Provincial fire ban does not include Jasper National Park

Provincial fire ban does not include Jasper National Park

As wildfires rage throughout the province, the Alberta government announced a province-wide fire ban on May 25. The ban does not include Jasper National Park. “There are fundamenta ...

Vine Creek prescribed fire a blazing success in Jasper National Park

Vine Creek prescribed fire a blazing success in Jasper National Park

A massive plume of dark grey smoke swirled over Jasper National Park as fire crews from Parks Canada carried out a prescribed fire about 20 km north of the Jasper townsite, May 23. ...

Jasper students build Aboriginal drums, create community

Jasper students build Aboriginal drums, create community

One day last winter, AnneMarie MacDonald walked into her Grade 3 classroom at Jasper Elementary School and found a cardboard box next to her desk. She thought it was her Scholastic ...

Tracking the health of Jasper’s amphibians

Tracking the health of Jasper’s amphibians

Each spring, amphibian lifecycles begin in ponds throughout Jasper National Park. Eggs are laid in varying configurations, tadpoles are hatched and baby frogs, toads and salamander ...

Three-year grizzly bear study underway in Jasper

Three-year grizzly bear study underway in Jasper

Parks Canada has already captured and collared six grizzly bears this season and hopes to collar another four as part of a three-year study of the bear’s habitat use in Jasper Nati ...

Jasper Glaciers return home as all stars

Jasper Glaciers return home as all stars

Under the bright lights of Calgary’s McMahon Stadium, three Jasperites earned the title of all stars. Jake Delorme, Morgan Poirier and Martin Kreiner of the Jasper Glaciers six-a-s ...

Jasper Rotarian recognized for international volunteer work

Jasper Rotarian recognized for international volunteer work

For the past three years, Libby Weir, a member of the Jasper Rotary Club, has travelled more than 13,500 km to volunteer in the tiny east African country of Rwanda. On May 14, she ...

Silver medal for Jasper Bears

Jasper’s PeeWee Bears played a hard fought final game in their home tournament, May 24. Facing off against a team from Camrose, th more ...

May 27, 2015

Fire brings new life to landscape

As more than 60 wildfires rage throughout the province, Jasper’s fire crew is busy mopping up after a long-awaited prescribed burn more ...

May 27, 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 more ...

May 27, 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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