News

April 28, 2017

Plan to attend our AGM

The AHA Annual General Meeting takes places Saturday 3 June.    More

March 25, 2017

The need for sustainable trails

Professionally designed and constructed trails are needed to avoid erosion problems.   More

March 11, 2017

Trail closures in Teck Coal’s mining leases in Coal Branch

Teck Coal will be closing access trails in the MacKenzie Creek and Powerhouse Creek areas of its mining lease.   More

February 27, 2017

A hiking photo contest!

To help celebrate Canada’s 150 anniversary, Urban Poling Inc. is launching “Take a Hike Canada”.   More

February 16, 2017

Alberta announces draft management plan for Castle Parks

Alberta announces draft management plan for Castle Parks that phases out motorized use.   More

January 5, 2017

Public consultation on the Icefields Trail project

Following the announcement of the proposed new bike and walking trail along the Icefields Parkway, Parks Canada will begin consulting with Indigenous Peoples, partners, stakeholders and the public on the project, in early 2017.   More

December 9, 2016

Lower Kananaskis Lake Redevelopment proposal

Alberta Parks seeks your input.   More

December 1, 2016

The December issue of Hiker’s Voice is out

There’s lots to read about in the December issue of Hiker’s Voice.   More

November 24, 2016

Farewell and Welcome on the Board

In the last few months, the AHA Board of Directors went through few changes. Murray Fierheller, vice chair, took over the chair position left vacant by the departure of Jane Ross, and we greeted two new board members.   More

November 15, 2016

New poll highlights connection Edmonton has with Bighorn Wildland

A new poll being released on November 8 by the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) highlights the strong relationship Metro Edmonton residents, and those living in Clearwater County, have with their headwaters.   More

October 10, 2016

Pros and cons of personal locator devices

Personal locator beacons are becoming popular additions to hikers’ gear   More

August 27, 2016

Canada 150 Fund

The Canada 150 Fund is a federal government grant to encourage active participation that brings Canadians together.   More

August 23, 2016

AHA board members meet Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

On July 14th, the Alberta Hiking Association was invited to meet with the Minister Phillips in an informal meet-and-greet session in Calgary   More

July 29, 2016

Help protect Edmonton’s water source!

CPAWS wants you to help protect the Bighorn Backcountry.   More

July 29, 2016

AHA at the Friends of Kananaskis Country 2nd Annual Trails Fest

On June 11 the Friends of Kananaskis Country hosted the 2nd Annual Trails Fest at Kananaskis Village.   More

July 10, 2016

A new Icefields Trail for Jasper National Park

A 107-km multi-use recreational trail is to be built from Jasper townsite to the Columbia Icefield.   More

June 26, 2016

Forest Bathing

Reduce your blood pressure and boost your immunity system by engaging in “forest bathing.”   More

June 23, 2016

The AHA attends Teck Coal’s Annual Trails/Public Access meeting

The annual stakeholder Trails and Public Access meeting hosted by Teck Coal was held in Cadomin on 17 June.   More

June 10, 2016

The June issue of Hiker’s Voice is now out

There’s lots to read about in the June issue of Hiker’s Voice.   More

May 21, 2016

A new hiking guide for the David Thompson Highway

A second edition of the popular David Thompson Highway Hiking Guide is now available.   More

May 21, 2016

Alberta Health Services’ Submit-A-Tick Programme

Alberta Health Services has a surveillance program to determine whether that blood-sucking tick you found carries lyme disease.   More

March 31, 2016

The AHA attends Jasper National Park’s annual public forum

David Wasserman, past Chair of the AHA, reports on Jasper National Park’s public forum held 16 March 2016.   More

February 3, 2016

Final Report on Managing Recreation on Public Land

The Environmental Law Centre has released its final report that compares Alberta’s legal framework for managing recreation with other jurisdictions.   More

December 1, 2015

The AHA first newsletter

Hiking and cross country ski stories. Trail descriptions. Calendar of club events. News of board activities. These are some of the pieces that you will find in our first newsletter.   More

November 6, 2015

The Minister of Environment and Parks responds to our letter

Minister Shannon Phillips addresses the issues raised in our letter of 24 September in which we cited several concerns.   More

