Alberta government cracks down on bad behavior on public land

Campers who have been pitching their tents on Crown land in the Waiparous area west of Calgary say it’s a spectacular getaway, but they could do without the waste left behind. “We did notice when we came out in June…

Alberta Parks warns emergency crews becoming ‘overwhelmed’ with increase in rescue calls

As the long weekend approaches and people throughout Alberta prepare to go camping or hiking, officials are warning visitors to Alberta parks to come prepared, saying rescue crews have seen a dramatic spike in the volume of emergency calls they’ve…

Damage from parks being overused happening across Alberta: environment minister

Parks across the province are facing the same overcrowding and environmental damage as seen in a west-central Alberta wilderness area, says Environment Minister Jason Nixon. “The situation taking place west of Rocky Mountain House and Sundre is no different than…

June was a good month for local tourism amid COVID-19: Travel Alberta

COVID-19 has affected Alberta’s economy in many ways as the virus spurred the temporary closure of businesses, parks and industries across the province. One of the sectors hit the hardest by the pandemic has been Alberta’s tourism industry. However, with…

Car vandalism hits hikers visiting Kananaskis Country

Several hikers who visited the Kananaskis Country area this weekend found an unwelcome surprise when they returned to their vehicles. According to one hiker, at least four vehicles at the Heart Creek Trail parking lot near Canmore had their windows…

Alberta NDP leader calls out UCP refusal to consult on parks changes

Alberta’s Opposition leader is calling out the province’s environment minister for contradicting himself by refusing to consult the public over plans to shrink the province’s parks system. “This is intensely hypocritical action by Jason Nixon,” said NDP Leader Rachel Notley.…

Alberta conservationist stunned by police surveillance of meeting with environment minister

A well-known conservationist who met with an Alberta cabinet minister at a diner says he’s stunned two police officers did unauthorized surveillance on the informal meeting before one followed his vehicle. Harvey Locke and his wife, Marie-Eve Marchand, were two…