Alberta tourism industry report highlights urgent need for help

Alberta’s tourism industry is facing the biggest challenge in its history as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Devastating probably isn’t strong enough of a word,” James Jackson said, president and CEO of Tourism Jasper. “Significantly worse than 9/11,…

Seven $1,200 tickets given to Americans who hiked in Banff National Park in past week: RCMP

In the past week, Mounties have issued seven $1,200 tickets to Americans violating public health orders in Banff National Park. Cpl. Deanna Fontaine said Sunday that she could only speak to six of the seven tickets issued, noting they were…

‘Never seen anything like it’: Bear cub spotted in Alberta with unique white head

A photo captured over the weekend by a Calgary family has experts excited about what could be the first spotting ever of a grizzly with a white head but regular brown colouring on its body. The photo was captured while…

Concerns raised as people crowd rare white grizzly in Banff and Yoho parks

A wildlife photographer says he’s worried about a rare white grizzly living in mountain parks in Alberta and British Columbia after watching people get too close to it and seeing it run across a highway. The bear, which has been…

Coronavirus: Banff National Park prepares for June 1 reopening

Banff National Park is preparing to reopen on Monday as COVID-19 restrictions ease. READ MORE: Banff ‘ready to welcome visitors back’ as Alberta eases COVID-19 restrictions With rain beating down on the streets of Banff on May 31, business owners…

Coronavirus: What does Banff look like without international tourism?

Banff is all about tourism. In fact, almost its entire economy is tourism-based. “The Town of Banff‘s reason for being a municipality is to provide services to visitors to Banff National Park and to support residents who live here to…

White grizzly named by Bow Valley residents

A newly discovered white grizzly bear near Banff has been named Nakoda after the Bow Valley Network received hundreds of suggestions from residents. Nakoda means “friend” or “ally” in the native language of three Indigenous tribes in the area: Bearspaw,…

Chinese tourists cancel trips to Canadian hotspots such as Banff, Jasper, Yellowknife

Tour companies and hotels in destinations popular with Chinese tourists are starting to see cancellations after a new form of virus that has led to mass quarantines and 213 deaths in China. The virus comes from a large family of…

Birds flocking to national parks in the Canadian Rockies

It turns out tourists aren’t the only ones who love the national parks in the Canadian Rockies. Despite recent studies showing bird populations are declining in many areas of North America, scientists with Parks Canada have found that most songbirds…

Gondola proposed from Banff townsite to Mount Norquay denied by Parks Canada

Parks Canada has rejected a proposed gondola to take skiers and hikers from Banff townsite to the summit at the Mount Norquay ski resort. The agency was considering a proposal by Liricon Capital, which owns Mount Norquay, to redevelop lands…