October 26, 2015

First section of Calgary-Cochrane Trail completed

The 2.2 km Bearspaw Trail linking the west boundary of Calgary’s Haskayne Park with Michael’s Creek in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park has been completed.   More

October 1, 2015

The AHA writes to Hon. Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

The AHA has written to the Minister commending her government’s decision to enlarge and designate the Castle as a Wildland and Provincial Park.   More

September 17, 2015

$12.5M needed to complete the Trans Canada Trail through Alberta

To date, only $2.5M has been raised of the $12.5M needed to complete the Trans Canada Trail through Alberta.   More

September 8, 2015

A win for the Castle. A win for hikers. A win for Albertans.

On 4 September, the government announced that the entire Castle area will be included in both a wildland park and a new provincial park.   More

August 31, 2015

Whitehorse Wildland Provincial Park needs your help!

Pressure from OHV groups to have access to reclaimed mine lands threatens the non-motorized recreational future of this area.   More

August 31, 2015

Another portion of the TransCanada Trail opens 12 September 2015

Phase I of the Bragg Creek-Kananaskis Country segment of the TransCanada Trail opens 12 September.   More

July 20, 2015

Free trail maps

The Provincial Trail Map Project Steering Committee has completed the Southern Plains trail map.   More

July 5, 2015

Help the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association get a Canada 150 grant

The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association is applying for a Canada 150 grant of $75,000 to upgrade most of the remaining XC trail network.   More

July 3, 2015

TCT stories and updates from across Canada now available

The Trans Canada Trail releases a special progress report.   More

June 11, 2015

Get the poop on this programme!

Jasper National Park is asking hikers to volunteer to collect bear scat.   More

June 11, 2015

AHA Chair reports 2014-15 activities

Co-Chair David Wasserman submitted his report at the AGM.   More

June 10, 2015

The AHA participated in the first annual Friends of Kananaskis’ Trail Fest

The AHA was among a number of other clubs and associations that participated in the Trails Fest.   More

June 4, 2015

Metro interviews the AHA on the benefits of hiking

Metro published an interview with David Wasserman of the AHA recently on the benefits of hiking and how to get started.   More

May 18, 2015

The Friends of Kananaskis’ Trail Fest 30 May

The Friends of Kananaskis celebrate K-Country’s trails, people and culture on 30 May.   More

April 1, 2015

Alberta Health Services’ Submit-A-Tick Programme

Alberta Health Services has a surveillance program to determine whether that blood-sucking tick you found carries lyme disease.   More

October 20, 2014

The AHA makes a case for a Bighorn Wildland Park

The AHA argues that the Bighorn, that area south and west of Nordegg as far as the Banff National Park boundary, should be a wildland park.   More

October 20, 2014

OHVs allowed on B.C.’s portion of the Trans Canada Trail

B.C. hikers have been thwarted by their government over   More

August 14, 2014

The AHA writes to the Minister of Tourism, Recreation and Parks.

The release of the draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan has prompted the AHA to respond.   More

August 14, 2014

An update on Bragg Creek trails

The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association and volunteers announce that some of the trails, damaged or destroyed by last year’s floods, have been re-opened.   More

July 13, 2014

The state of the Trans Canada Trail in Alberta

Edmund Aunger writes about the lack of action by the Alberta government to complete the Alberta portions of the Trans Canada Trail.   More

July 9, 2014

Astoria trail now open to Tonquin Valley

The Astoria trail into Tonquin Valley re-opened to hikers and horses 1 July.   More

July 7, 2014

A new book, Climber’s Paradise, Making Canada’s Mountain Parks, 1906-1974, for your summer reading

A new book, Climber’s Paradise, Making Canada’s Mountain Parks, 1906-1974, is being published by University of Alberta Press this month.   More

July 3, 2014

The Minister for Environment and Sustainable Resource Development responds to AHA letter.

