The newly created Castle Provincial Park and expanded Castle Wildland Provincial Park are two of the most important natural sites in Alberta.
These areas are part of a unique ecosystem that is internationally recognized for its biodiversity and landscapes, and encompasses headwaters that supply one third of the water in the Oldman Watershed.
These parks contain significant cultural sites including numerous archaeological, historical and First Nations traditional use sites. It’s a special place where families can camp and hike, children can catch their first fish and Indigenous people can celebrate their culture.
Balancing protection and purpose
Management of the human footprint to maintain the ecosystem, the natural processes and the visitor experience will be informed by the best available science, the most current information, and First Nations traditional ecological knowledge.
Management practices will consider the needs of current and future users, the perspectives of local communities and stakeholders and, where appropriate, incorporate long-standing land management practices such as grazing and hunting. A wide range of recreational activities will be supported, and the development of new compatible experiences will be encouraged.
How you can help
The Castle area has the potential to be a significant driver of the local and provincial tourism economy. From now until March 30, Albertans are invited to participate in public consultation through online engagement on the draft Castle Parks Management Plan, that looks to set clear objectives and strategies for management of the Castle over a 10-year period.
This is your opportunity to share your vision of the Castle and tell us what matters most to you.