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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 ]

June 17, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Business and user groups are voicing support for expansion plans for the Lake Louise ski area, while conservationists are worried about the ecological effects of more commercial development and increased skier capacity in Canada’s flagship national park. The former boss of Banff National Park  [ Read More ]

June 16, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Thank you for providing the new draft Site Guidelines for the future of the Lake Louise Ski Area that were released last week for public input. The Site Guidelines very adequately establish the scope and conditions for potential future development of the Lake Louise Ski Area,  [ Read More ]

June 10, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The number of tourists to visit Banff National Park was up 10.4 per cent to 3.6 million visitors last year – the busiest in 15 years for Canada’s flagship national park. According to figures released by Parks Canada, the number of people entering the  [ Read More ]

May 14, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. The first black bear of 2015 has been struck and killed on a highway in the mountain national parks this week. On Wednesday (May 13), the adult female was hit at approximately 6 a.m. near the Olive Lake area in Kootenay National Park according  [ Read More ]

April 30, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Michelle Ferguson. With the initial cleanup phase complete, CP now turns its attention to restoring the aquatic and riparian habitats that were damaged when 15 cars jumped the tracks just west of Banff, spilling lentils, soybeans and fly ash in and around 40 Mile  [ Read More ]

April 28, 2015 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Nicole Veerman. An errant spark off a CN Rail line created a five-hectare wildfire in the east end of the park on April 27, burning grass and a few trees south of Snake Indian River, across the valley from Highway 16. “[CN] was doing some work on  [ Read More ]

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 ]

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