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January 06, 2017

Buffalo Homecoming celebration on March 03, 2017 at Cave & Basin National Historic Site, Banff, AB

After over a century, wild bison have returned to Banff National Park. Celebrate their historic homecoming by sharing in an evening of first-hand stories from the reintroduction, live entertainment and local fare. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite...


January 23, 2015

Postcards to Ottawa

Thousands more add their voice to support the return of wild plains bison to Banff National Park in ceremony with MP Blake Richards.

Banff, Alberta. Today Blake Richards, Member of Parliament, received close to 3,000 signed postcards showing support for Parks Canada's effort to re-introduce wild plains bison in Banff National Park. Read the Press Release...


July 30, 2013

3rd Annual Tea Celebration in the Luxton Gardens

Saturday, August 10, 2013, from 2:00-4:00pm
Luxton Gardens: 206 Beaver Street, Banff, AB


You are invited to join us for the annual Bison Belong tea from 2:00-4:00pm at the Banff Luxton Gardens. This year theme will be based on the stories behind the numerous historical and cultural bison symbols in Banff. Come share your story and enjoy gifted songstress and harpist Jacqueline Dolan while you have a sip of tea. View the 2013 Luxton Tea Poster...


May 31, 2012

Keeping the bison alive through theatre

If it looks like a bison, walks like a bison, and sounds like a bison, it's probably Parks Canada ambassador Steve Jarand.

He isn't like a half human, half bison, centaur experiment gone wrong, he was just sporting a bison costume on Saturday afternoon at Banff's Parks Day celebration in Central Park. Read the full story in the Banff Crag & Canyon...


February 01, 2012

Parks Canada Bison Reintroduction Backgrounder

Parks Canada is launching formal public consultation on the reintroduction of plains bison to Banff National Park. Over the next year Canadians will have the opportunity to shape and inform Parks Canada's plans for the future of bison in Canada's first national park. View PDF Backgrounder...


February 01, 2012

Parks Canada Bison Reintroduction News Release

Banff, Alberta, January 27, 2012 - The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the start of public consultation that will shape and inform Parks Canada's plans to restore plains bison to Banff National Park. View PDF Press Release...


January 25, 2012

Parks Canada Announcement

Bison Belong is pleased to announce that The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada is due to announce the beginning of consultation on the reintroduction of Plains Bison to Banff National Park. The Bison Belong team will be present and we will report details of the announcement as soon as possible.

Bison Belong Winter

Our hopes of seeing bison roaming wild in Banff National Park are one step closer!


August 31, 2011

WIN a getaway to Cathedral Mountain Lodge... enter to win by September 8, 2011

Tunnel Mountain

Enter to win a two night get-away including a three-course supper for two at Cathedral Mountain Lodge. The question is: what is the name of the mountain pictured in Banff, Alberta. Clue: it is also known as Tunnel Mountain – you can also view the image on our Bison Belong Facebook page.

Send your answer to our skill testing question to and you will be entered to win a weekend away at Cathedral Mountain Lodge, valid thru to September 30, 2011 & June 1 - 30, 2012. Please type your answer in the body of your email and include the best way to get a hold of you. We will notify the winner by mid September.

Deadline to enter to win is September 8, 2011.

Many thanks to Cathedral Mountain Lodge for showing their support of the return of bison to their neighbouring national park and donating this beautiful getaway.


June 24, 2011
All events will be held in Banff, Alberta

Exhibit featuring Walking Buffalo Officially opens at the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

A photographic exhibit commemorating the 1960 World Peace Journey by Alberta First Nations opens June 24. Photographs by Bob Flemming include striking portraits of Chief Walking Buffalo from the Stoney Nakoda Nation at Morley. Walking Buffalo visited 18 countries and four continents along with his colleagues, imparting the message that we are all one family and must work together for peace among all nations.

Unveiling of the Bison Belong Interpretative Art Display at Cascade Ponds from 12:30 to 1:00 pm.

