The legacy of Jasper’s 306 Connaught Dr.

The legacy of Jasper’s 306 Connaught Dr.

Underneath the splintered boards and dust that now occupies 306 Connaught Dr. lies a building steeped in history. Erected in 1926, it was one of five general stores established in ...

Jasper raft guides battle for ‘golden paddle’

Jasper raft guides battle for ‘golden paddle’

Once a year, Jasper’s raft guides gather on the river for a battle of strength, finesse and teamwork that ultimately sees one outfitter crowned champion of the Jasper Raft Olympics ...

National Park News: “Bear”ing witness to whitebark pine research

National Park News: “Bear”ing witness to whitebark pine research

A large grizzly bear recently kept an eye on things, as Parks Canada staff worked high in the surrounding whitebark pine trees. Satisfied that the cone-caging activities were in th ...

Centennial Field replacement delayed until 2017

Centennial Field replacement delayed until 2017

The municipality has delayed rehabilitation of Centennial Field until 2017, pushing the project back a year to allow for the completion of the exchange lands, which will act as a r ...

Busy Monday for first responders, three collisions, one fatality

Busy Monday for first responders, three collisions, one fatality

First responders were kept unusually busy responding to three serious car accidents over a span of 12 hours June 22. The first accident involved a tractor-trailer roll over about 1 ...

Jasper celebrates National Aboriginal Day

Jasper celebrates National Aboriginal Day

The land that we now call Jasper National Park has a long history that extends back well before the park’s creation. That history, as well as the culture of those who inhabited the ...

Jasper raft guides battle for ‘golden paddle’

Once a year, Jasper’s raft guides gather on the river for a battle of strength, finesse and teamwork that ultimately sees one outf more ...

July 01, 2015

Wardens deliver 100 per cent original Rocky Mountain culture­

Combining their love of country music and their collective experience protecting Canada’s national parks, The Wardens, have carved more ...

June 24, 2015

Parks’ vague response offers little more than speculation

More than two million visitors enter Jasper National Park using one of two highways every year. These roads connect Jasper to the more ...

July 01, 2015

Connecting observations

Dear Editor, My heart sank into deep sadness when I learned that Dr. John Wilmshurst had been fired as the Head of Resource Conser more ...

June 24, 2015
  • Connecting observations

    Dear Editor, My heart sank into deep sadness when I learned that Dr. John Wilmshurst had been fired as the Head of Resource Conservation in Jasper Nat more ...

    June 24, 2015
  • Fired for what reason?

    Dear Editor, Jasper National Park’s Manager of Resource Conservation has been fired for no stated reason but anyone who knows Dr. Wilmshurst is well a more ...

    June 17, 2015
  • There’s good reason to worry

    Dear Editor, Another cold, grey pallor has settled down on the town of Jasper, another unsettling and unnerving quiet smothers the June streets. We al more ...

    June 17, 2015
  • ‘Hang gliders aren’t going to affect black swifts’

    Dear Editor, The plight of the black swift and many other species of insectivorous birds whose populations are in steep decline is a frightening one—b more ...

    May 27, 2015
  • “Canadians are not lazy”

    Dear Editor, I’m not pleased about MP Jim Eglinski’s comment “don’t expect changes to the foreign worker program.” The federal Conservatives have thei more ...

    April 22, 2015
  • From the new guy

    It was about 20 years ago that I first encountered Jasper. Back then I was a tourist enjoying one of my first exciting excursions through Northern Alberta and British Columbia. Engraved in my mind is the indelible memory of riding the Jasper Tramway. I remember being in awe of the breathtaking scenery. I vividly remember the mountains, the river, and the unique configuration of the town-site.

    more ...

    August 16, 2012
  • A Few final words

    Before I spill the things 

    I mean to hide away

    or gouge my eyes with platitudes of sentiment,

    I’ll drown the urge for permanence and certainty,

    crouch down and scrawl my 

    name with yours in wet cement.


    – Sounds Familiar by the Weakerthans

    more ...

    August 08, 2012
  • Government jargon limits accessibility

    In journalism school, you’re taught to write at a Grade 8 level.

    That’s not to say journalists are incapable of using or understanding academic language. In fact, many, and I’d even go so far as to say most, journalists are highly educated people. 

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    August 01, 2012
  • Natural beauty right under our noses

    Like most people, a big part of what attracted me to Jasper was the natural beauty of this place. Exploring the rugged mountains, the crystal-clear lakes, and the vast forests is an awe-inspiring experience.

    Personally, I prefer the mountains in the winter but in the past few weeks it has been nice to see the variety of wildflowers blooming in the valley and up in alpine meadows. While hiking along any of Jasper’s trails, you can’t help but notice the splash of colour they add to the landscape.

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    July 25, 2012
  • Parks interpreter produces rare kayak video

    The unusually high water in Jasper in the past few weeks may have created problems for motorists and campers, but for kayakers it created a once-in-a-decade opportunity.

    An exhilarating route known as “Excalibur” follows the outflow of Medicine Lake and enjoys an almost mythical status in the kayaking community, as it so rarely exists.

    more ...

    July 19, 2012

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