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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 ]

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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 ]

July 6, 2016 – Jasper Fitzhugh. The recent announcement of federal funding dedicated toward the creation of a trail between the town of Jasper and the Columbia Icefields (possibly to Lake Louise) has brought quite a bit of excitement to our mountain community. So far the response has been incredibly positive, indicating that there is definitely  [ Read More ]

June 30, 2016 – The Crag and Canyon – story by Colette Derworiz. Grizzly bears are flocking to southern Alberta, says a new study. The southwest Alberta grizzly bear monitoring project, coordinated by the University of Alberta’s Andrea Morehouse, took hair samples from private and public lands in the part of the province known as Bear  [ Read More ]

June 25, 2016 – Banff. An online traffic dashboard has been developed to show approximate travel times to locations across the bridge and back downtown, along with traffic camera images and available parking spaces at the Bear Street Parkade and the lot at the corner of Beaver and Buffalo streets. The dashboard can be found  [ Read More ]

June 29, 2016 – Travel Alberta. In 2016 Parks Canada, in collaboration with businesses and organizations in the Bow Valley, will help improve the visitor experience in the Lake Louise area by providing: Daily traffic flaggers to manage traffic flow at key intersections in the Village of Lake Louise and in the Upper Lake Louise  [ Read More ]

As one of the largest federal custodians, Parks Canada manages a variety of real property and infrastructure assets. In Banff National Park, the infrastructure portfolio is wide-ranging and includes assets such as highways, bridges, contemporary and historic buildings, trails, campgrounds, water and wastewater treatment facilities, visitor centres and operations compounds. Parks Canada’s Federal Infrastructure Investment  [ Read More ]

June 09, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Jordan Small An “extremely bold” wolf that was recently approaching people in Banff National Park has been killed. Parks Canada officials said they made the “difficult decision” to shoot and kill the alpha female of the Bow Valley wolf pack Tuesday (June 7) as a precaution,  [ Read More ]

June 07, 2016 – Calgary Herald. Story by Michele Jarvie Rafting companies in Golden are predicting serious financial consequences if the stalemate with Canadian Pacific isn’t quickly resolved, and the area MP is threatening to raise the issue in Parliament. CP has installed a gate on the only access road to the Lower Canyon of the  [ Read More ]

May 12, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Canadian Pacific Railway has backed away from a decision to deny access to the famed lower section of the Kicking Horse River near Golden, B.C., a move that is welcomed by Banff and Lake Louise rafting companies. The railway giant announced last month it  [ Read More ]

April 13, 2016 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke. The cap limit to hire temporary foreign workers was temporarily removed late last month to help businesses in tourism destinations meet their labour needs this summer. The change means tourism businesses will now be able to hire TFWs beyond the government’s 10 per cent limit  [ Read More ]

April 2, 2016 – Golden Star. Loss of access to the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River has resulted in a groundswell of support for whitewater rafters and kayakers as Golden and area residents take action to protect access to this vital part of the community, says Mayor of Golden Ron Oszust. “Along with  [ Read More ]

February 18, 2016 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke. Three backcountry users were fined $1,500 each after pleading guilty to entering areas closed for the protection of Jasper National Park’s dwindling caribou herds. The charges relate to two separate incidents, one on the Signal Fire Road and another at Bald Hills. Jerome Ouellet and  [ Read More ]

March 6, 2016 – The Crag & Canyon. Story by Bill Kaufmann & Taylor Lambert. Siksika Nation members voted Friday in favour of a $123 million deal that sees them give up claims to the Castle Mountain area in Banff National Park. A total of 3,444 votes were cast, with 2,577 in favour of the  [ Read More ]

February 24, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The number of wildlife occurrences in Banff National Park, including encounters with bears, continues to increase at the same time the number of visitors to Canada’s flagship national park soars. Last year, Banff National Park recorded 1,659 wildlife occurrences compared to 1,558 the year before.  [ Read More ]

February 27, 2016 – The Crag & Canyon. Story by Colette Derworiz. New research suggests the backcountry area where Banff National Park plans to reintroduce wild bison could handle up to 1,280 animals, which would make it one of the largest free-ranging bison populations in North America. The peer-reviewed study, published this week in the online  [ Read More ]

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 ]

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