Experience the Mountain Parks
In 2005, upon receiving the news that our co-publishing contract with Parks Canada would not be renewed for the production of The Parks Canada Mountain Guide, CMI Publishing launched Experience the Mountain Parks. The mandate was clear. We wanted to produce a visitors’ guide that would complement Parks Canada’s publication, and extend the reach for this important information out into the visitor centres, hotels and attractions within southern BC and Alberta that were outside of the national parks.The 2006-2007 edition of Experience the Mountain Parks had a page count of 40 pages and a print run of 500,000 copies. Over the years, the page count has increased to 84 pages and the cover of the 2012-2013 edition was printed on coated glossy paper.The launch of Experience the Mountain Parks required that we build our own network of distribution outlets, fabricate magazine racks, and outsource writers, photographers, an editor, sales reps, and delivery personnel.
Experience the Cowboy Trail and Kananaskis Country
Our goal is to lure people to the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies to experience the mountain parks and the rich authentic cowboy culture, while they explore the many unique Alberta communities that serve this region.The focus of our editorial is shared between the vast areas known as Kananaskis Country and The Cowboy Trail. Readers will appreciate the descriptions of summer trails, the maps, images and campground grids. The information provided on western and ranch activities, communities and culture will make this guide a ‘keeper’. The specific parks, ranches and communities covered from year to year will change, so don’t be surprised if readers collect the issues for future reference.Readers refer to it regularly. Our guide becomes their travelling companion, so you can be confident that your marketing message will be noticed! This magazine will be read by an estimated 130,000 people – both residents of and visitors to Alberta. Many more will view our digital versions on-line.
Experience Calgary & Kananaskis
Calgary is Alberta’s largest city. One of the many reasons why residents live in “Cow Town” is because of the amazing outdoor recreation opportunities available within and in close proximity to this dynamic community.
Fish Creek Provincial Park is one of the largest urban parks in North America. Located in south Calgary, Fish Creek receives more than 2.5 million visitations a year and it is just one of about 75 parks in the city. In addition, there are more than 1,000 km of paths in Calgary, many of which have been connected in recent years by the Rotary/ Mattamy Greenway.
Kananaskis Country was born in 1978, and received world-wide attention when Calgary hosted the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Located just a half hour west of town, Calgarians think of “K-Country” as their “back yard”.
Here you will learn about a wide range of year-round activities such as jogging, cycling, swimming, bird watching, dog walking, picnics, and cross country skiing.
Come explore Calgary & Kananaskis!
Jasper Visitor Map
In 1990, The Jasper Booster, a local newspaper in Jasper, Alberta, launched a fold-out map that featured the Townsite of Jasper on one side and Jasper National Park on the other.Surrounding the maps, space was sold to local merchants for business card-sized ads. In 2009, the Jasper Booster closed its doors, and CMI Publishing acquired the publishing rights for The Jasper Map. Since 2010, we have printed this map annually, and the print run has increased from 84,000 to 100,000 copies each year.
Kananaskis Trail Maps
There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Kananaskis Country year round, but you need to know where you’re going, and what activities are permitted in each unique recreation area. That’s why we’ve recently published, in cooperation with Alberta Parks, four updated official winter trail maps, to compliment the official summer trail maps we published last spring. All eight trail maps are now available in a digital format online. Download them, or print them off before you head into K-Country. Our Snowshoe Trails Map features 16 designated snowshoe trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, the Kananaskis Valley, and the Chester/Sawmill areas. And our Cross Country Skiing Maps detail numerous trails in Mount Shark, Peter Lougheed and Ribbon Creek. These maps are essential for snowshoers, cross-country skiers and winter hikers. We’ve even included Winter Trail Etiquette tips to help you make the most of the experience for everyone.
We wish you safety and enjoyment out on the winter trails!
Coal Tour Map (not available in 2019)
CMI Publishing has been authorized to reprint the Commemorative Tour Mine Map this spring. This popular commemorative map was originally printed in 1998 in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Rocky Mountain Coal Branch. The reprinted map will be distributed for free by Information Centres, businesses and attractions throughout the region. You’ll also be able to access it online at any time in our Digital Library!