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Council approves speed limit reduction to 30 km/h

Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca The speed limit will drop from 50 km/h to 30 km/h throughout town after council gave third and final reading to the traffic safety bylaw during its May 3 meeting. With the passing of the bylaw, all roads in town, with the exception of the north and south entrances on Connaught Drive, will be reduced to 30km/h once the new speed limit signs are erected. In a previous ...

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Spring melt may cause closures on Icefields Parkway and Maligne Road

There may be potential closures on the Icefields Parkway and Maligne Road due to spring avalanche conditions. | Parks Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca UPDATE: The Icefields Parkway from Parker Ridge to Saskatchewan Crossing and Maligne Road at Watchtower are closed due to increased avalanche risk and control work. The anticipated reopening is late evening on Tuesday, March 29. Temporary closu ...

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Public reminded to view wildlife safely

Mountain sheep north of Jasper along Highway 93 on Feb. 5. | P.Shokeir photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Seeing wildlife in Jasper National Park can be a thrilling experience, but stopping on a roadway to get a closer look can be hazardous. Const. Chris McSavage with the Jasper RCMP detachment noted in an email that stopping on roadways was a “big safety con ...

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Icefields Parkway may have temporary closures

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Icefields Parkway may be closed between Parker Ridge and Saskatchewan Crossing south of the Jasper townsite for periods of two-to-six hours beginning 11 a.m. on Tuesday. These temporary closures should be completed by 5 p.m., but control work may be postponed to Wednesday depending on the weather. A winter storm is forecasted to hit Jasper National Park starting Monday ...

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Uncertainty about driver exams as Jasper moves to lower speed limit

Jasper Municipal Council may soon decide to reduce the speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h throughout town. It is unclear how this will affect driver exams. | File photo Jason Stockfish, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Jasper is one step closer to reducing its speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h throughout town amid questions about how this would affect driver exams. During th ...

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Possible rolling closures for Icefields Parkway this Friday

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Icefields Parkway could see rolling closures between Parker Ridge and Saskatchewan Crossing on Friday, March 3, starting 10 a.m. with delays of up to two hours. Parks Canada warned that early spring conditions can now be expected for the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) south of the Jasper townsite and Maligne Lake Road. "This typically means localized, intense snowfall ...

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Icefields Parkway delays and spot closures anticipated for avalanche control

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Parks Canada will be conducting avalanche control work on Wednesday, Feb. 23, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) south of Jasper. Rolling closures will be in effect at Parker Ridge and delays may last up to two hours. This comes after significant snowfalls over the past several days. Parks Canada says avalanche control work reduces the likeliho ...

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Avalanche warning issued for Jasper, Icefield Parkway closed

Avalanche Canada, in partnership with Parks Canada, is issuing a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users across numerous forecast regions in British Columbia and Alberta. Pictured, a map of the affected regions. | Avalanche Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca A special public avalanche warning has been issued for recreational backcountry users in Jasper, while the Ice ...

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Maligne Lake Road closed for avalanche control, snow removal

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Maligne Lake Road is closed just past Maligne Canyon for avalanche control and extensive snow removal and will likely remain closed until Thursday. Access to the Maligne Canyon day-use area and Maligne Hostel remains open. The closure will allow crews to deal with more than 35 centimetres of accumulation that has accumulated over the past couple of days. Following avalanch ...

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Death of bear cub last year prompts warning against careless driving

In July 2021, Parks Canada responded to a report that a black bear cub had been run over and killed on Maligne Lake Road. | Parks Canada photo Parks Canada is asking motorists to drive safely when viewing wildlife following the death of a black bear club last year. In July 2021, Parks Canada responded to a report that a black bear cub had been run over and killed on Maligne Lake Road. A video captured by a ...

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