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July 16, 2014 – The Crag & Canyon. Story by Justin Parsons. Parks Canada officials are hoping repairs to damaged sections of the Legacy Trail can be completed by the end of August. During last year’s flood event, TransAlta was forced to open the spillway at Lake Minnewanka, resulting in huge volumes of water washing  [ Read More ]

July 10, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. Three more black bears have been struck and killed by vehicles travelling through the mountain national parks since last Tuesday, July 1. It brings the total number of black bears killed this year to nine, prompting Parks Canada officials to again remind motorists travelling  [ Read More ]

July 03, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Parks Canada has confirmed a grizzly bear was struck by a train in Banff National Park – but can’t say whether the bruin died or survived. Officials say Canadian Pacific Railway reported a grizzly bear may have been struck on the railway line east  [ Read More ]

July 02, 2104 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Trevor Nichols. Ski Marmot Basin put the details of its long-range plan on display June 24, in an open house at the Lobstick Lodge in Jasper. The open house was the second held in two days (the first one was in Edmonton), and provided a way for  [ Read More ]

June 25, 2014 – Revelstoke Times Review. Story by Kevin Bollefer, Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild. On May 24th, exactly two months after 12 local mountain caribou were placed in their trial maternity pen, project personnel started to see the fruits of their labour. The first caribou calf was born by a happy and  [ Read More ]

June 25, 2014 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Nicole Veerman. In an effort to bring the province’s tourism industry up to $10.3 billion by 2020, Travel Alberta is turning its sights to the digital world and the international traveller. In a presentation at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, June 17, Travel Alberta’s Cameron Spence spoke  [ Read More ]

June 26, 2014 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Nicole Veerman. On June 25, Ski Marmot Basin held an open house in Jasper to show off the details of its long-range plan. Attendance was sparse, with Marmot representatives outnumbering curious Jasperites the whole night. Looking around Lobstick Lodge as he filled out a questionnaire, attendee Todd  [ Read More ]

Rocky Mountain caribou need our help

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May 14, 2014 – The Fitzhugh. Editorial by Nicole Veerman. It’s no secret that Jasper’s caribou are in dire straits. They have been classified as threatened for more than a decade, and they were likely threatened well before that—since it was only the creation of the Species at Risk Act that resulted in their official  [ Read More ]

Bad week for bears in Banff area

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June 19, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. It’s been a tough and deadly week for black bears in the mountain national parks. Three black bears were killed on the roads and railway line in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks, a fourth bruin is possibly dead after getting hit by a  [ Read More ]

June 04, 2014 – Canmore Leader. Story by Justin Parsons. Canmore Business and Tourism and the Town of Canmore are taking a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of holding special events in Canmore’s downtown area. As part of a larger study on special events in Canmore, a survey was issued to downtown Business  [ Read More ]

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – The Crag & Canyon. Story by Michelle Ferguson.   It’s no secret that parking and congestion are at the top of the town’s priority list, but the arsenal of tools Banff has to coax people out of their cars may surprise you. In order to encourage active transportation and free  [ Read More ]

May 28, 2014 – The Crag & Canyon. Officials are encouraging hikers to take extra precaution as weather and snow levels lag behind their usual spring state. Public safety specialist Jeremy MacKenzie said that conditions in the valley aren’t where they normally would be at this time of year, making some hiking and scrambling routes  [ Read More ]

May 19, 2014 – The Star. Story by Jim Byers. JASPER to CANMORE, ALBERTA. A gorgeous lodge that manages the perfect balance of rustic and luxury. One of the world’s top drives. A brand new, thrilling tourist attraction just down the road from an old favourite. And a killer, Southeast Asian style meal waiting at  [ Read More ]

May 15, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. An expert on how to make North American communities more bicycle friendly says there are a number of ways both the private and public sector in Canmore can make the town more bike friendly and thus increase tourism. April Economides, president of Green Octopus  [ Read More ]

May 15, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Letter to the editor by Rick Kunelius. Mountain caribou in the central populations of B.C. and Alberta have been declared endangered. After a century of clearcut logging and hunting, the lights went on about 20 years ago and managers became concerned. The Species at Risk Recovery program is  [ Read More ]

April 28, 2014 – Calgary Sun. Story by Michael Platt. It’s a desecration, pure, pixelated and simple. Perhaps the next step for Parks Canada is installing windowless basements or corporate cubicles in the midst of the mountains, but for now, a wireless wilderness is plenty bad enough. That’s the plan, as backwards as progress sometimes  [ Read More ]

May 08, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Parks Canada has successfully burned a fireguard in the lead-up to a prescribed fire in the Bow Valley – but plans for the main fire are delayed until the weather improves. Fire crews burned a total of 42 hectares on the north side of  [ Read More ]

May 08, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. With bears emerging from their dens as spring arrives in the Rockies, conservation officers in Kananaskis Country are getting ready to begin their annual aversive conditioning program. The program targets grizzly bears in the provincial park that feed on the side of the road  [ Read More ]

Sawback prescribed fire planned

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May 1, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Parks Canada began pre-burn work for a prescribed fire in the Bow Valley this week. A fireguard burn in preparation for a prescribed fire in the Sawback Range west of Banff started Wednesday (April 30). Smoke was expected to be visible, but minimal, in  [ Read More ]

April 24, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Two areas in Banff National Park are closed to the public to protect denning wolves. The closures at Hillsdale Split on Bow Valley Parkway and on the Fairholme Bench south of Johnson Lake went into effect April 15 and will remain in effect until  [ Read More ]

April 17, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Rob Alexander. Unlike Max, who travelled “through the night and day and in and out of weeks and almost a year to where the wild things are,” ecologist John Paczkowski can find the wild things with a click of the mouse – thanks to wildlife cameras.  [ Read More ]

April 10, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Parks Canada plans to capture and collar more grizzly bears this spring as part of a project to stop the ongoing deaths of the threatened species on the train tracks in Banff and Yoho national parks. Five grizzlies still had functioning GPS collars when  [ Read More ]

April 3, 2014 -  Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. Cougar populations in Western Canada are expanding and growing as a result of changing perceptions society has about the large carnivores. Puma concolor have historically been viewed as pests, said cougar researcher Kyle Knopff at the most recent Wildsmart speaker’s series. But that perception  [ Read More ]

March 27, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Cascade Lodge No. 5, known locally as the Masonic Hall, is one of Banff’s many heritage resources and come April 1 it will be under new ownership. Banff Masons are donating the lodge and the lease for the triangular piece of property it sits on bounded by Lynx,  [ Read More ]

Appeals against Goat’s Eye dropped

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March 20, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. Two separate appeals against a decision by Parks Canada to conditionally approve plans for Sunshine Village to develop a new Goat’s Eye Lodge have been dropped. Both the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Sunshine appealed the decision of Banff Field Unit Superintendent  [ Read More ]



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