Sunshine ski resort owner gets unfair offer he can’t refuse from feds

By Licia Corbella, Opinion Columnist- The Calgary Herald, 01/23/19. The Collins dictionary defines extortion as “the crime of obtaining something from someone, especially money, by using force or threats.” Parks Canada, then, may have just become this country’s largest extortionist. On Monday, Ralph Scurfield, president and CEO of Sunshine Village — the ski resort he […]

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Icefields Trail Project Abandoned

By Cathy Ellis, Rocky Mountain Outlook, 25/01/19. Banff– A controversial $86.4 million bike trail in Jasper National Plan is officially off the table. Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 23), the federal government announced it wouldn’t be proceeding with the 107-kilometre paved trail between Jasper and the Columbia Icefield. There were plans to eventually extend the trail to […]

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Creating a Bighorn Country for all Albertans

November 23, 2018 Alberta is consulting on a proposal for Bighorn Country that would conserve natural landscapes while boosting economic development, tourism and recreation. Premier Notley and Minister Phillips announce consultation plans for Bighorn Country at the Van Vliet Complex on the University of Alberta campus. Located between Banff and Jasper national parks, Bighorn Country includes […]

2 months, 8 days ago
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National Parks proving less popular once Canada 150 free entry ended

BY MIA RABSON-November 18th, 2018- NATIONAL POST Pedestrians cross the street in Banff National Park.Jeff McIntosh / THE CANADIAN PRESS / THE CANADIAN PRESS   OTTAWA — If you make it free, they will come. Parks Canada’s free entry program for the country’s 150th birthday saw Canadians and other visitors flock to national parks and […]

2 months, 27 days ago
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Solution to Congestion in Banff Proving Successful

BY CATHY ELLIS OCT 11, 2018- Rocky Mountain Outlook  BANFF – The soaring popularity of Banff National Park has reignited a decades-old debate over limits to the number of people at certain iconic tourist hot spots like Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. Some conservationists are calling on Parks Canada to set limits on the number of […]

3 months, 27 days ago
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AMPPE Gala November 10th: A White Party Celebrating Winter!

The Association for Mountain Parks Protection & Enjoyment (AMPPE) is excited to announce our 18th annual fundraising Gala! This year, we are celebrating Winter in the Rocky Mountains with a White Party, which will take place at the Van Horne ballroom at the Fairmont Banff Springs on Saturday, November 10th. As the title of the […]

4 months, 14 days ago
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AMPPE: Don’t fret about too much love for Banff

CALGARY HERALD Updated: September 1, 2018 – by Casey Peirce – Re: “Should visitors be capped for stressed Banff National Park?,” Aug. 27.The article stating Banff National Park needs a holiday from humans last week is ludicrous. More and more, we have been hearing this propaganda in the news. It’s past time that we acknowledge that […]

5 months, 12 days ago
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AMPPE’s Summer Newsletter is out… so much news to share!

Happy Summer AMPPE Members!  Read more below about how have launched a new website and brand to spread the word of our expanded mission, vision and mandate. AMPPE has always stood for the balance of sustainable tourism, ecological integrity and positive visitor experience and this will not change. We will however be playing a bigger […]

5 months, 24 days ago
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Sunshine Village wants to remove regulatory clouds

Calgary Herald – Ralph Scurfield – Updated: August 11, 2018 For 90 years, skiers young and old and their families have enjoyed the magic of the Sunshine Village national park experience. Our family has nurtured the iconic Rocky Mountain resort under the theme Mankind and Nature in Harmony for nearly four decades. Sunshine resort, already […]

6 months, 3 days ago
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Best Spots for Paddling in Banff National Park

August 1st, 2018 – by Meghan J. Ward – Banff, AB –  You can’t get a more Canadian destination than Banff, and you can’t get a more Canadian activity than canoeing. So, we figured there’s no better tribute than to pair these two together! Whether the canoe is your chosen mode of water transport, or you’re […]

6 months, 17 days ago
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Love to ski in Banff? Talk with Parks about the future of Sunshine Village Ski Area online or in person

July 25 – Banff, AB – Parks Canada Want to participate online? read the documents, submit comments and take the survey at: Whether you regularly play in the mountains, or simply have an interest in the management of Canada’s national parks, have your say and help Parks Canada plan for the future operation of the […]

6 months, 24 days ago
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Bow Valley Parkway, Kicking Horse Campground and Silverhorn Campground – Reopening

July 20, 2018 – Parks Canada. What’s happening? The Bow Valley Parkway (1A) and newly redesigned Silverhorn Campground on the Icefields Parkway will fully re-open Saturday, July 21. Kicking Horse Campground in Yoho National Park will reopen on Tuesday, July 24.   What you need to know All businesses and attractions on the Bow Valley […]

6 months, 26 days ago
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