The Minister for Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has responded to our concerns about the draft North Saskatchewan Regional Plan.   More

June 10, 2014

The Alberta government commits $10 million to repair trails on public lands

The Department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has committed $10 million over three years to repair backcountry trails   More

June 10, 2014

A report of the first session of Phase I of the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan

An AHA member reports on the first session of the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan.   More

May 21, 2014

The Chair’s report to the AGM

David Wasserman, Chair of the AHA, addressed the association’s AGM, held in Calgary on 10 May.   More

May 12, 2014

The AHA addresses concerns about the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan

The AHA responds to the draft regional plan for the North Saskatchewan River   More

May 5, 2014

AHA Annual General Meeting

Plan to attend the AHA’s AGM 10 May in Calgary   More

March 16, 2014

The Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation drops a letter to the AHA

David Wasserman, President of the AHA, has received a letter from Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation.   More

December 18, 2013

AHA at the table of the Banff National Park planning forum

Earlier this month, Ghulam Jamro, director with the Alberta Hiking Association, sat in on Banff National Park’s annual planning forum.   More

December 8, 2013

More comments on Maligne Tours’ proposal for Maligne Lake

AHA member, Peter McClure, has carefully read the Maligne Tours’ proposal for a major development at Maligne Lake and shares his observations on the company’s pitch.   More

December 6, 2013

Jasper National Park releases a mountain trail use report

AHA has received from Parks Canada a mountain trail use survey done by Ipsos Reid.   More

December 2, 2013

AHA attends information session on Maligne Lake proposed development

Members of the Board of the AHA attended an information session on Maligne Tours proposed development at Maligne Lake on 26 November.   More

November 30, 2013

The AHA attends South Saskatchewan Regional Plan Workshops

Rick Young, Director and Treasurer of AHA, and Bertha Ford, Director of the AHA attended day-long workshops on the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) in Airdrie on November 20, 2013, and in Red Deer the week of 25 November.   More

November 16, 2013

Banff National Park annual Planning Forum date

Banff National Park will hold its annual planning forum Thursday 12 December 2013.   More

November 9, 2013

The AHA was at the table of Jasper National Park’s Management Plan Open House

David Wasserman, Chair of the AHA, attended Jasper National Park’s Management Plan Open House on 6 November 2013.   More

October 15, 2013

Volunteers needed to help re-build part of the Fox Creek Trail

After this summer’s devastating floods, trails and bridges in K-Country need to be repaired and/or rebuilt.   More

October 15, 2013

A draft of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan is now tabled

After a long consultative process, the Alberta Government has released a draft of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan for feedback.   More

September 12, 2013

“Protect the Castle” 
hike to Table Mountain

The Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition and the Bert Riggall Environmental Foundation invite hikers to join them for a hike to the top of Table Mountain on 15 September.   More

August 4, 2013

Proposed government legislation will affect all hikers

The AHA plans to be at the table when the Alberta government tables a DAO (delegated administrative organization) for trails this autumn.   More

July 15, 2013

Volunteers needed to help repair damage to Alberta parks

Alberta Parks is facing a massive infrastructure deficit following the recent floods and is putting out a call for volunteers to help with its efforts.   More

July 14, 2013

Volunteers needed to rebuild K Country trails

The Friends of Kananaskis Country is looking for volunteers – individuals and those associated with various regional hiking clubs – to help with rebuilding damaged trails.   More

July 13, 2013

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Kananaskis Country re-opens.

On July 11, Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation posted a News Release announcing the re-opening of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.   More

June 27, 2013

Heavy rainfall, floods damage hiking trails

Most hiking trails in the mountains in southern Alberta are closed.   More

June 4, 2013

Jasper National Park - Marmot Basin Plan

An expansion of Marmot Basin Ski Area into the Whistlers Creek valley, an important east-west wildlife corridor for the woodland caribou, would adversely affect this threatened species.   More

May 19, 2013

Jasper Trail Maintenance

Jasper National Park will have three crews maintaining and building trails this season   More

May 19, 2013

Bighorn Backcountry Update #2

The Bighorn Backcountry Standing Committee attracts government attention.   More

April 24, 2013

Join the Walk to the Headwaters!

