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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 ]

Falling loonie spurs U.S. tourism

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August 25, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Amy van den Berg. As the Canadian dollar hits an 11-year low and feels the impact of diminished crude oil and commodity prices, Alberta’s main tourist destination is booming. The low dollar has impacted Canadian businesses and consumer spending throughout the country, while tourism  [ Read More ]

August 6, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. The controversial site development and use guidelines for the Lake Louise Ski Area were approved by Parks Canada on Saturday. Parks made the announcement quietly through a posting on its website. The approval means Lake Louise can begin the first stage of  [ Read More ]

August 12, 2015 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Nicole Veerman. Jasper has a lot of selling points, but one of the biggest is our wildlife. Bears, elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goats all make the tourist checklist, as people scour the landscape in search of their prize. The challenge is, it’s not enough for people  [ Read More ]

July 31, 2015 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. A $107 million cash injection into Waterton Lakes National Park will allow for work along several roadways — including Akamina Parkway and Chief Mountain Highway — and improvements to the Cameron Lake day use area. It also includes the construction of a new visitor’s reception centre  [ Read More ]

July 16, 2015 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. A female wolf has been struck and killed on Highway 93N, prompting officials to remind motorists to use caution on the roadways through the national parks. On July 9, resource conservation staff responded to a report of a dead wolf about 10 kilometers south of Weeping  [ Read More ]

Bear 144 euthanized near Sundre

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July 29, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. One of Banff National Park’s former research grizzly bears has been euthanized after killing sheep and llamas near Sundre. Bear 144, the four-and-a-half-year-old male offspring of bear 64, the famed former matriarch of the Bow Valley before her death in 2013, and bear 122,  [ Read More ]

July 22, 2015 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke. The economic impact of the Excelsior Wildfire has been a tale of two stories for businesses in Jasper. The Maligne Canyon Restaurant lost about $80,000 after authorities closed Maligne Lake Road, July 9, cutting off access to the restaurant. According to Galal Helmy, owner of  [ Read More ]

Bear 72 absent in Lake Louise

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June 24, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The fate of a famous mamma bear in Lake Louise is unknown. Bear 72, a 22-year-old female grizzly bear and the so-called matriarch of the Lake Louise area, did not show up this spring, leading to suspicions she may have died of old age.  [ Read More ]

June 29, 2015 – Alberta Venture. Dave McKenna – President, Brewster Travel He’s the man behind some of the Rocky Mountain’s most celebrated destinations. Dave McKenna has been responsible for providing unforgettable tourism experiences including the Banff Gondola, the Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure, and the Banff Lake Cruise, to name a few. But arguably his  [ Read More ]

June 20, 2015 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. In 1981, the population of Calgary was less than 600,000 people, snowboarding wasn’t an Olympic sport and Calgary hadn’t yet hosted the Winter Games. It’s also the year mountaineer Charlie Locke purchased the Lake Louise Ski Resort, in the heart of Banff National Park. “In those days, there  [ Read More ]

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