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 […]

8 months, 5 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 […]

8 months, 11 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 […]

9 months, 2 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 […]

9 months, 7 days 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 […]

9 months, 14 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 […]

10 months, 6 days 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 […]

10 months, 7 days 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 […]

10 months, 25 days ago
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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 […]

11 months, 1 day ago
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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 […]

11 months, 4 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 […]

11 months, 15 days ago
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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 […]

11 months, 16 days ago
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