Gran Fondo bike race planned for Jasper

Gran Fondo bike race planned for Jasper

Jasper’s cyclists are abuzz with anticipation of the arrival of the Tour of Alberta in September, but what they might not know is Jasper is just a few steps away from hosting anoth ...

Market seeks new permit for McCready lot

Market seeks new permit for McCready lot

The Jasper Local Food Society is requesting a permit to resume use of the McCready Centre parking lot for this summer’s weekly farmer’s market. Last year, council approved the perm ...

Ski club proposes summer season for Shangrila

Ski club proposes summer season for Shangrila

The Maligne Lake Ski Club has asked Parks Canada to keep Shangrila open during the summer season. The club was forced to shutter the historic backcountry cabin for most of this yea ...

Splitboard festival returns to ascend Jasper’s peaks

Splitboard festival returns to ascend Jasper’s peaks

After a successful inaugural year, the Ascend Split Snowboard Festival is coming back to Jasper. March 13-15, enthusiasts, beginners and even the plain curious will get a chance to ...

Students continue push for skate park

Students continue push for skate park

It’s Wednesday afternoon, school has just ended and in Community Outreach Services’  boardroom a group of teens is gathered at a long table. A picked-over plate of crackers sits at ...

Positions remain on Tour of Alberta committee

Positions remain on Tour of Alberta committee

Jasper’s Tour of Alberta local organizing committee is nearly at full strength, with only a few vacant spots to fill. The committee, which has 12 positions ranging from chairperson ...

National Park News: It’s wolf mating season

National Park News: It’s wolf mating season

At this time of year, sunshine and longer days increase the desire to get outside and let the sun warm our cold bones. This increased daylight also makes Jasper National Park’s wil ...

Council Briefs: Feb. 17, 2015

Breakdown: waste water treatment plant equipment The UV display system and septage screening unit in the waste water treatment pla more ...

February 25, 2015

PeeWee Bears create lasting memories

Most tournaments hosted by Jasper teams are a simple transaction. Managers invite teams from near and far; teams that are not typi more ...

February 25, 2015

Film Club: You’re Sleeping Nicole

It’s shot in black and white, it’s subtitled and it’s about a young girl struggling to pick her way through the aimlessness of you more ...

February 25, 2015

Housing the key to employee retention

Looking for a summer job? Jasper’s got plenty. In fact, if businesses haven’t already started, very shortly they’ll be looking to more ...

February 25, 2015

‘A fond farewell’ and some Purolator tips

Dear Jasper, I tried not to feel like I had to write this letter, but the more I reminisce of the last nine years, the more I feel more ...

February 18, 2015
  • ‘A fond farewell’ and some Purolator tips

    Dear Jasper, I tried not to feel like I had to write this letter, but the more I reminisce of the last nine years, the more I feel it is due. I’ve rec more ...

    February 18, 2015
  • Official secrets: Parks mum on airstrip campground

    Dear Editor, Margaret Atwood wrote: “The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn’t one,” but from the secrecy surrounding a development p more ...

    February 11, 2015
  • ‘Be mindful of our metaphors’

    Dear Editor, I am responding to Loni Klettl’s letter from January 29th, 2015. I want to begin by acknowledging the privilege of witnessing a passionat more ...

    February 11, 2015
  • ‘Big Brother is upon us’

    Dear Editor, Loni Klettl quoted an important 1946 poem by Martin Niemöller in a letter last week, which I also occasionally like to refer to, although more ...

    February 04, 2015
  • ‘Our future is very vulnerable’

    Dear Editor, Two pieces of news came in the beginning of January 2015. One from the Oxfam International with a study showing that the 85 richest peopl more ...

    February 04, 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. 

    more ...

    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.

    more ...

    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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