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Search called off for shot bear, trail reopened Tuesday morning

A file photo of a black bear eating grass. | Parks Canada/R.Bray photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Parks Canada has ceased efforts to locate the black bear that was shot by a male tourist around the Overlander Trail on Aug. 6. “The bear has not been spotted and the trail was re-opened as of this morning. It’s either succumbed to its injuries out of sight, or move ...

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What to know about updated planting guidelines

Which of these plants doesn’t belong? Sure, these flowers are all beautiful, but the Ox-Eye Daisy is not a native species to Jasper National Park. Parks Canada recently updated its planting guidelines for local residents and asked them to stick to the list. | S.Hayes photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca “Why do we even need a planting list for residents in Jasper?” ...

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Partial washout on Highway 93N

High temperatures likely contributed to the partial washout of 34 metres of Hwy 93N. Travel is now down to one lane of alternating traffic as work continues to stabilize and repair the section. | Supplied photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Icefields Parkway motorists can expect delays and the possibility of unexpected road closures after a section of the southboun ...

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RCMP advise safety precautions for water recreation

Parks Canada/O.Robinson photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca “Dressing for the occasion” was just one facet of the public service message on water safety that Alberta RCMP issued last week. The advisory encouraged people to wear life jackets or personal flotation devices (PFD) while out participating in water activities such as boating or tubing. They will help you ...

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Stargazing in Jasper ranks third, says travel site

You’ll be seeing a lot of stars after dark when you come to Jasper. The world’s second-largest Dark-Sky Preserve ranked third on a travel website’s list of best Canadian stargazing destinations. | Tourism Jasper photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Jasper has ranked as third on a list of the best stargazing destinations in Canada, according to a travel website’s Ins ...

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North Saskatchewan River could be Canada’s next Heritage River

People canoe on what could be Canada’s next Heritage River. A 718-kilometre section of the North Saskatchewan River is being considered for recognition to the program that encourages its long-term management to conserve its natural, cultural and recreational values for the benefit and enjoyment of all Canadians. | Métis Crossing photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca ...

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Visitor shoots and injures black bear

A file photo of a black bear eating grass. | Parks Canada/R.Bray photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Parks officials are still searching for a black bear that had been shot on the weekend approximately seven kilometres from the Sixth Bridge trailhead. The shooter has been identified as a male tourist who is now facing several charges under the National Parks Act. “ ...

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Photographic exhibit showcases challenges of habitat for both humans and wildlife

Liam Kavanagh-Bradette’s photos show the lengths that humans will go to in order to survive. Pictured, a ship carries new vehicles to the far north where a community that started to serve the DEW Line continues to thrive but with much aid from the south. | Supplied photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca A trigger warning might be necessary for “HABITUATE, ACCLIMATE,” ...

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Scouts Canada declares Jasper as Canada’s ‘most epic’ camping destination

According to Scouts Canada, Jasper National Park has it all for camping: great scenery, proximity to water, multiple activity options available, abundant wildlife, absolute quiet and, of course, washrooms. | Supplied photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca If you’re looking for the country’s best camping, Scouts Canada says you don’t have to look far. A survey of more ...

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Vandal fined for graffiti on Whistlers Peak, clean-up efforts underway

One visitor’s actions resulted in him receiving a hefty fine and hours of cleanup efforts by the Friends of Jasper National Park working in tandem with Skytram staffers including Tim Scott, shown here in this photo by workmate Mark Babbage. | Supplied photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Attentive and dutiful tourists saved the day for what could otherwise have been ...

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