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December 7, 2016 – The Crag & Canyon. Story by Amanda Symynuk. The Bow Valley cashed in on government funding to build on its plans for regional transit in an effort to reduce traffic congestion, however Banff may have to put its plans on hold. The federal and provincial governments announced $270 million in capital  [ Read More ]

December 02, 2016 – CBC News Canada. Story by Jennifer MacMillan. Demand for free 2017 passes to Canada’s national parks has swamped Parks Canada’s website. Users trying to get the passes on Friday said the website had crashed. Parks Canada then posted a message on the site encouraging people to come back and try to order again  [ Read More ]

Buses in, gondola discussion on hold

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December 01, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis.  Banff politicians are keen to further investigate a plan for a mass bus transit system to deal with the tourist town’s traffic troubles, but have put off further consideration of an aerial gondola, for now. Council has tentatively approved $60,000 for a long-term transit  [ Read More ]

November 17, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert.  Kananaskis Country is a jewel – a large expanse of wilderness area preserved in its natural state for the enjoyment and use of outdoor enthusiasts and as a key habitat area for iconic species like grizzly bear and moose. It is also a provincially  [ Read More ]

November 16, 2016 – The Crag & Canyon. Story by Colette Derworiz.  As some federal officials work to determine how widespread whirling disease is across Alberta, others are considering whether they need to remove all of the fish or even drain Johnson Lake in Banff National Park. The first-ever case of the contagious fish disease  [ Read More ]

November 10, 2016 – Rocky Mountain outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis.  Banff’s mayor has taken her lobbying efforts all the way to the minister in charge of Parks Canada in hopes of getting park-and-ride lots to deal with anticipated soaring visitation for 2017 and beyond. Unsatisfied with responses from local Parks Canada officials, Mayor Karen  [ Read More ]

October 27, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Banff’s mayor has fired a shot at Parks Canada for failing to come to the table with real solutions on how to handle increased visitation and traffic next year when entry to Banff National Park is free. Getting nowhere with local Parks Canada managers  [ Read More ]

October 18, 2016 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. Glaciers in the Canadian Rockies are losing the all-important firn pack — the accumulation of older snow — at an accelerating rate, say scientists. The loss, which they say is difficult to recover from, has sped up in the past two years and explains why glaciers are disappearing. “If you look at a classic glacier,  [ Read More ]

October 12, 2016 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke. Twelve of Canada’s largest environmental groups issued a joint statement calling on the federal government to prohibit any future development in Canada’s national parks–but not everyone agrees. The group—which includes the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the David Suzuki Foundation—met with Parks Canada  [ Read More ]

September 29, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Buffalo berry bushes in several campgrounds in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks are being removed over the next couple of weeks in a bid to discourage bears from entering busy campsites next year like they did this year. In mid-September, Parks Canada began  [ Read More ]

September 27, 2016 – CBC News. Story by Robson Fletcher. ‘How much more is possible, we don’t know,’ says Banff park manager after another busy summer. Banff accommodations were nearly fully booked this summer as visitor numbers surged again, prompting Parks Canada to advise people planning trips for 2017 — when admission will be free — to  [ Read More ]

The Town of Banff is collecting feedback on the Long-Term Transportation Study and its proposed solutions to traffic congestions. The Study Of the 3.8 million visitors to Banff each year, 93% of them arrive in a personal vehicle. They want to explore the town, visit attractions, and experience the national park environment, including clean air. They  [ Read More ]

September 15, 2016 – Rocky mountain outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. Tourists visiting the community of Canmore in 2015 spent almost $1 million a day, with more than half of that being spent on food and accommodation. In 2015, according to a recently released Tourism Economic Impact Study which looked at Canmore, Banff and Jasper  [ Read More ]

September 7, 2016, The Fitzhugh – Story by Kayla Byrne. In hopes that one day the provincial government might help tourism-based communities tap into additional financial resources, Jasper, Banff and Canmore have collaborated on a study, which documents both the positive impacts and challenges of servicing visitor volumes that far exceed resident population. “Tourism benefits the  [ Read More ]

August 24, 2016 – The Crag and Canyon. Story by Michael Platt.  The conservation officer who helped to kill nine nuisance bears over three days in Revelstoke, B.C. says the carnage will likely continue in coming weeks, because the southeast British Columbia city has a serious problem with garbage and fruit trees. Dan Bartol, an  [ Read More ]

August 24, 2016 – The Crag and Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. A long-time Banff resident is urging for more action from community members to properly dispose of their garbage in the wake of concerning incidents involving wildlife in and around the town. Local artist and skateboarder Mark Carroll was walking past the garbage bins  [ Read More ]

August 26, 2016 – CBC News. Story by Ayesha Clough. Officials must stay on top of dealing with whirling disease in affected fish in Banff, says an American expert who have been dealing with the problem since the 1950s. The first known Canadian case of whirling disease was found in Johnson Lake in Banff National Park, which  [ Read More ]

August 25, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook.  Popular Johnson Lake in Banff, closed by Parks Canada for stated fish management purposes last week, has now been confirmed as having been affected by Whirling Disease. On Tuesday (Aug. 23), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed whirling disease, a fish disease that affects salmonoids, in the  [ Read More ]

August 18, 2016 – The Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The Town of Banff plans to launch a public consultation process this fall to get feedback on whether to pursue a mass transit system, either an aerial gondola or expanded ground transportation, to deal with the tourist town’s traffic troubles. The draft long-term  [ Read More ]

August 11, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Dave Whitfield. For most people, locals and visitors alike, spotting a grizzly bear in a mountain park setting may be the highlight of a visit, a hike, a summer, possibly of a lifetime. As an iconic symbol, a large, powerful grizzly speaks to illustrating the wild  [ Read More ]

Wildlife managers searching for wolf

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August 4, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. A young wolf that got into food and garbage left out by campers at Two Jack Lake will likely be put down in what will be yet another blow to the troubled Bow Valley pack that has lost several members this year. Parks Canada  [ Read More ]

July 22, 2016 – Casey Peirce.  Infrastructure Update – Banff National Park (by Superintendent Dave McDonough) Trans Canada paving nearing completion planned for end of July Wildlife fencing replacement underway including fencing repair and apron installs Trees cleared to open up ditch to improve traffic line of sight for wildlife safety Altalink tower replacement will  [ Read More ]

July 22, 2016 – CBC News. Story by David Bell.  Two bear attacks on humans in two days has some southern Alberta outdoor enthusiasts on high alert but they are confident that education is the best way to stay calm and hike on. Calgary resident Ellen Pennock loves hiking in the Canmore area. She says  [ Read More ]

July 14, 2016 – Toronto Sun. Story by Kenneth Green Just in time for Canada Parks Day (July 16) — an environmental group has produced a report raising an alarm about the state of Canada’s parks. The report by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), entitled “Protecting Canada’s National Parks — A Call for  [ Read More ]

July 12, 2016 – Casey Peirce, AMPPE. First and foremost, we need to remember that Parks are for the people. Canadians and visitors from all over the world come to experience what Canada has to offer and a big part of that is a natural, wild, eco-friendly experience. Which is exactly what we as a  [ Read More ]

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