To promote greater awareness of water conservation in southern Alberta, a walk is planned from the Saskatchewan border to the headwaters of the Oldman River July 13 to July 28.   More

April 22, 2013

The Castle Special Place needs protection

The Castle Special Place has suffered heavy degradation over the years and only designation as a Wildland Provincial Park can offer the protection that is needed.   More

April 6, 2013

Stakeholders support caribou conservation

Public input indicates that the majority of stakeholders are willing to adjust their recreational use of the mountain parks to meet Parks’ caribou conservation efforts.   More

March 21, 2013

Fundraiser for the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association

The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association's second annual fundraiser, Tunes for Trails, will take place Saturday, April 27th, at the Bragg Creek Community Centre.   More

March 21, 2013

Doug and Mary Campbell and the National Hiking Trail

Forty years in the making, the National Hiking Trail is still several disconnected strands of trail, which Campbell envisions one day will include 10,000 kilometres of well-maintained trails free of motorized-vehicles.   More

February 27, 2013

Opening Jasper’s backcountry to winter tourism?

Workshops on the possibility of opening Jasper’s backcountry in the winter for recreational users are being held in Edmonton and Jasper the last week of February.   More

November 24, 2012

Thinking Mountains conference, University of Alberta

Between 11 and 14 December 2012, the Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative (CMSI) at the University of Alberta will host its first interdisciplinary conference to explore how mountains are understood.   More

November 9, 2012

West Bragg Creek trail system to be protected

Months of public objections to Environment and Sustainable Development’s FireSmart logging plan and pressure on the government to listen to the West Bragg Creek trail users have paid off.   More

October 11, 2012

Government deception on West Bragg Creek logging

Another disastrous meeting regarding logging in West Bragg Creek and the resultant destruction of recreational trails was held on 25 September, this time with Minister Diane McQueen in attendance.   More

September 19, 2012

West Bragg Creek Update

Another meeting with ESRD regarding logging West Bragg Creek has been called for Tuesday, 25 September.   More

September 5, 2012

Bighorn Backcountry Update

The Bighorn Backcountry Standing Committee has an AHA representative   More

September 4, 2012

The Cheviot-Prospect Valleys will need protection

The future of Whitehorse Wildland Park and the Cheviot-Prospect Valleys need to be discussed now, particularly in regard to recreation access once active mining ceases.   More

August 20, 2012

Mountaineer and environmental advocate dies

Rick Collier, a well-known Calgary mountaineer and environmental advocate, died last week in a climbing accident in B.C.   More

August 17, 2012

Logging to proceed in West Bragg Creek in September

Despite public concerns expressed at the emotional August 2 information session regarding logging in West Bragg Creek, the government plans to allow Spray Lake Sawmills to begin harvesting in September.   More

August 17, 2012

Ministerial response to West Bragg Creek logging issue

ESRD Minister Diana McQueen responded to AHA Director Maurice Gaucher’s concerns regarding logging in West Bragg Creek.   More

July 24, 2012

The Alberta Government calls a meeting over logging in West Bragg Creek

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has announced that it will host a facilitated meeting on Thursday 2 August at the Bragg Creek Community Hall.   More

July 5, 2012

New trails open in West Bragg Creek

Last year saw the Greater Bragg Creek Trail Association build a phenomenal 27 kilometres of new trails in the West Bragg Creek area.   More

June 27, 2012

Fire destroys an important link in the Iron Horse Trail

A recent fire renders the Beaver River trestle bridge on the Iron Horse Trail unusable, so trail users can no longer use the trail into or out of Cold Lake.   More

June 21, 2012

Town Hall meeting about logging West Bragg Creek

A town hall meeting at the Bragg Creek Community Center in mid-April 2012 just prior to the provincial election sparked a heated debate between Spray Lakes Sawmills and concerned citizens about the impact that Spray Lakes’ clear cut logging will have on West Bragg Creek’s heavily used trail system.   More

June 18, 2012

Hiking the Ghost

The Ghost Watershed Alliance Society, a group that identifies ecosystem and environmental issues related to the Ghost-Waiparous watershed, is encouraging hikers to “hike the Ghost”.   More

