Category Archives: government

Summit Trail Makers: Volunteering for trails

Parks and wilderness recreation managers across North America are increasingly turning to volunteer trail crews to help maintain backcountry facilities. With the exception of the Jasper Trail Alliance, Parks Canada has rejected volunteer help, despite a steady reduction in trail maintenance and a deterioration in backcountry infrastructure. Administrators provide a vague list of reasons for rejecting volunteer participation. Parks Canada’s Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) union supports expanded facility and […]

Coping with gridlock in Banff

Planning a trip to the mountain parks this summer? Prepare for gridlock. Canada, the Canadian Rockies, and particularly Banff, are everywhere you look these days. On the cover of the December-January issue of National Geographic Traveler and as the subject of a flattering feature article. And as a full, two-page photo spread in Lonely Planet magazine’s “Best in Travel 2017”. Just two examples of the flood of publicity lauding  travel to Canada, particularly […]

New government, new parks department

As is often the case, a change in government has led to a realignment of portfolios in Alberta. Formerly part of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, as of 10 June 2015 Alberta Parks falls under the auspices of Alberta Environment and Parks. The URL for the new department is, although information on Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and other Alberta provincial parks can still be found at For the official […]