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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: Provincial government failing Albertans in COVID-19 response

EDITORIAL: Provincial government failing Albertans in COVID-19 response

If the incentive of a potential $1 million was not enough to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the Alberta government is hoping a $100 gift card will be. Those numbers are not reversed. Rather than the chance for a million, a guaranteed $100 is the government’s
Stoney man charged in suspected homicide death of infant

Stoney man charged in suspected homicide death of infant

A 21-year-old man was charged with second degree murder by the RCMP in the suspected homicide of a six-month-old infant.

EDITORIAL: A salute to Bow Valley's understaffed workers

Spring Creek Mountain Village receives green energy certification

Spring Creek Mountain Village receives green energy certification

"We were one of the first to adopt geothermal technologies in Alberta to meet our goal: to create a truly sustainable mountain community. This is a nod to my parents and grandparents and to Canmore – a legacy for the town in which I grew up.”
RCMP investigate infant's homicide on Stoney Nakoda First Nation

RCMP investigate infant's homicide on Stoney Nakoda First Nation

An infant’s death on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation is being investigated as a homicide, the RCMP said Friday afternoon.
EDITORIAL: Elections to keep Alberta voters busy in coming weeks

EDITORIAL: Elections to keep Alberta voters busy in coming weeks

The election season for Alberta voters has officially started. And if the Oct. 18 municipal election was not enough to keep residents busy, the recently announced federal election will have people heading to the polls twice in a four-week span. Alberta
Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce recognized with provincial award

Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce recognized with provincial award

“Over the past 16 months, Alberta businesses have faced challenge after challenge. Through it all, the Bow Valley Chamber has provided nothing short of exceptional support to its members. Congratulations on this very well-deserved honour.” 
EDITORIAL: All people play a role in preventing unnecessary forest fires

EDITORIAL: All people play a role in preventing unnecessary forest fires

One look at the sky over the Bow Valley and you would be excused if you thought you were an extra in Mad Max. The apocalyptic look has brought reasonable concerns for many residents and visitors, especially in the wake of a second large wildfire in the
Kananaskis emergency crews, police respond to fatal motorcycle collision

Kananaskis emergency crews, police respond to fatal motorcycle collision

A 47-year-old Calgary man was killed Sunday (Aug. 15) and a 40-year-old Calgary man was transported to hospital by STARS – who was unable to immediately land because of heavy wildfire smoke – with serious injuries after a collision on Highway 40, the RCMP said.
EDITORIAL: The rush to reduce public health restrictions in Alberta is reckless

EDITORIAL: The rush to reduce public health restrictions in Alberta is reckless

History will likely not be kind to Alberta’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The province has not been held up as a model of public health guidance as several times they have rushed to reopen and reduce COVID-19-related restrictions. While people