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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

Canmore's Jacob Bernard-Docker wins gold at IIHF Worlds

Canmore's Jacob Bernard-Docker wins gold at IIHF Worlds

"I saw it coming as soon as they had that two-on-one."

EDITORIAL: When it comes to tourism, we need to build it back better

As a region that is economically driven by tourism, the Bow Valley has experienced a tumultuous 15 months during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not the first time our economy has taken a hit due to circumstances beyond our control.
Airshed region receives provincial recognition

Airshed region receives provincial recognition

The Calgary Region Airshed Zone – which includes Banff, Canmore and the MD of Bighorn – received an award from the Alberta Emeral Foundation recently for work it does to monitor and educate people about air quality in the region.
Police, municipalities warn of trespassing dangers near Seebe Dam

Police, municipalities warn of trespassing dangers near Seebe Dam

“The terrain can be unstable and the water in this stretch of the Bow River is ice-cold and especially treacherous. Water levels change without warning and strong undercurrents and undertows can drag people under or sweep them away to further dangers down the river. Anyone going to these sites is not concerned with his or her own safety. That makes them a danger to both themselves and to their friends.”
PHOTOS: A look at the past week in photography in the Bow Valley

PHOTOS: A look at the past week in photography in the Bow Valley

Here's a look at photos that were in the newspaper and website for the Rocky Mountain Outlook.
Alberta Environment declare flood watch near Town of Banff, Lake Louise

Alberta Environment declare flood watch near Town of Banff, Lake Louise

Alberta Environment declared a flood watch for the Bow River upstream of the Town of Banff and Pipestone River near Lake Louise.

EDITORIAL: Action needed to address residential school legacy

The discovery of 215 children buried in unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School has disturbed and shocked many Canadians.
Cochrane man confirmed dead from avalanche

Cochrane man confirmed dead from avalanche

A 28-year-old Cochrane man and a 30-year-old man from Innisfail were identified as the two climbers who died from an avalanche on Mount Andromeda in Jasper National Park on May 30.
Cochrane RCMP seeking public's help in finding missing teen

Cochrane RCMP seeking public's help in finding missing teen

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing teenager believed to be in the area of Cochrane, Stoney Nakoda First Nation or Calgary.
Banff Canmore Community Foundation receives funding to help civil society issues in the Bow Valley region

Banff Canmore Community Foundation receives funding to help civil society issues in the Bow Valley region

“This initiative is all about collaboration. A project of this scale will bring each partner’s perspectives to the table. In coming together, we can take on challenges and opportunities in the Bow Valley at a regional scale."