21, 2015 – The Fitzhugh. Jasper’s already a bike town, but with the help of the Tour of Alberta, the park is on its way to becoming a cycling destination. In recent years, Parks Canada has begun marketing Jasper’s cycling opportunities, focusing mostly on the park’s extensive network of multi-use trails. But, to date,  [ Read More ]

January 22, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Wildlife experts are using DNA analysis to determine if grizzly bear 130, one of the bears in Banff National Park fitted with a GPS collar for research purposes, is the daughter of famed grizzly bear 64. Bear 64, a grizzly bear thought to have  [ Read More ]

January 15, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The life and death of a celebrity female grizzly bear that made her home in the busy Bow Valley for almost 25 years is being hailed a success story. Bear 64 has been described as the “perfect bear.” Unlike other bruins, she somehow managed  [ Read More ]

January 13, 2015 – Crag & Canyon. Story by Justin Parsons. Parks Canada says the World Cup cross-country skiing test event set to run at Lake Louise on Thursday is expected to have a minimal environmental impact. The race will bring around 100 of Canada’s best cross-country skiers racing on the domestic circuit to existing  [ Read More ]

How green is your ski resort?

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January 07, 2014 – Calgary Herald. Castle Mountain Resort: Located in southwestern Alberta, Castle says it conducts environmental studies, promotes resource conservation, encourages recycling, practices erosion control and minimal site disturbance during slope grooming, and is replacing its machines with more energy-efficient engines. Fernie Alpine Resort: The resort in southeastern B.C. says it follows the guidelines  [ Read More ]

December 29, 2014 – CBC News. The push continues to bring bison back to Banff. Parks Canada completed a draft plan and a public consultation process in 2013 aimed at reintroducing a herd of the giant herbivores to the area.​ Now local brewery Banff Avenue Brewing Company has created Homeward Bison Pale Ale in a bid  [ Read More ]

Limber pine declared endangered

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December 11, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Three tree species have been assessed as at risk in Canada due to disease and alien insects, including the limber pine found here. At a recent meeting in Ottawa, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessed limber pine, which  [ Read More ]

December 10, 2014 – The Crag & Canyon. Avalanche Canada received some support from the federal government earlier this month with the announcement of increased financial support through Parks Canada. The newly announced funding, $600,000 over four years that builds on a previous $225,000 commitment from Environment Canada, will go towards general support of Avalanche  [ Read More ]

November 24, 2014. Charlie Locke returns to Alberta today from the ‘Oscars’ of the ski industry – The World Ski Awards – with two prestigious trophies. Lake Louise won Canada’s Best Ski Resort, and Locke was bestowed the tribute of Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism for the Americas. “This is the high point of my  [ Read More ]

November 13, 2014 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. It’s chilly weeks like this one when I wish I could head into a cozy den and hibernate, but it appears not all bears feel the same way. According to Bow Valley Wildsmart, there were no reports of either grizzly bears or black bears last week. They added that  [ Read More ]

November 06, 2014 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. As caribou populations continue to decline across Alberta, an environmental group is calling the province’s recovery plan for the threatened species a failure. The province introduced a woodland caribou recovery plan in 2004 to improve protection of the species by engaging Aboriginals in discussions, encouraging  [ Read More ]

October 28, 2014 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. A four-and-a-half year old grizzly bear orphaned when its mother was killed by a train in 2011 has suffered a similar fate — only on the highway. Around 9 p.m. Sunday, a male bear known as No. 128 was struck and injured on the Trans-Canada  [ Read More ]

July 02, 2014 – The Fitzhugh. Contributed by Parks Canada. To help guide visitors to iconic scenic viewpoints where they can connect with nature, Jasper National Park is now participating in Parks Canada’s Red Chair program. Inspired by the success of a similar program in Gros Morne National Park, visitors can use GPS coordinates or  [ Read More ]

October 16, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Rob Alexander. A series of projects focused on bolstering the dwindling number of woodland caribou in Alberta and B.C. appear to be providing both dramatic results and some optimism about the future of caribou in Western Canada. Boreal woodland caribou are classified as threatened in Canada,  [ Read More ]

September 16, 2014. Story by Luke Raymond. Fall is one of the best times of year to visit the Canadian Rockies. The temperatures are still warm, the colours are amazing, and wildlife is abundant. Our travel counselors have put together their favourite fall adventures in the Rockies.  Larch Hikes Larch trees are the only needled  [ Read More ]

September 21, 2014 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. BANFF NATIONAL PARK — Like many grizzly bears, she spent much of her summer on the move. On her own for the first time, the three-and-a-half year old female now known as No. 148 was regularly spotted around the Banff townsite — at the recreation  [ Read More ]

September 18, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Justin Brisbane. Two male grizzly bear cubs are dead following a road strike early Wednesday (Sept. 17) morning on the Dead Man’s Flats off-ramp, as highway wildlife mortality numbers continue to climb. It’s the second tragic grizzly bear death on the Trans-Canada Highway in 10 days  [ Read More ]

September 12, 2014 – Crag & Canyon. Story by Russ Ullyot. The colours of fall are starting to arrive, and no more are they in stark contrast to the greens of spring and summer than among the Larch trees over the next couple of weeks. The annual golden event is a big draw in Banff  [ Read More ]

September 3, 2014 – Avenue Calgary Magazine. Story by Meghan J. Ward. Autumn brings with it a change of colours and, more often than not, a mountain of stress. As summer vacations give way to the familiar juggling act, consider leaving the busyness behind to tap into what matters most. If Zen is what you’re  [ Read More ]

Run-off closes Cavell Road in Jasper

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August 20, 2014 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Nicole Veerman. Cavell Tarn overflowed Saturday morning, washing out the road immediately below the parking lot and indefinitely closing the Mount Edith Cavell day-use area to visitors. According to Pam Clark, visitor experience manager for Jasper National Park, the incident was caused by a combination of factors,  [ Read More ]

June 17, 2014 – Crag & Canyon. Story by Pamela Roth, QMI Agency. Knees shaking, heart racing, I inch closer to the glass platform overlooking the rugged valley 300 metres below. I’m in the Canadian Rockies near the Columbia Icefield, about to take my first step onto the Glacier Skywalk — a U-shaped glass-floor observation  [ Read More ]

August 07, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Jordan Small. Multiple mountain bike structures in the Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park’s restricted area were dismantled following a 15-person tear down effort last week. The structures were illegally constructed along unauthorized trails in the wildlife corridor near Highline Trail and included bike jumps, ramps, tresses,  [ Read More ]

August 07, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Two grizzly bear cubs often seen in the Lake Louise area are thought to have been killed by larger male grizzlies. Parks Canada officials say one of the cubs of bear 138 – a female bear fitted with a GPS collar as part of  [ Read More ]

August 06, 2014 – Crag & Canyon. Story by Michelle Ferguson. Don’t go into the woods they say — you might come face to face with an angry bear, or worse an angry conservation officer. Despite a closure near Quarry Lake as many as 60 individuals were caught on camera in the area. The area  [ Read More ]

July 9, 2014 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz.  A grizzly bear that was part of a monitoring program in Banff National Park has been legally shot and killed by a hunter in British Columbia during this spring’s harvest. The male bear, No. 125, was the second bear tagged and collared in 2012 during  [ Read More ]

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