Prospector’s Point is a great lookout at Imrie Park
Many Albertans may be surprised to learn that Imrie Park is, technically speaking, not a provincial park.
Located a half-hour drive northwest of Edmonton, it’s a beautiful natural area with camping opportunities, a picnic area, groomed trails and places to observe wildlife. Most people visiting Imrie Park will not notice that it’s different than other provincial parks.
So, if Imrie Park looks like a provincial park, operates like a provincial park, and is even called a park, why isn’t it one? Continue reading
Canada Day long weekend means three days of fun, frivolity and celebration.
Thousands of Albertans will head outdoors this weekend to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Enforcement officers will be out there too: RCMP, fish and wildlife, conservation officers, park rangers and environmental protection officers.
Respecting the environment is an Albertan thing to do. It’s something the vast majority of Albertans take seriously while enjoying our public lands. But there are still serious abuses, and the Alberta Government is stepping up enforcement to protect our beautiful wild spaces. Continue reading
We all have to move to get to work and wherever we recreate. Why not move in ways that improve health, promote safety, save money and maintain air quality?
Starting June 7, Albertans are encouraged to move with the air in mind once a day for 30 days. It could be as simple as walking to the library and borrowing a book on air or reducing idling time by parking and going inside instead of using a drive-thru. When these daily activities become habits and lots of people do them, everyone benefits. You can move on your own or with your family, coworkers, friends or teammates on your way to work, play, home or on a road trip.
Move yourself using human-powered transportation.
Move smart using fuel efficient practices when driving.
Check back daily or follow us on Twitter. We will be adding challenges each day for the next 30 days!
July 6 – Challenge #30
Mend your fuelish ways!
Keep your speed as steady as possible and avoid unnecessary fuel consumption and safety risks.
For the past 45 years, Canadians have marked the week of June 5 as Environment Week and taken the opportunity to talk about being green – but why do we do it?
Our environment isn’t just the air we breathe and the water we drink, it’s the plankton that provide oxygen, it’s the bats that reduce pest species, and it’s the worms that make the soil more fertile. It’s a complex web of relationships between all the life with which we share the planet Continue reading
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!
The trees are turning green, the sun is shining and wildlife is migrating back to Alberta. The May long weekend is when many Albertans get out and enjoy the outdoors for the first time of the summer season. Here are a few friendly tips and reminders to help you make the most of this long weekend!
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.
This blog series is targeted towards first time hunters and focuses on safe and sustainable hunting in Alberta. Check out a list of all the topics in the series here. This is the fifth article in the series.
It’s extremely important to follow safe practices and procedures while hunting. While on a hunt, conditions can change rapidly and good safety practices can mean the difference between life and death. Make sure you’re prepared and have educated yourself before heading out.
There are a few things you need to know about how to dress and transport your kill so that you ensure the meat is usable.
Help tip the scales of knowledge! It’s never too early (or late) to assist young visitors in identifying their catch.
Looking for a unique volunteer opportunity this year? Bow Habitat Station is currently recruiting to their team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers!
As a volunteer, you play a key role in supporting programs and initiatives at Bow Habitat Station that reach over 100,000 visitors each year. Whether it’s getting your feet wet in search of invertebrates in the Interpretive Wetland, helping a new angler learn to cast at the Trout Pond, or leading fish trivia with visitors in the Discovery Centre – there’s a little something for everyone!
Best of all, no prior knowledge of fish or fishing is required – we’ll do the training to ensure you’re set up for success! Of course, it is an added bonus for us when we can learn from you too.
It’s with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of one of our Alberta Parks Ambassadors, Cecile B. Cecile will be deeply missed. She was a true ambassador for inclusion and spent endless hours volunteering with Push to Open Nature; Adaptive Nature Challenges in Kananaskis and Drayton Valley; the Alberta Parks Ambassador Program as well as other volunteer organizations.
Since 2008 she has been helping Alberta Parks understand inclusion as an exercise in creating welcoming communities in nature. She didn’t just participate passively; she lead the way by being present and engaged, taking a risk to try new things, and providing thoughtful and eloquent reflection on all the experiences she was part of. She brought light and laughter to everything she did. Her spunky personality and amazing sense of humor always brought smiles to everyone around her. No matter how tough things got, Cecile charged life with grace and was a reminder that life is a precious gift and we must seize the day. Cecile’s memory will live on and she will be there with us on the trails where we find solace, the trees where we find shelter, and the wildflowers that bring us serenity. The idea that “everyone belongs outside” was made more meaningful thanks to the perspective Cecile added.
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.
Flora finder: Cecile B
Cecile is a nature lover, who has been exploring the mountains with the introduction of adapted hiking equipment. One of her passions is to identify flora while hiking. She has made it her goal to see as many of the “hidden” Alberta parks as possible. Continue reading