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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

Hate will never make things better – especially politics

If you find yourself dismayed and exhasperated at the tone of discourse surrounding the 2019 Canadian federal election – you are not alone
Alberta Parks expands closure area for grizzly that 'made contact' with hiker near Canmore

Alberta Parks expands closure area for grizzly that 'made contact' with hiker near Canmore

According to the closure notice on the government's website, a grizzly bear sow and cubs "made contact" with a hiker, resulting in bear spray being used
Park Distillery’s ‘gin is king’

Park Distillery’s ‘gin is king’

Park Distillery Gin winner of Best of the Bow 2019 in the Best Distillery Product category.
Banff Canoe Club 'best bang for your buck'

Banff Canoe Club 'best bang for your buck'

For many, paddling in Banff National Park is the quintessential Canadian experience. The Banff Canoe Club rents out canoes and kayaks to give visitors the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy downtown Banff throughout the summer.

National Newspaper Week recognizes the importance of community journalism

Businesses in the Bow Valley understand the value of advertising in the Outlook and we hope they realize that it not only provides them an opportunity to reach our readers, but they are also supporting journalism and this community newspaper as a result
Canmore to host 2021 Masters World Cup cross-country races

Canmore to host 2021 Masters World Cup cross-country races

The Canmore Nordic Centre is officially set to host the 2021 Masters World Cup, when an estimated 1,200 athletes will attend for a week of cross-country ski racing

Recovery begins when you acknowledge there is a problem

The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. It seems like a simple piece of advice and when we look around, as residents of this valley, province, country and planet, clearly there are those who have had the courage to take it.
Province finalizes Dead Man's Flats land swap with MD of Bighorn

Province finalizes Dead Man's Flats land swap with MD of Bighorn

DEAD MAN'S FLATS – The province of Alberta and the MD of Bighorn have officially signed off on a land swap that will see a parcel of environmentally sensitive land in Dead Man's Flats protected.
Federal candidates answer questions from the Outlook

Federal candidates answer questions from the Outlook

The Rocky Mountain Outlook editorial board put together three questions for the candidates from the major political parties in the Banff-Airdrie riding – each candidate responded in their own words
Editorial Cartoon

Editorial Cartoon