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As one of the largest federal custodians, Parks Canada manages a variety of real property and infrastructure assets. In Banff National Park, the infrastructure portfolio is wide-ranging and includes assets such as highways, bridges, contemporary and historic buildings, trails, campgrounds, water and wastewater treatment facilities, visitor centres and operations compounds. Parks Canada’s Federal Infrastructure Investment  [ Read More ]

June 09, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Jordan Small An “extremely bold” wolf that was recently approaching people in Banff National Park has been killed. Parks Canada officials said they made the “difficult decision” to shoot and kill the alpha female of the Bow Valley wolf pack Tuesday (June 7) as a precaution,  [ Read More ]

June 07, 2016 – Calgary Herald. Story by Michele Jarvie Rafting companies in Golden are predicting serious financial consequences if the stalemate with Canadian Pacific isn’t quickly resolved, and the area MP is threatening to raise the issue in Parliament. CP has installed a gate on the only access road to the Lower Canyon of the  [ Read More ]

May 12, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Canadian Pacific Railway has backed away from a decision to deny access to the famed lower section of the Kicking Horse River near Golden, B.C., a move that is welcomed by Banff and Lake Louise rafting companies. The railway giant announced last month it  [ Read More ]

April 13, 2016 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke. The cap limit to hire temporary foreign workers was temporarily removed late last month to help businesses in tourism destinations meet their labour needs this summer. The change means tourism businesses will now be able to hire TFWs beyond the government’s 10 per cent limit  [ Read More ]

April 2, 2016 – Golden Star. Loss of access to the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River has resulted in a groundswell of support for whitewater rafters and kayakers as Golden and area residents take action to protect access to this vital part of the community, says Mayor of Golden Ron Oszust. “Along with  [ Read More ]

February 18, 2016 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke. Three backcountry users were fined $1,500 each after pleading guilty to entering areas closed for the protection of Jasper National Park’s dwindling caribou herds. The charges relate to two separate incidents, one on the Signal Fire Road and another at Bald Hills. Jerome Ouellet and  [ Read More ]

March 6, 2016 – The Crag & Canyon. Story by Bill Kaufmann & Taylor Lambert. Siksika Nation members voted Friday in favour of a $123 million deal that sees them give up claims to the Castle Mountain area in Banff National Park. A total of 3,444 votes were cast, with 2,577 in favour of the  [ Read More ]

February 24, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The number of wildlife occurrences in Banff National Park, including encounters with bears, continues to increase at the same time the number of visitors to Canada’s flagship national park soars. Last year, Banff National Park recorded 1,659 wildlife occurrences compared to 1,558 the year before.  [ Read More ]

February 27, 2016 – The Crag & Canyon. Story by Colette Derworiz. New research suggests the backcountry area where Banff National Park plans to reintroduce wild bison could handle up to 1,280 animals, which would make it one of the largest free-ranging bison populations in North America. The peer-reviewed study, published this week in the online  [ Read More ]

February 03, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Parks Canada is still investigating how it will make up about $60 million in lost revenue by giving out free park passes in 2017 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. Revenues collected from entry fees stay in the parks where they  [ Read More ]

February 03, 2016 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. Banff Lake Louise Tourism and its partners are winding down the Banff Heritage Tourism Corp. effective Feb. 28, according to BLLT. BHT has been running in its current iteration for five years with the mandate to enhance visitor experience in Banff National  [ Read More ]

January 20, 2016 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke. The clean-up of a derailment near the east gate of Jasper National Park continues, more than a month after 12 CN cars carrying grain derailed spilling their contents into the Athabasca River. According to Parks Canada, 500 tonnes of grain had been recovered as of  [ Read More ]

January 13, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Banff politicians have given first reading of a bylaw to allow the municipality to borrow money to pay for the purchase of land for an affordable housing development to deal with the town’s housing crisis. At a meeting on Monday (Jan. 11), council gave  [ Read More ]

January 05, 2016 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. A move by the federal government to provide free entry into national parks in 2017 is getting mixed reviews from local business, tourism and environmental groups. The plan, which is already in effect at the park gates, is being applauded for allowing people to explore the parks and historic  [ Read More ]

December 16, 2015 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke. The derailment of two trains in less than a week has reignited the debate around rail safety in Jasper National Park. “Multiple derailments in the same area is always a real concern because it points to systemic problems rather than just a one-off accidental occurrence,”  [ Read More ]

December 17, 2015 – Parks Canada. The release of federal lands to the Town of Banff for the creation of affordable housing was announced today by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. The land, including six lots on Cave Avenue and six lots on  [ Read More ]

December 09, 2015 – CBC News. French hotel chain Accor is buying the company that owns luxury hotel lines Raffles, Swissotel and Canada’s Fairmont in a deal worth about $2.9 billion US in cash and shares. Accor is buying the company known as FRHI from joint owners Qatar Investment Authority; King Holding Co., which is the  [ Read More ]

December 09, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. Bow Valley tourism operators cleaned up at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s annual awards. In addition to being nominated as finalist in various categories, winners last week included the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel for community leadership, Banff Lake Louise Tourism took home the  [ Read More ]

November 9, 2015. TIAC is proud to announce Alan Latourelle, former CEO of Parks Canada, as one of this year’s inductees into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame. Alan Latourelle‘s tenure as CEO of Parks Canada was one of the most transformative in the Agency’s history; positioning Parks as a true partner with Canada’s tourism  [ Read More ]

December 7, 2015. The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) Board of Directors has elected Dave McKenna, President of Brewster Travel Canada, as an independent director, effective December 1, 2015. McKenna is a respected leader in the travel and tourism industry and also has a wealth of experience and keen understanding of travel trade within  [ Read More ]

October 14, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Banff and Lake Louise have a new lobby group to advocate for issues facing hotels, bars and restaurants. The Banff Lake Louise Hotel Motel Association (BLLHMA) became the Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association (BLLHA), effective Oct. 7, bringing representatives from the food and  [ Read More ]

October 21, 2015 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Nicole Veerman. Jasper National Park’s outgoing superintendent, Greg Fenton, was honoured at the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce’s business and ambassador awards, Oct. 15, receiving a surprise award for outstanding service. Fenton, a born and raised Jasperite, has been superintendent since 2007. He resigned in September to  [ Read More ]

September 18, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. Dates have been announced for federal election all-candidates meetings taking place in the Banff-Airdrie riding and the candidates are preparing in various ways for those discussions. Three of four candidates have confirmed participation in a Canmore forum set for Tuesday, Sept. 29  [ Read More ]

September 3, 2015 – The Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. Brewster Travel Canada announced today work is set to begin this fall on enhancements to its flagship attraction, the Banff Gondola, with a $26 million redevelopment of its upper terminal building. “Generations of explorers have visited Banff National Park to discover all  [ Read More ]

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