What You Can Do
The Government of Alberta is pleased to announce the official establishment of the Castle Provincial Park, and the expansion of the Castle Wildland Provincial Park. The establishment of these areas under Parks’ legislation will protect important fish and wildlife habitats, shared international wildlife populations and provide headwater protection. In addition, this will enhance the significant recreation and tourism potential of the area, contribute to the local economy, improve the quality of life of Albertans and continue to position Alberta as an international tourism destination.
Conservation of nature will be the primary objective of both parks. Biodiversity conservation, protection of headwaters and species at risk, and ecological connectivity will underscore management decisions. Indigenous Peoples’ rights, cultural values and traditional uses are of critical importance.
Alberta Parks Environment and Parks wants to hear from you! Click HERE to provide feedback on the draft Management Plan by April 20, 2017.
What the Result Will Be
Your input will help Alberta Environment and Parks decide how the below new Castle Parks will be managed going forward.
The Castle Provincial Park will be approximately 25,500 hectares in size, and includes the previous Lynx Creek Provincial Recreation Area (PRA), Castle Falls PRA, Castle River Bridge PRA, Syncline PRA and Beaver Mines PRA. The Provincial Park will offer a wide range opportunities to reconnect with nature through leisure, learning and recreation. Facilities and infrastructure will support a front-country experience.
The Castle Wildland Provincial Park will be approximately 80,000 hectares in size, and includes the most critical and sensitive areas for headwaters and wildlife, including major wildlife movement corridors for wide-ranging species such as grizzly bear, and habitat for threated species such as westslope cutthroat trout. The Wildland Provincial Park will provide for back-country and wilderness experiences where facilities will be limited to trails and backcountry campsites that minimize visitor impacts. There will be limited built infrastructure.