Parks Canada spending icefields trail money outside Jasper National Park


By Craig Gilbert, The Fitzhugh, 14/02/19. Rare stallions on Sable Island, a national park reserve off the coast of Nova Scotia. Parks Canada is using money earmarked for a trail in Jasper National Park to clean the tiny island up. | Paul Gierszewski/from Wikimedia Commons photo. Surprise and disappointment took hold alongside the frigid cold […]

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Resort municipality status remains elusive 10 years on


By Paul Clarke, Rocky Mountain Outlook, 14/02/19. The red line indicates the visitation for 2018, while the gray ribbon is the historical minimum and maximum visitation from 2014-18. Banff’s visitation was on average 2.7 percent lower than from 2017’s high. Photo credit: Aryn Toombs RMO Illustration. Source: Alberta government   For more than 10 years […]

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From grizzly bears to jaguars: How wildlife mitigation in the Bow Valley inspired the world


BY JENNA DULEWICH, Rocky Mountain Outlook, 25/02/19. A wildlife overpass stands as the only safe passage across the Trans-Canada Highway near the junction of the Icefields Parkway at Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Photo credit: RMO File Photo   Why did the grizzly bear cross the road? Perhaps to find a mate, but a […]

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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 […]

3 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 […]

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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 […]

4 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 […]

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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 […]

6 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 […]

6 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 […]

7 months, 3 days ago
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