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New Conservation Strategy for Woodland Caribou

May 24th, 2012 by

Woodland CaribouThe Woodland caribou numbers have been found to be declining across Canada. One of the places includes Jasper National Park, home of Mt Robson Mountain River Lodge. This is why recently Parks Canada have been working hard to reduce threats and come up with a definitive conservation strategy.

In Jasper National Park experts say there could be as little as 100 Mountain Caribou left. The last sensus was in 1988 and there were about 175 so there has been a decline in numbers.

Woodland Caribou are different from most caribou

The caribou that you learn about growing up, which in most cases are barren-ground caribou in large herds, migratory animals, moving to the coast to calve, and then back are different from the Woodland Caribou. Woodland Caribou live below the treeline most of the time and don’t live in large herds or move to the coast to calve.

There are five threats to the Woodland Caribou:

1) Altered predator prey dynamics. What happens is there is a overpopulation of Elk which provides an abundant food source to wolves, and the wolves then eat the Caribou which are out numbered.

Wolf2) Increased predator access. The Caribou create this safety zone between the wolves, when humans create tracks that go into Caribou habitat it makes it easier for wolves to access the Caribou.

3) Human interaction. Traffic accidents have caused a number of Caribou deaths within the park, speed zones have been set to help solve this problem. Also when people are hiking in Caribou habitiat sometimes they will run great distances from people landing them in a zone where they may be unsafe.

4) And the fourth threat is habitat loss. It is not as much of an issue within the park because logging is not allowed, yet things like fire can be a threat by changing the habitat for Caribou. Outside the National Park there are habitat changes such as cut blocks, pipelines, and seismic lines.

5) The fifth threat is small population size. For example, the entire Bamff heard was lost in just one avalanche. Every animal is precious in this small population of Caribou.

Want to get involved?

Please contact:
Parks Canada Caribou
Jasper National Park
P.O. Box 10
Jasper, AB
T0E 1E0

Phone: 780-852-6204
Fax: 780-852-4775

Jasper Park Lodge

January 14th, 2012 by claudia

On the shore of Lake Beauvert is one of the crown jewels from days past, when in the early 1900’s the Canadian National Railroad Company built resorts in the remote mountain wilderness. Stroll around the property, and enjoy a pot of the best coffee on the outdoor decks overlooking the lake. Golfers can enjoy the links, rated as o

Jasper Tramway

January 14th, 2012 by claudia

Canada’s longest and highest aerial tramway. This gondola whisks you up Whistler’s Mountain to an elevation of 2285 metres (7500 feet) for stunning vistas of mountain peaks as far as the eye can see. A hiking trail leads you up the summit of the mountain where you can see Mount Robson on a clear day, over 80 km away. Gift shop and cafés are available.

Located 1  hour drive from Mountain River Lodge.

Miette Hotsprings

January 14th, 2012 by claudia

These natural hotsprings are the hottest in the Canadian Rockies, and have to be cooled to a comfortable temperature for you to enjoy. As modern as any pool, the days of bathing on the rocks and in mud are no longer, but it is very enjoyable non the less. The facility includes 2 hot pools, a cool pool, and a café.
Swimsuits and towels are available to rent.
Located 2 hour drive from Mountain River Lodge.

Maligne Valley

January 14th, 2012 by claudia

Just a few kilometers outside of Jasper town heading east, you will find the road to Maligne Canyon and Lake. Although the Canyon is just a few minutes on this road, the lake itself is 65 km further.  One of our favorite walks, don’t miss the interpretive trail as it winds its way from the start at the Teahouse across 6 bridges where you can stare down the deep gorge and feel the spray of the thunderous Maligne River below. Then continue by car to mysterious Medicine Lake, a place of old Indian legend. Due to a unique drainage system connected underground to other lakes, the water level changes from season to season… sometimes it actually disappears completely! Your final destination is at the end of the road, where you are at the start of spectacular Maligne Lake. Stretching 22 km long, it is the second largest glacier-feed lake in the world. A one and a half hour boat cruise will take you past glacier-studded mountains to famous Spirit Island. See

Located 1 to 2  hour drive from Mountain River Lodge.

Mount Edith Cavell

January 14th, 2012 by claudia

Few summits in Jasper Park can match this craggy beauty. A small, powder blue meltwater lake and beautiful Angle Glacier are easily reached by a short self-guided trail that winds its way through the moonlike terrain of rocks left behind by past iceages. Another longer trail leads to lovely alpine flower meadows.
Located 1.5 hour drive from Mountain River Lodge.

Athabasca Falls

January 14th, 2012 by claudia

Among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains, the Athabasca River thunders through a narrow gorge where the walls have been smoothed and potholed by the sheer force of the rushing water. Located a little more than 1 hour drive from Mountain River Lodge.

Sunwapta Falls

January 14th, 2012 by claudia

Sunwapta is Stoney Indian for “turbulent river”. At the falls, the river plunges in a cloud of spray into a deep canyon. A good place for a break, stop in the restaurant of the Sunwapta Lodge for a beverage and lunch, and don’t miss its gift shop with great gift and souvenir items. Located 1.5 hour drive from Mountain River Lodge.

Columbia Icefield

January 14th, 2012 by claudia

You can’t miss this massive glacier as it almost touches the highway as you drive by. The largest icefield south of the Arctic Circle, shimmering glacial ice and snow cover some 386 sq km. (233 sq. miles). An exciting 55 minute informative Snocoach Tour will take you out onto the glacier for awe-inspiring views of icy crevasses in a comfortable 55 person specially designed bus. We highly recommend taking this tour if you want to see the glacier. Not recommended to walk on the glacier as the natural hazards of crevasses and ice pockets have claimed lives in the past. Located 2 hour drive from Mountain River Lodge.

Highway 93 – Icefields Parkway

January 5th, 2012 by claudia

Claims to be one of the most scenic routes in the world, this highway connects from Banff/Lake Louis to Jasper, and offers visitors non-stop ohhhs and aawwes!

Although it is 230 km long and can be driven in less than 3 hours, we recommend spending the better part of the day enjoying the many stops to view lakes, waterfalls, and glaciers. Get out of the car often and stretch your legs for those many “Kodak” moments!