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Falling loonie spurs U.S. tourism

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August 25, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Amy van den Berg. As the Canadian dollar hits an 11-year low and feels the impact of diminished crude oil and commodity prices, Alberta’s main tourist destination is booming. The low dollar has impacted Canadian businesses and consumer spending throughout the country, while tourism  [ Read More ]

August 6, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. The controversial site development and use guidelines for the Lake Louise Ski Area were approved by Parks Canada on Saturday. Parks made the announcement quietly through a posting on its website. The approval means Lake Louise can begin the first stage of  [ Read More ]

August 12, 2015 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Nicole Veerman. Jasper has a lot of selling points, but one of the biggest is our wildlife. Bears, elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goats all make the tourist checklist, as people scour the landscape in search of their prize. The challenge is, it’s not enough for people  [ Read More ]

August 12, 2015 – Bow Valley Crag & Canyon. Story by Daniel Katz. Luke Sunderland, Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer of the Banff Centre, is the first and only person so far to throw his hat in the ring to represent Banff as a trustee on the CRPS school board. A by-election will take place on  [ Read More ]

July 31, 2015 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. A $107 million cash injection into Waterton Lakes National Park will allow for work along several roadways — including Akamina Parkway and Chief Mountain Highway — and improvements to the Cameron Lake day use area. It also includes the construction of a new visitor’s reception centre  [ Read More ]

July 16, 2015 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. A female wolf has been struck and killed on Highway 93N, prompting officials to remind motorists to use caution on the roadways through the national parks. On July 9, resource conservation staff responded to a report of a dead wolf about 10 kilometers south of Weeping  [ Read More ]

Bear 144 euthanized near Sundre

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July 29, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. One of Banff National Park’s former research grizzly bears has been euthanized after killing sheep and llamas near Sundre. Bear 144, the four-and-a-half-year-old male offspring of bear 64, the famed former matriarch of the Bow Valley before her death in 2013, and bear 122,  [ Read More ]

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 ]



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