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Rocky Mountain Outlook

Rocky Mountain Outlook

In the autumn of 2000, three long-time Bow Valley residents - Larry Marshall, Bob Schott and Carol Picard - began serious planning for a new publication in the Canmore-Banff corridor, one that would cover all communities from Lake Louise to Kananaskis.

Theirs was a novel idea for the day - a free distribution weekly that would put into the hands of residents and the area's millions of tourists the news, entertainment and sports from the communities in which they lived and vacationed, and offer the area's advertisers an effective vehicle to reach those visitors.

Going head-to-head on two fronts with the area's two existing weeklies - the Canmore Leader and The Banff Crag & Canyon - meant few gave the Rocky Mountain Outlook much chance of survival. Not only did they not charge for individual copies, they debuted a mere nine days after Sept. 11, 2001, when the world's tourism market had completely evaporated.

Since those days the Outlook has grown and evolved much like the communities they serve. The challenges and pressures of the mountain parks area of Alberta play out weekly in both the print and online editions of the Rocky Mountain Outlook. A dedication to community journalism has helped maintain our relevance in an engaged community. Currently the Outlook is producing close to half a million print copies annually with close to 99% of those being picked up by our readers at over 200 locations. Visits to rmoutlook.com have more than doubled in the last few years with over 40,000 readers per month now accessing content online. Recognized both provincially and nationally for excellence in community journalism the Rocky Mountain Outlook continues to focus on being the trusted local source of news, sports and entertainment.

Recent Work by Rocky Mountain

Editorial: Resilience in the time of COVID-19

What is happening won't last, but if we come together as a community to support each other while things are at their worst, then we will be OK.
Alberta government announces tourism tax relief for hotels

Alberta government announces tourism tax relief for hotels

The province estimates by delaying collection of the provincial tourism levy until the end of August, it will free up $5 million for the hotel industry

Editorial: How much do you value human life?

If we are going to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to find a way through our fear. Things are scary right now. There is a lot of information out there about risk, about a new virus, about what you should and should not be doing.

Editorial: How do we get through this crisis? Together

COVID-19 is both global and individual in its effect and reach. But more than at any other time in our history, as Canadians and a community we need to come together to support each other.
Nordiq Canada withdraws from FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Quebec City

Nordiq Canada withdraws from FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Quebec City

“This decision supports Canada’s efforts to minimize the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is a fast-evolving situation globally.”
Business Briefs: Banff Springs Hotel announces $5 million renovation to Rundle Bar

Business Briefs: Banff Springs Hotel announces $5 million renovation to Rundle Bar

The Bow Valley Connections Centre also received a $1,000 donation from the Christian Labour Association of Canada's Building Communities program

Editorial: Time to recognize Alberta has a revenue problem

For a place like the Bow Valley, which has an economy based on tourism and travel, the current situation is a double whammy
Environment Canada issues winter storm watch for Canmore, Kananaskis

Environment Canada issues winter storm watch for Canmore, Kananaskis

Heavy snowfall expected throughout southern Alberta beginning Thursday evening (March 12)
UPDATED: Environment Canada issues winter storm warning for Canmore, Kananaskis

UPDATED: Environment Canada issues winter storm warning for Canmore, Kananaskis

A winter storm warning is in place for Canmore, the MD of Bighorn and Kananaskis Country with up to 40 cm of snowfall expected throughout southwestern Alberta beginning Thursday afternoon (March 12)
Junior Canadians make history at Nordic World Ski Championships in Germany

Junior Canadians make history at Nordic World Ski Championships in Germany

What a day for Canada's next generation.