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By Gloria Dickie – Canadian Geographic December 4, 2017 From a distance, the grey cement bridge looks unremarkable. Two tunnels on either side of the Trans-Canada Highway arc in semi-circles that end bluntly on the pavement below. But on top, away from passing motorists’ eyes, lies a grassy oasis. Against the odds, pine trees and wildflowers  [ Read More ]

June 8, 2017 – In 2013, heavy rains in southern Alberta caused flooding along the Bow River that resulted in damage to facilities in the Kananaskis Region, including the Three Sisters campground. As a result of flood damage, Alberta Parks proposed to remove Three Sisters campground infrastructure and establish a day use facility at the  [ Read More ]

Rocky Mountain Outlook Letter to the Editor by AMPPE Board Member Crosbie Cotton regarding Sunshine Parking Solutions: When congestion recently became a problem impacting the quality of the visitor experience at La Mauricie National Park in Quebec, Parks Canada’s ecologist team leader determined “two new parking lots will be added to the infrastructures of St-Mathieu-du-Parc  [ Read More ]

Economic Development a Challenge in Mountain Towns

Friday May 12, 2017 Parks Canada is leading a coordinated approach to make it easier to visit Banff National Park car-free this summer. This summer, visitors can travel from Calgary to visit Lake Minnewanka, Lake Louise and the Town of Banff all without a car. Why? New transit options will allow more visitors to experience  [ Read More ]

May 1, 2017 – The Treehugger. Story by Katherine Martinko.  A proposed trail linking Banff and Jasper is being criticized for potential environmental damage. Never mind the thousands of cars that travel the same route each day. Parks Canada has come up with a fantastic idea that will make every cyclist’s heart leap for joy.  [ Read More ]

April 27, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Jordan Small. An elated “woohoo” slipped from the mouth of Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen at an announcement Tuesday (April 25) that proposed up to 900 new parking spaces to be added inside the Banff townsite. Liricon Capital Ltd. is proposing plans to regenerate Banff’s rail lands  [ Read More ]

April 27, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis.  A weekend trial transit service between Calgary and Banff to help alleviate traffic congestion nightmares in Banff National Park this summer is rolling out. A draft plan for the service, presented to Banff council on Monday (April 24), indicates 55-seat coaches would run between  [ Read More ]

April 26, 2017 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke.  A federally registered lobbying organization with ties to some of the biggest businesses and organizations in Banff National Park recently launched a slick new website in support of the proposed Icefields Trail project. The website claims to be backed by a group called the “Icefields  [ Read More ]

April 22, 2017 – Parks Canada Agency. On April 22 (Earth Day), 2017, the first bison calf was born in Banff’s backcountry in over 140 years. Parks Canada anticipates that as many as 10 calves will be born throughout the end of April and May 2017. To minimize disturbance on the recently reintroduced and still  [ Read More ]

April 20, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis.  Parks Canada plans to have a free shuttle service between Banff and Lake Louise this summer, as well as the Minnewanka Loop, to deal with anticipated traffic and congestion nightmares in the national park. The federal agency has put out two requests for proposal  [ Read More ]

April 19, 2017 – The Crag and Canyon. Story by Michele Jarvie.  Three years after losing a court battle over parking restrictions, Sunshine Village Ski Resort is going back to court — and this time it’s asking the public to get behind its dispute with Parks Canada. The resort has filed for a judicial review  [ Read More ]

March 7, 2017 – Parks Canada Agency In July 2015, the Government of Canada announced significant investments for Waterton Lakes National Park totalling $107.5 million. $7.6 million was identified for a new Visitor Reception Centre (VRC) for the park as part of this investment program. Based on a review of a range of options for  [ Read More ]

April 2017 Parks Canada is exploring the creation of an environmentally-friendly bike and walking pathway from the Columbia Icefield to Jasper.  The Government of Canada announced funding for a proposed recreational trail project with Budget 2016. The project concept arises from the Icefields Parkway Strategic Concept (2009) which was guided by a steering committee with  [ Read More ]

TAKING ACTION TODAY: ESTABLISHING PROTECTED AREAS FOR CANADA’S FUTURE Report of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development (Abridged for relevance to mountain parks) Author: Deborah Schulte Chair Recommendation # 28: The Committee recommends that Parks Canada Agency adhere to existing limits placed on development as outlined in legislation or in management plans, guidelines  [ Read More ]

March 30, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Wolf activity increased slightly this winter around the periphery of Canmore where a wary Banff wolf pack has been travelling and hunting. The Fairholme wolf pack is seldom seen, but remote cameras in Canmore and GPS collar data from Parks Canada show the pack  [ Read More ]

About the Icefields Trail The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in the world, offering visitors vistas of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, glacier-fed rivers and lakes. It also provides an opportunity to glimpse some notable Rocky Mountain wildlife, such as mountain goats, bighorn sheep, wolves, black bears and eagles. As part of  [ Read More ]

March 29, 2017 – The Lethbridge Herald. Story by Dave Mabell. A paved highway and a fresh water supply will soon welcome visitors to the Castle Mountain Resort and the province’s new Castle River provincial parks. Engineers’ planning for $20-million worth of projects will begin shortly, says Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips. Paving Highway 774  [ Read More ]

March 23, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis.  An historic avalanche cycle, which led to the deaths of two American tourists who were out snowshoeing in Banff National Park last week, has prompted a warning for outdoor enthusiasts to keep out of avalanche terrain. Massive natural slides ran everywhere throughout the national  [ Read More ]

March 22, 2017 – The Crag and Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. Town of Banff officials met with Federal Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna two weeks ago to discuss vehicular congestion management in the townsite with a focus on how vehicles will impact both the town and the national park in 2017. With the  [ Read More ]

March 22, 2017 – The Jasper Fitzhugh.  For as long as Jasper has existed, blaming Parks Canada for the town’s woes has become part and parcel with living in our tiny mountain community. For many it’s as common as talking about the weather or discussing what you had for lunch. For others it’s become a  [ Read More ]

March 16, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. As Parks Canada gets public feedback on an $87 million paved bike trail along the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to the Columbia Icefield, the federal agency is also gearing for a plan to extend the trail to Lake Louise. Parks Canada officials say, based  [ Read More ]

March 15, 2017 – The Crag and Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz.  Federal Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna outlined that the protection of ecological integrity in national parks must be a key priority in future decisions made by Parks Canada in a speech given in Banff on Friday. The minister said that all who  [ Read More ]

March 7, 2017 – Revelstoke Mountaineer. Story by Aaron Orlando. We sat down with Revelstoke Adventure Park CEO Jason Roe to find out the next steps for the ambitious project now that it’s received tenure from the B.C. government. In February, the B.C. government announced that the Revelstoke Adventure Park proponents had been granted a  [ Read More ]

February 8, 2017 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Paul Clarke.  Some of Jasper’s most beloved backcountry trails will get some much needed repairs over the next few years. The Skyline, Tonquin and Brazeau Loop trails, as well as backcountry areas on Maligne Lake, are all high on the priority list to be fixed and repaired. “We  [ Read More ]

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