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April 22, 2015 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke. It’s like no other drive in the world. From sweeping valleys lined with emerald lakes to the dizzying heights of snow-capped mountains, the meandering 230-km journey from Jasper to Lake Louise has captivated generations. Exactly 75 years ago, the Icefield Parkway, also known as Highway  [ Read More ]

April 22, 2015 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke. Just about everyone in Jasper has a story about running into an elk, but new research suggests modifying elk behaviour could help reduce the number of encounters. Rob Found, a researcher with the University of Alberta, spent the past five years studying elk behaviour to  [ Read More ]

April 09, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The remaining rail car from last December’s train derailment near the Banff townsite has been removed from Forty Mile Creek. Crews have been working at the cleanup site as part of the latest phase of the operation, including into the night under powerful lights.  [ Read More ]

March 26, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. The coyote is a storied creature with a mystique around it that conjures up ideas of a wily trickster and an opportunistic scavenger, but there is far more to the wild animal than what that media-influenced picture paints. Professor Shelley Alexander of the University  [ Read More ]

March 13, 2015 – The Globe and Mail. Story by Amber Bracken. Frankie Thunder hangs out up a small ridge from his namesake run, the Thunderbowl, at Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park, Alberta. (Photos by Amber Bracken for The Globe and Mail) Most people in Jasper are more interested in trail reports than celebrity  [ Read More ]

March 17, 2015 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. Nearly three months after a train derailed in Banff National Park, the cleanup of the site is ongoing. On Dec 26, 2014, 15 rail cars on a Canadian Pacific train went off the tracks while crossing a bridge on the edge of the Banff townsite. Eight of  [ Read More ]

March 13, 2015 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. Who’s the daddy? Grizzly bear No. 122, apparently. Wildlife officials in Banff National Park have been testing DNA to learn more about the grizzly bear population and density in the area. Early results show No. 122, a well-known large male bear known by some locals as The Boss, has  [ Read More ]

March 03, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Michelle Ferguson. The federal government may have received over 3,000 postcards in support of bison reintroduction to Banff National Park last month, but the project has yet to receive a stamp of approval from at least one wildlife group. In February, Colin Kure, a  [ Read More ]

February 26, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. Organizers of the Canmore Uncorked food and wine festival are not happy resting on the laurels of last year’s success, but are instead embarking on a second year with bigger and better events. Uncorked runs April 7-19 and Canmore Business and Tourism President Andrew  [ Read More ]

February 19, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Parks Canada says it looks set to reach its target of enticing 22.4 million visitors to national parks and historic sites across the country by the end of March this year. Actual visitation for 2013-14, according to a department performance report, was 20.7 million  [ Read More ]

February 25, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Michelle Ferguson. The remaining fly ash dumped into 40 Mile Creek by a 15-car derailment late last year isn’t posing any immediate danger to fish populations according to Parks Canada. On Dec. 26, 15 CP Rail cars jumped the tracks just west of Banff,  [ Read More ]

February 19, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Grizzly bears prefer to use overpasses to cross the deadly Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park. That’s according to the findings of 17 years of ongoing research led by Bow Valley-based scientist Tony Clevenger, who is looking into the effectiveness of highway overpasses and  [ Read More ]

January 29, 2015 – Metro News. Story by Robson Fletcher. Bears aren’t usually active in January but wildlife experts in Canmore are warning mountain visitors that all the recent summer-like weather may have roused some from their winter slumber. “We’ve had these unseasonably warm temperatures for the last week,” said Tyler McClure of WildSmart. “It’s  [ Read More ]

February 01, 2015 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Parks Canada. At this time of year, Jasper National Park adds another “difficult” trail to the park’s broad range of cross-country skiing options. On Monday, Feb. 16, Cavell Road will open for the public with track-setting in place for both classic and skate skiing. The winding road  [ Read More ]

January 23, 2015 – The Globe and Mail. Story by Craig Offman. Mention a family ski trip to Banff National Park to any sultan of snow and you will likely get an absent nod and hear obligatory words of niceness – as one might afford to a boring old auntie. The unspoken – and unjust  [ Read More ]

January 29, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The number of wildlife conflict occurrences in Banff National Park hit an all-time high last year – while at the same time the number of visitors to Canada’s flagship national park continued to soar. Parks Canada reports there were 1,250 wildlife conflict occurrences in  [ Read More ]

February 01, 2015 – The Jasper Local. Story by Bob Covey. By most accounts, 2014 was a banner year for Alberta’s Rocky Mountain operators. Numbers were up across a variety of sectors including accommodations, restaurants, retail, ski day visits and tour operations, according to The Association for Mountain Parks Protection & Enjoyment (AMPPE). “2014 was  [ Read More ]

January 15, 2015 – The Jasper Local. Story by Bob Covey. Two local skiers have approached Parks Canada with a proposal to build a winter-use cabin in the northwest region of Jasper National Park. Dana Ruddy and Sean Elliott’s concept would establish a club-based hut near Rink Lake, making accessible the untapped ski potential of  [ Read More ]

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 ]

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