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Volunteers step up to help Ukrainian refugees

Former councillor Bert Journault (far right), who recently moved to Edmonton, meets Maria and her son Yuri, Ukrainian refugees who are destined for Jasper. | Supplied photos Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca It’s the ultimate form of volunteering. Jasperites have been stepping up to help out those fleeing the war in Ukraine. Using social media, Jasper resident Nancy Addison is connecting Ukrainian refugees ...

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Four muralists decorating town in inaugural festival

Artist Five Eight works on his piece on the Bear’s Paw Bakery alley wall. | J.Stockfish photos Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca The first annual UpLift! Jasper Mural Festival launched as four muralists converged on the town to prove that walls are for more than just structural integrity. Each artist is bringing a unique vision to a blank canvas in Jasper’s downtown, and over the next few days, pass ...

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Submit winter photos for chance to win prizes

With his photo of a winter swan at Kinney Lake, Sebastian Traczyk won in the Winter Landscapes category for the 2021 Celebrate Winter Photo Contest. Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Photographers can submit their winter snaps for the chance to win more than $500 in prizes through the second annual Celebrate Winter Photo Contest. The contest will be open from Feb. 17 to Mar. 17 and will be divided into thr ...

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Jasper Treasures: Edith Gourley

Edith Gourley is a retired nurse and a former Jasper resident who currently lives in Kamloops, B.C. | Supplied photo Ali Howat, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca What is a Jasper treasure? Well, Edith Gourley’s story will help us learn what a true Jasper treasure is. Gourley is the youngest out of four children in her family, born in 1925 in Grande Prairie and raised on a farm in C ...

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Raise the roof: Pursuit bringing Open Top Tours to Jasper

Pursuit’s Open Top Tour hosted a soft-launch event on Sept. 25, with this vintage-inspired coach named Edith travelling up to Pyramid Lake. | P.Shokeir photos Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Get a breath of fresh air with Pursuit’s latest offering in Jasper National Park. Pursuit will expand its vintage-inspired tours to Jasper National Park with the launch of Open Top Tours, which will officially open t ...

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Readers’ Choice 2021: Gift card winners!

When readers voted for their favourite businesses, they automatically got the chance to win one of two gift cards from two local business, which were kept a surprise until now! Jennifer Edwards (left photo) won a $75 gift card (a larger amount than expected) to Cassio’s Italian Restaurant! Brooke Ereth (right photo) won a $50 gift card to Wild Orchid Salon & Spa! These gift cards were courtesy of the Ja ...

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The first of many Readers’ Choice Awards

West Coast Cannabis was voted Business of the Year during our Readers’ Choice Awards this summer. Readers also voted West Coast Cannabis as Best Business Overall (Under 10 employees) and New Business (One Year or Less). Check out the other winners and the runners-up in our special section inside. | P.Shokeir photo This year, the Jasper Fitzhugh launched the first-ever Readers’ Choice Awards in what we expec ...

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How to use bear spray… properly

Black bear eating in grass. | Parks Canada/R.Bray photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Although Jasper National Park is full of wonders and recreation opportunities, the wild always has a dangerous side. Black and grizzly bears are often sighted and can be encountered on roads, trails and the backcountry. While bears tend to avoid confrontations with people, they can be aggressive, especially when defen ...

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What campers should know about Jasper’s fire ban

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca When roughing it in Jasper National Park, campers should be aware of current fire restrictions and their own role in preventing wildfires. Landon Shepherd, a fire and vegetation specialist with Parks Canada, explained that Jasper National Park never allows random fires or fires outside of private leases and designated containers in campgrounds and day-use areas. “You can c ...

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Our Jasper Stories: 100th Anniversary Lake Edith Artist Colony

Agnes (Cottam) Johnstone, Florence Maud Mortimer, Marjorie McLean & Peace Robinson, at Lake Annette, Jasper National Park, Alberta. | S.Robinson photo Jasper-Yellowhead Museum | Special to the Fitzhugh 2021 year marks a century of cottage life on the beautiful shores of Lake Edith. The lake was named in 1914 for Edith McColl, the wife of H. A. McColl, a superintendent of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. ...

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