Verdant Creek fire continues to burn wild


July 20, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Fire crews continue to battle an out-of-control wildfire in Kootenay National Park, working hard to keep the fire out of the Bow Valley and to protect backcountry businesses and public facilities. The lightning-sparked Verdant Creek fire has also prompted an outright fire ban in […]

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Grizzly population stable in area mountain parks


July 13, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis.  The grizzly bear population in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks is stable, according to researchers who have developed a new, cost-effective way of monitoring wildlife populations. A study published in June highlights a new way to estimate population abundance, using existing data from […]

1 year, 29 days ago
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Westhead announces more Kananaskis funding


July 5th, 2017 – The Crag and Canyon. Story by Spencer Van Dyk.  Banff-Cochrane MLA Cam Westhead announced Wednesday that the provincial government will give an additional $18.7-million for projects to improve Kananaskis region parks. The funding is in addition to a $9.7-million commitment from last year, Westhead said. “This investment will allow the region […]

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Kananaskis revitalized by funding boost


June 28th, 2017 – Alberta Government – Visitors to Kananaskis this long weekend will enjoy improved campsites, upgraded infrastructure and more parking. Government investment in Alberta Parks in the Kananaskis Region will create and enhance the visitor experience. The province earmarked $18.7 million this year towards improving amenities in the nearly 60 parks and protected areas […]

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Parking restrictions Enacted by Parks Canada at Key Tourist Areas in Banff – Plan Ahead


June 21st, 2017 – Crag and Canyon – If you are looking to visit Lake Minnewanka, Johnston Canyon, Bourgeau or Red Earth you better plan ahead. This week, Parks Canada began implementing roadside parking restrictions at day use and trailhead areas, citing “safety of visitors and wildlife” as the main reason. No parking and stopping […]

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Update on Yoho Valley Road to Takakkaw Falls – Opening Tomorrow Saturday, June 24th


What is happening? Parks Canada highway crews have now cleared the road and the Yoho Valley Road to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park will open tomorrow, June 24, 2017. Why is this important? Though the Yoho Valley Road is opening, snow is still present in high altitude areas of the mountain national parks. We […]

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Status Update: Yoho Valley Road to Takakkaw Falls Late Opening


What is happening? Due to  larger than average avalanche debris on the upper Yoho Valley Road we are unable to open this area of Yoho National Park at this time.  Parks Canada staff are working hard to assess and remove the debris. We appreciate your patience, the upper Yoho Valley Road will open when it […]

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Parks Canada Releases Summary from 19th Annual Banff Planning Forum


June 7, 2017 – Parks Canada –  The summary report from the 19th Annual Banff Planning Forum held February 9-10, 2017 has been released. AMPPE was one of the key stakeholders invited to attend and was an active participant in the two days of discussion, storytelling and planning for the future of Banff National Park. […]

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Decision to Restore Three Sisters Campground to Pre-flood Condition in Bow Valley Provincial Park


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 […]

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Province marks Tourism Week and record numbers


June 3, 2017 – Travel Alberta -Newly released data from the Alberta Tourism Market Monitor shows the province’s national parks experienced record visitation in 2016 – the highest since 2004 – and the Alberta Resorts region also set a record high occupancy rate last year. Banff welcomed about four million visitors (including group tours), up […]

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Changes to Fishing Regulations in the Mountain National Parks and Closures in response to Whirling Disease in Banff National Park


What’s happening? ·        In an effort to reduce the impacts of whirling disease (WD), which is not harmful to humans but can have significant effects on some fish populations, Parks Canada has made significant changes to its Mountain Park Fishing Regulations. This includes catch and release angling only within Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks with […]

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Letter: Treat Banff Operations as in Other National Parks


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 […]

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