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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: Front-line and essential workers need better government support

Here we are, about to head into a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as a province and as a valley.
Editorial Cartoon, April 8, 2021

Editorial Cartoon, April 8, 2021

Ottawa Senators ink Canmore’s Jacob Bernard-Docker to entry-level deal

Ottawa Senators ink Canmore’s Jacob Bernard-Docker to entry-level deal

The Canmore defenceman got the call from the nation's capital.
Ottawa Senators ink Canmore’s Jacob Bernard-Docker to entry-level deal

Ottawa Senators ink Canmore’s Jacob Bernard-Docker to entry-level deal

The Canmore defenceman got the call from the nation's capital.

EDITORIAL: No, we don't need to increase speeds on Alberta highways

A private member's bill in the Alberta Legislature from UCP MLA Searle Turton has proposed to increase speeds on some highways in the province to 120 km/h.
Editorial Cartoon, April 1, 2021

Editorial Cartoon, April 1, 2021

Editorial Cartoon, March 24, 2021

Editorial Cartoon, March 24, 2021

Iconic Caribou Corner in Banff restored to original 1930s design

Iconic Caribou Corner in Banff restored to original 1930s design

The Banff Lodging Company has revived an iconic Banff Avenue location nearing the century mark.

OPINION: Democracy cannot function without compromise

For those who have been silenced by these tactics, we see you and we hear you. Don't let the rhetoric stop you for holding your own opinion on this issue. If you do, then what kind of community will Canmore be in the future? One where bullies win and compromise dies on the altar of absolute self righteousness.
Pauw foundation donates $90K to recreation programming

Pauw foundation donates $90K to recreation programming

The Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation is donating $90,000 to help offset recreation costs for Banff residents.