Castle Provincial Park & Castle Wildland Provincial Park

Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Parks offer front-country, back-country and wilderness experiences across 105,500 hectares. Alberta's Castle Parks protect diverse habitat and major wildlife movement corridors for wide-ranging species such as grizzly bears and westslope cutthroat trout.

As of February 2017, the Government of Alberta officially established the Castle Provincial Park, and the expansion of the Castle Wildland Provincial Park. The establishment of these areas under Parks’ legislation protects important fish and wildlife habitats, shared international wildlife populations and provides headwater protection. In addition, significant recreation and tourism potential of the area will be enhanced, 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.

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Latitude: 49.366638 Longitude: -114.307335 Elevation: 4754 ft
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Highlights of this State or Provincial Park

The Castle Provincial Park is 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 offers a wide range opportunities to reconnect with nature through leisure, learning and recreation. Facilities and infrastructure support a front-country experience.

The Castle Wildland Provincial Park is 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 threatened species such as westslope cutthroat trout. The Wildland Provincial Park provides for back-country and wilderness experiences where facilities will be limited to trails and back-country campsites that minimize visitor impacts. There will be limited built infrastructure.

WINTER PROGRAMS

NEW- The Castle Provincial Park Visitor Services Team is pleased to announce guided snowshoeing adventures. Most depart from Syncline South Nordic Trailhead.

  • Guided Christmas Bird Count January 6- Guided snowshoeing and birdwatching for beginners starts @ 10 am & 2 pm. Meet at Syncline South.

  • Starshoeing Friday – Let the Castle Parks Winter Guides prepare the perfect evening for you. Snowshoe under the starlit sky of Castle Provincial Park.
    Outing Dates: January 19 | February 2, 9, 16, 23 | March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • Winter Wildlife Snowshoe Saturday January 20 - Explore winter through the eyes of Castle Provincial Park’s wildlife from 10 am - Noon!

  • Adventure Snowshoeing Saturday – Get off the beaten path! Let the Castle Parks Winter Guides take you through the hidden gems of the park and explore off-trail!
    Outing Dates: January 20 | February 3, 10, 24 | March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

  • Wilderness Field Series- Nap Anywhere; Shelter Building 101 February 4- Endure any weather in comfort and style by learning to build snow shelters, Quinzhees, and pit shelters. Master the art of tarp shelters and rope work.

  • Sightseeing & Photography Bus Tour February 10 & March 24- Join an expert Guide on full afternoon tour excursion of the beautiful Castle Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park. Enjoy spectacular views, local cuisine, hot drinks and opportunities for wildlife sightings and other amazing winter sights. *Limited space available!

  • Wilderness Field Series- Fire February 11- Join us for an adventure and learn age-old methods to make fire in any weather, under any condition. Make your own char cloth tinder bundles, and practice fire starting. Use flint and steel, bow drills and fire boards.

  • Family Day Ice Fishing Weekend February 17-18- Get hooked on ice fishing, pick up some new tricks, and try our underwater camera! Licensing is provided.

  • Wilderness Field Series- Navigation February 25- Go farther, stay safer; an introduction to using practical navigation on your next big adventure. Learn to use landmarks, “handrails”, topographical maps and compass, GPS, and natures clues to keep you on the right track.

  • Castle Moonlight Tour March 2- Join a Castle Winter Guide on a bucket list experience in Castle Provincial Park. Enjoy a campfire and snowshoe under the moonlit sky and be the first to snowshoe the new Syncline Snowshoe route, with a guide. 

  • Wilderness Field Series- Tracks & Plants March 4- Learn or practice your wildlife track ID skills, as well as how to identify plants in the winter. Take a walk with our experienced guides and explore the forest through the quiet signs left in the winter forests. Learn about wildlife safety in all seasons.

  • Wilderness Field Series- Mountain Weather & Snow Science March 11- Join an avalanche-savvy Guide and learn to interpret snow and weather; they know when things are going downhill!

Registration is required, call (403) 627-1152 or email swparks@gov.ab.ca for information or to register. Click HERE for more information.

Best Seasons or Dates to Visit

Excellent recreational opportunities year round!

Driving Directions to Key Access Points

Pincher Creek to Castle Provincial Park:

West of Pincher Creek on Hwy 507,  southwest on Hwy 774 or follow Hwy 3 west of Pincher Creek to Hwy 507 then to Hwy 774

Crowsnest Pass to Castle Wildland Provincial Park- Carbondale River: 

From Main Street in the Crowsnest Pass community of Blairmore, follow 133 Avenue across the railway tracks (GPS N49 36.438 W114 26.000) and continue to 131 Street. Turn west and follow the sharpish uphill bend to the end of asphalt and the start of Sartoris Road (GPS N49 36.225 W114 26.237).

From here on, the road is surfaced with gravel, not always well-graded. Continue south along Sartoris Road to its end at a T-intersection with Township Road 61A (GPS N49 27.252 W114 24.559). From there, you may follow the gravelled road east to its junction with Highway 507 (GPS N49 30.583 W114 12.115).

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