May 28, 2012

Premier Alison Redford addresses West Bragg Creek logging issue

Premier Alison Redford addresses West Bragg Creek logging issue   More

May 28, 2012

A web editor means a more dynamic website

Do you have a news item? Or do you wish to raise an issue related to our mandate? Please help us create an interesting and lively website. Don’t be shy. Send your contribution to Contact Us.    More

January 27, 2012

AHA speaks up against Bragg Creek clear cuts

Re: Clear Cut Logging of the West Bragg Creek Recreation Area   More

July 28, 2011

Add your input to the National Trails Survey

All Canadian trail users are asked to review the National Trails Roundtable Summary Report and respond to the on-line survey described in the national trails roundtable press release.   More

May 25, 2011

New stamp for Parks Canada's 100th Anniversary features a Hiker

A new Canada Post stamp to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada will be available on May 19th. Designed by Banff native Tim Nokes, the new stamp celebrates Canada's extensive Parks system which began with Banff Park.   More

May 1, 2011

Kate and Wills to get Canadian hiking gear

Canada encourages the new royal couple to go for a hike with a gift of hiking gear.   More

March 5, 2011

Snowshoeing on the Ski Trails of Peter Lougheed Park

Snowshoers need to be aware of the needs of cross-country skiers on shared trails.   More

January 27, 2011

AHA Letter to Minister re Alberta Parks Act

The Alberta Hiking Association has asked the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation to discard the Alberta Parks Act, since it is damaging to parks that hikers enjoy.   More

January 12, 2011

Review of second generation SPOT backcountry safety communications device

Many backcountry backpackers and their friends and families worry about safety in the wilderness. The SPOT device is intended to allow low-costemergency communication.   More

January 9, 2011

Jasper Parks Plan response‏

The Alberta Hiking Association has sent a response to the Jasper Natioonal Park management plan.   More

March 31, 2010

Deregulation and transfer of eight small provincial recreation areas located across Alberta

Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation (TPR) has recently deregulated and transferred eight small provincial recreation areas located across Alberta to the local municipality for their continued operation as public recreation sites.   More

February 27, 2010

English Bay Recreation Area Proposed Campground Redevelopment

Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation invite Albertans to comment on a proposed campground redevelopment at English Bay Provincial Recreation Area.   More

February 24, 2010

Annual Planning Forum for Jasper National Park of Canada

The superintendent of Jasper National Park has released a summary report on the public forums held to discuss the park management plan in November.   More

February 11, 2010

Update on Alberta's Plan for Parks 2009-2019

After less than a year into Alberta's 10 year Plan for Parks, Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation gives updates on their progress.   More

November 26, 2009

Draft All Seasons Trail Plan developed for West Bragg Creek Kananaskis Country

A multi-stakeholder Planning Advisory Committee have gathered input to prepare a draft All Seasons Trail Plan for West Bragg Creek Kananaskis Country.   More

November 25, 2009

The Hiker’s Perspective: Response submitted by the AHA on Mountain Parks Plan

The Alberta Hiking Association has submitted its response to the Banff National Park Management Plan on November 25th.    More

January 30, 2009

AHA Response to the Park Users Survey

The AHA send a letter to the Office of the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation regarding the report on the park users survey.   More

January 29, 2009

Survey on Albertan's Priorities for Provincial Parks

This is the final report submitted by The Praxis Group who conduct a survey on Albertan's Priorities for Provincial Parks.   More

December 22, 2008

Response to Draft #2 of Alberta's Plan for Parks

The Alberta Hiking Association comments on the revised version of the Alberta's Plan for Parks.   More

December 12, 2008

Thumbs down from environmental group to the Jasper Trails Plan

Extensive trail development around the Town of Jasper has brought claims by environmentalists that routes are poorly designed to afford maximum protection to wildlife...   More

November 25, 2008

Concerns for hikers about Plan for Parks

There is concern among many hikers on some aspects of the Alberta Government’s proposals for our provincial parks and protected areas.   More

November 1, 2008

A new organisation is born: Alberta Hiking Association

The Alberta Hiking Association was incorporated as Hike Alberta Society on June 19, 2008, under the Alberta Societies Act.   More