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Januray 13, 2017 – Brewster Travel Canada. Story by Stuart Back. The Banff Fire Department receives hundreds of calls every year to deal with fire and rescue situations and they mainly seem to come in the middle of the night or when the weather is at its worst. Whenever the pagers go off, the volunteer  [ Read More ]

December 31, 2016 – Edmonton Journal. Story by Emma Graney Just before the fall session wrapped up, Banff-Cochrane NDP MLA Cameron Westhead made a private member’s motion asking the government to take action to conserve headwaters. Water from mountains and hills of the Rocky Mountains account for 80 per cent of Alberta’s water. Downstream, Saskatchewan and Manitoba count  [ Read More ]

January 6, 2017 – Jasper – By Paul Clarke, Jasper Fitzhugh. A controversial project to build a paved bike trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefields will cost significantly more than first thought. According to Parks Canada, the proposed trail will cost an extra $20.5 million, which it will pay through its infrastructure investment program.  [ Read More ]

January 2nd, 2017, BANFF – By Daniel Katz, Bow Valley Crag & Canyon The cause of Thursday’s Mount Royal Hotel fire was determined by investigators to be a direct flame impingement onto combustible material due to a propane torch. The roof of the 50-year-old structure was undergoing significant renovations. The new roof was being refinished  [ Read More ]

December 23rd – Banff – Parks Canada – Trails in Banff National Park (BNP) are multi-use. Parks Canada wants to provide the best winter opportunities possible for a variety of users with a limited amount of trail inventory. Winter trail recommendations are included below for each user type. Cooperation and respect for all trail users,  [ Read More ]

December 13, 2015 – Banff – The Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. The Bow Valley’s hospitality and tourism sector is praising the federal government’s reversal of a controversial rule that limited how long temporary foreign workers can stay in Canada. The cumulative duration rule, also known as the “four-in-four-out” rule, was introduced by  [ Read More ]

December 08, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The Town of Banff is getting millions of dollars in grant money to build park-and-ride lots and buy a fleet of buses to shuttle visitors downtown – but it has no approval from Parks Canada to move ahead. The municipality will see close to  [ Read More ]

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 ]

December 1, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert.  Just when you were getting used to the idea that Canmore Business and Tourism was going to cease operations, the organizational structure of the destination marketing organization has been resurrected, with a new board of directors made up entirely of hotel sector representatives. At  [ 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 ]

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