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Snowfall warning still in effect – Banff National Park

02 Apr

It seems we just keep getting these snowfall warnings this year! Environment Canada once again posted a snowfall warning for Banff National Park and surrounding area with good reason. The snow has been coming down heavily all day today with no end in sight! It’s April 2nd 2011 – where is the spring??! With temperature highs of below zero degrees centigrade today, this new snowfall is not going anyway and as a result, the ski resorts are in incredible shape.

Sunshine Village ski resort, in Banff National Park received 12cm in past 24 hours. That’s 47cm in the past 72 hours and the snow has been coming down hard all day. Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s report!

The highway cameras in Alberta give you a good idea of the current driving conditions in Banff National Park – if you must drive, please drive safe or take one of the ski shuttles instead. The locals who drive these buses know the roads better than anyone!

Here is the current weather conditions for Banff:


Posted: April 2nd, 2011 05:46 PM

Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions. Issued: 3:46 PM MDT Saturday 02 April 2011

Current Conditions: -2.7°C

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 06:00 PM

Observed at: Banff 4:00 PM MDT Saturday 02 April 2011
Temperature: -2.7°C
Pressure / Tendency: 100.8 kPa rising
Humidity: 82 %
Wind Chill: -7
Dewpoint: -5.4°C
Wind: E 9 km/h
Air Quality Health Index: N/A

Saturday night: Snow. Low minus 4.

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 06:00 PM

Snow ending this evening then cloudy. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Low minus 4. Forecast issued 4:00 PM MDT Saturday 02 April 2011

Banff Current Weather Source: Rocky Mountain Holidays

Thanks for reading and be sure to share your experiences in Banff National Park with us below. When this storm blows through, the ski conditions will be incredible tomorrow.

Will spring ever arrive in Banff National Park?!


Trail to link Canmore to Lake Louise

27 May

A long awaited multi-use trail linking Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise will be constructed this summer and ready for cyclists and hikers in 2010.

Environment minister Jim Prentice was in Banff Tuesday [May 19] to announce the Banff Legacy Trail, which is being constructed as an anniversary project celebrating 125 years of Banff National Park.

“It’s long overdue from my perspective,” Prentice said, a cyclists himself who knows the potential dangers of riding on roadways.

“You never feel entirely save when you’re on the highway.”

The 26 km trail comes with an estimated cost of $6.75 million. Bridge design and the trail’s layout will be finalized with the completion of an environmental assessment. Once complete, the trail will become part of the Trans Canada Trail network, which is already 70 per cent complete.

Prentice said this trail will not only provide an economic boost, creating jobs locally, but will “encourage more sustainable tourism in the national parks” and be a “significant tourist attraction for years to come.”

Banff’s deputy Mayor Stavros Karlos, who is also a member of the Lands Adjacent to Banff (LATB) committee, which has been working for years to see this project come to fruition, was elated with the news.

“I am more ecstatic than perhaps anyone in this room,” he said. “On behalf of the Town of Banff, we are happy to see such a massive investment occur in trails.”

The trail will run primarily along the Trans Canada Highway right-of-way and wildlife fence. It will be a hard surfaced trail suitable for cycling, walking and in-line skating.

Deborah Apps, president and CEO of the Trans Canada Trail, said this section will become another jewel in the trail network that spans the country.

“This 26 km trail will truly be a Canadian Icon,” she said.

The tourism benefits of the trail were also praised as a way of showing visitors a new way to enjoy the park on a safe trail designed to incorporate scenic views.

“This is really an investment that will help residents and visitors explore the majestic Canadian Rockies,” said Bob Scott, assistant deputy minister with Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. “Trails are important for our tourists and Albertans.”

The trail already has Prentice planning another trip to back to the mountains in 2010 for a bike ride.

“I intend to be here for the first ride on the trail,” he said.

He said getting to this point was thanks to the hard work of community groups like the LATB, Bow Corridor Regional Mobility Partnership, towns of Banff, Canmore and the MD of Bighorn.

Source: Larissa Barlow/Canmore Leader

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