Mountain Nature and Culture Podcast
About This Show
This podcast explores the natural and human history of the Canadian Rockies as well as its attractions and culture. We'll look at the ecology and wildlife as well as the unique plants and birds that make the Canadian Rockies home. Looking back through our history we will share the stories behind the scenery. This is the place for all things Rockies.
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017 2017 Park Passes, Canada Rated a top tourism destination, Global Water Futures and Caribou in the Rockies
7 days ago
Story 1 - Park Passes are still necessary Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year you'll likely be aware that the federal government has decided to make entry into Canada's national parks completely free for 2017. Parks still needs to be able to track the number of visitors to national parks, so passes will still be necessary. If you're planning a trip to any of Canada's National Parks this year, you can pre-order the pass for free online by visiting http://bit.ly/2iUBQVD For the national parks, the 2017 summer reservations opened on January 11, so again, book as early as possible by visiting www.reservation.pc.gc.ca Outside of the national parks, there are also many other camping options. You can reserve sites in Alberta Provincial Parks by visiting www.reserve.albertaparks.ca The site opens for bookings on Feb 21, 2017 so if you'd like to reserve your site, be on the site on that day. One important note, they are planning on closing Three Sisters Campground, just on the outskirts of Banff National Park, at the community of Dead Man's Flats. This will take another 60 campsites out of the already limited availability for camping during the summer months. Reservations for British Columbia's Provincial Parks can be made at www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/reserve. The key this year is planning ahead. We expect the parks to break visitation records and I want to help you to have the kind of visit that you have in your mind's eye. The key is planning and visiting whatever destination you want to explore as early in the day as possible. Parking Lots at many of the Rockies most famous attractions, places like Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, are usually full by 9am. Be there at 7am and you can have a truly magical experience…and besides, sites like these are really morning scenes. Don't forget, the sun comes up very early here so by 7 am the sun is already getting high in the sky. Plan ahead, get a good alarm clock, and I'll see you this summer. Story 2 - We're Number One Canada has been getting a lot of kudos lately. We're a fabulous place to live and an awesome place to visit - and the world seems to be getting the message. This week, the New York Times put out it