The everyday adventures of a parks interpreter

Story by Scott Sunderwald – Alberta Parks Interpreter

20170708_185052I often say that being an interpreter for Alberta Parks is more of a calling than a job. It takes many years of dedicated seasonal work to prove your salt, and, even then, only a few people are lucky enough to build a full-time career from interpretation.  I try to remember that every day and count my blessings. Continue reading

The campdown is over – the May long weekend is finally here!

Albertans are eager to get outside and shake off the memory of a long, cold winter. But before you pack up the tent, load the kids and dog into your family vehicle and hit the road for a memorable long weekend adventure, here are a few friendly tips and reminders to keep in mind.

Nature is unpredictable, and your equipment can unexpectedly fail, so planning ahead is the key to an enjoyable and memorable experience.

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Gobble up your turkey and pie at an Alberta Provincial Park

For many Albertans, Thanksgiving weekend is a time to get together with family and friends to enjoy one another’s company and a hearty meal! This year, why not escape to a provincial park and have your Thanksgiving dinner surrounded by Alberta’s autumn splendor?IMG_5447

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Camping in Castle Provincial Park


If you’re looking for an amazing camping experience this summer, visit Alberta’s newest provincial park, Castle Provincial Park!

There are four excellent, but basic campgrounds are available at Beaver Mines Lake, Castle Bridge, Castle Falls and Lynx Creek. These have fire pits, vault toilets, garbage services and well graveled roads and camping pads. Recent investments this spring have improved pad size and most are rather spacious with privacy between sites. These are first-come, first-served sites. You fill out a permit and pay when you arrive.

Castle Provincial Park is also an ideal destination for campers looking for a more rugged experience, and if this is the direction you decide to go, there are a few things you need to know!

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New attraction wheels into Fish Creek Provincial Park!

Calgary’s first public mountain bike skills park is now open at Fish Creek Provincial Park. Built on a former empty field, the new space gives Albertans of all skills and ages the opportunity to try out mountain biking in an accessible, controlled environment.

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Alberta Parks’ Vibrant Volunteers

Alberta Parks has a vibrant volunteer program. People who love the outdoors have dedicated thousands of hours to help support and conserve our province’s protected areas.


Did you know that there are three main ways you can share your time and expertise with us?


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Working to fortify the Castle

2017-01-18_12-29-09The 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.
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An Avalanche of Information on Winter Safety

avalanche-day-signAvalanche Awareness Day is a national celebration of Canada’s avalanche safety expertise. Each year Alberta Parks hosts this event in Kananaskis Country.

Alberta Avalanche Actualities

There are an average of 15 to 20 “avalanche involvements” reported to Alberta Parks every season. An “avalanche involvement” may include a person(s) caught and buried (or partially buried) in an avalanche that is either injured or uninjured. However, we suspect that many more avalanche involvements occur each year that go unreported. Our staff perform avalanche control using explosives to mitigate avalanche risk to the highways within the Kananaskis Region. This occurs an average of 3 to 4 times per season. Continue reading

Meet Our Alberta Parks Ambassadors – Wendy D

Alberta Parks Ambassadors are united by a common passion for all things Alberta Parks and a desire to share their experiences. This spring, 130 people applied to take part in the Ambassador Program and from those applicants 13 were chosen to bring their adventures to life for everyone to enjoy and to inspire people to have their own Alberta Parks experience.

Through this 13 part blog series, we will introduce your Alberta Parks Ambassadors and share what they’ve been up to this summer.

2016-09-27_8-52-53Wendy D

Wendy’s husband and their three dogs – Coulee, Lacey and Summit – love nothing more than to spend summer weekends hiking and camping. With their 70’s era trailer that they have affectionately named “Nugget” literally in tow, they have had  several Alberta Parks adventures. Continue reading