Come and see the silhouettes of bison at Cascade Pond. Parks Canada hopes the bison exhibit creates a connection between visitors and the story of bison in Banff National Park. The Banff National Park Management Plan includes provisions, including proper consultation processes, for re-establishing bison to the park. Tea and cookies served.

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Celebration at the Bison Courtyard in Banff from 3:00 to 7:00 pm

In partnership with the Francos de la Bow, the Bison Belong team invites you for a Saint-Jean-Baptiste celebration of music and culture at the Bison Courtyard in Banff from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Bison Pizza and side orders for just $5. Come to learn more about the pending bison re-introduction to Banff National Park.

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June 16, 2011

Wolf and bison coexistence subject of study

Parks Canada is exploring the possibility of reintroducing bison to the Rocky Mountains, as part of the 2010 Banff National Park Management Plan. Before the federal agency makes that move, however, it has promised to address a variety of concerns, including the effect bison would have on wolves, and how that in turn could affect other more vulnerable species, such as caribou. Read the full story in the Rocky Mountain Outlook...


June 15, 2011

Bison Belong Outreach Coordinator Julia Lynx visits Banff Community High School to discuss the bison introduction with grade nine students in Jason Ell's class. These engaged students were ready to discuss the pro's and con's of the introduction. Many were shocked to know that 5000 year old bison skulls have been found right in the Banff Town site.


April 14, 2011

Canmore Votes in Favour of Bison Belong

After being asked to pass a motion of support last month by Bison Belong, council voted last Tuesday (April 5) to encourage Parks Canada to move ahead with wild bison restoration in the Bow and Red Deer River valleys and encourage the provincial government to co-operate with the federal agency... Read the full story in the Rocky Mountain Outlook...


March 02, 2011

Letter of support for Bison Belong from Town of Canmore

View letter from Canmore Mayor, Ron Casey...


January 20, 2011

Join us on Friday February 18 at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies


$2.00 admission, Members Free

Noon, Part One

Bring your lunch and join us for a conversation of what the re-introduction of bison (buffalo) would mean for Banff National Park. Speakers will include Tim O'Donoghue, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, who will discuss the experiences of living with bison near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and Kevin Van Tighem, Banff National Park Superintendent on Parks Canada's vision about bringing wild bison into the park.

1:30pm, Part Two

Listen to a stimulating round-table discussion about the impact of the re-introduction of bison (buffalo) to Banff National Park. A number of experts – including Bill Hunt, Parks Canada; Leslie Taylor, Consultant, Harvey Locke, trustee at the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation; Cliff White, Research Director, Canadian Rockies Bison Initiative; Gord Vaadeland, Executive Director of the Sturgeon River Plains Bison Stewards, SK and Tim O'Donoghue, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce – will discuss their varied perspectives on this issue while welcoming audience questions and input.


June 18, 2010

Reintroducing the plains bison in Banff: Now a goal established by Parks Canada

It is with great pleasure that Bison Belong campaign welcomes the new 2010 Banff National Park Management Plan, by Parks Canada.

Under the section for Species at Risk, a specific goal is dedicated to wild bison. "Reintroducing a breeding population of the extirpated plains bison, a keystone species that have been absent from the park since its establishment (...)" art. p.38. But public support must still be shown for this to happen.

The idea of reintroducing the bison has been in the Banff Management Plan since 1997. Now 13 years later, Wild bisons can return to roaming a landscape they lived in for thousands of years.

Let's create a buffalo herd and give a gift to Banff National Park on its 125th birthday!

Help the bison reintroduction by adding your voice to the Bison Belong supporters.

Read the Banff National Park Management Plan section on Bison...


March 02, 2010 – NEW IUCN Report

Bringing bison back to North America

The next 10 to 20 years could be extremely significant for restoring wild populations of plains bison to their original roaming grounds. But for this to happen, more land must be made available for herds to roam free, government policies must be updated and the public must change its attitude towards bison. We can start right now in Banff National Park.

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Read the full PDF report on American Bison here...