Banff National Park saw increased traffic in 2017 thanks to free parks pass


January 3, 2018. The Crag and Canyon. Story by Chris Nelson.  The popular year-long program allowing visitors to enter Banff National Park for free has earned more than just a passing grade. The free parks pass initiative, which was put in place across Canada as part of the nation’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017, is […]

7 months, 12 days ago
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As Banff’s famed wildlife overpasses turn 20, the world looks to Canada for conservation inspiration


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 […]

7 months, 27 days ago
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New electoral district for Banff-Kananaskis


October 26, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert.    The electoral boundaries commission has released its final report and with it comes a recommendation to create a riding for the Bow Valley that keeps tourism-based communities and parks together. The new riding of Banff-Kananaskis was proposed in the report, after a Banff-Stoney […]

9 months, 14 days ago
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Fire-ravaged Mount Royal to reopen next summer


October 26, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis.  Banff’s landmark Mount Royal Hotel is set to reopen next summer following a devastating fire in December 2016. The $45 million redevelopment plans for the 109-year-old hotel, which were unveiled by owners Brewster Travel Canada on Thursday (Oct. 19), include restoration of the façade […]

9 months, 20 days ago
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Former AMPPE Board Member Bill Selby Passes


The Association for Mountain Parks Protection & Enjoyment is saddened by the news of Bill Selby’s passing. Bill was a longtime member of AMPPE. He served on our board for more than 10 years and was a strong individual supporter throughout our 23 year history. Our thoughts are with Bill’s family and friends at this […]

9 months, 30 days ago
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Transit saves the summer season in Banff


October 5, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Banff was crazy busy this summer, but local authorities say public transit in the townsite and surrounding national park saved the day. The number of vehicles entering and exiting Banff in July and August was 1.7 million, a seven per cent increase over the […]

10 months, 5 days ago
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Bear warning: Saving the Banff-Yoho grizzlies


September 19, 2017 – CBC News Calgary. Story by Carolyn Dunn.  It is the black of night. A Canadian Pacific train barrels down the tracks in Banff National Park. As it rounds the curve on the track, the light on the front of the locomotive illuminates an animal on the tracks. As the train speeds […]

10 months, 26 days ago
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Tourism communities still struggle to be understood by Province


September 14, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert.  Despite over a decade of lobbying provincial officials and producing report after report to support their position, officials in tourism-based communities like Canmore and Banff still struggle to have their issues understood by the provincial government. Minister of Municipal Affairs Shaye Anderson was in […]

11 months, 1 day ago
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Paved bike trail may be on hold


September 7, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. The future of a controversial $86.4 million paved bike trail between Jasper and the Columbia Icefield, eventually extending to Lake Louise, appears somewhat uncertain due to funding. Money set aside in the 2016 federal budget for a 107-kilometre long multi-purpose trail from Jasper to […]

11 months, 8 days ago
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National park’s temporary closure due to overcrowding, not expected to happen elsewhere, Parks says


August 10th, 2017 – CBC News Calgary. Story by Ryan Rumbolt.  The temporary closure of a national park in Alberta due to overwhelming numbers of visitors was the exception, not a sign of the future, says Parks Canada — and unlikely ever to happen in parks like Banff despite the flood of guests lured by free […]

1 year ago
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Calgary to Banff shuttle bus service may be extended through fall and winter


August 7th, 2017 – CBC News Calgary. Story by Dave Dormer.  Ridership on the regional bus service launched between Calgary and Banff this summer has driven past expectations and officials are now considering extending operations through fall and winter. “Right from the first day, the weekends have been steadily improving,” said Ettore Iannacito, regional transportation […]

1 year, 1 day ago
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Poll shows Albertans support protecting K-Country from logging


July 25, 2017 – CBC News Calgary. A new poll shows high levels of support in Calgary and rural towns for protecting Kananaskis Country, along with strong opposition to logging in the area. The random telephone and cellphone survey was commissioned by the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative based in Canmore. It found 68 per […]

1 year, 19 days ago
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