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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: Province should consult before it gears up tourism goals

With two local representatives of the tourism sector on the provincial panel exploring the issue of red tape, we are curious where this is going to lead us, not just as Albertans, but as residents of an area that is swallowed whole by tourism each summer. The government has set its aim quite high for tourism. Currently the industry results in just under $10 billion in visitor spending a year. Premier Jason Kenney and his government wants to double that to the tune of $20 billion. 
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Editorial Cartoon

Artists wanted for Lake Louise world cup poster contest

Artists wanted for Lake Louise world cup poster contest

The original design can be “any two-dimensional creative medium including drawing, painting, photography or mixed media,” with the winning piece to be used as the 2019 official event poster
Morris named Athlete Role Model for Youth Olympics

Morris named Athlete Role Model for Youth Olympics

“Well, I’m hoping to help make a difference in someone’s life in a positive way. As an athlete myself, I really believe I can relate to what these young athletes are going through.”
A folking good time at the 42nd annual Canmore Folk Music Festival

A folking good time at the 42nd annual Canmore Folk Music Festival

Check out some of the fantastic photos from the 42nd annual Canmore Folk Music Festival last weekend

EDITORIAL: UCP approach to budgeting leaves vulnerable at risk

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Editoral Cartoon

Editorial Cartoon

Editorial Cartoon

Progressive housing policies – and support for them – needed

There is an oft quoted definition of insanity that equates it with doing the same action over and over again and expecting a different result.
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Editorial Cartoon