Camping in Castle Provincial Park

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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.

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

 

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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.

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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

Meet Our Alberta Parks Ambassadors – Kimberly O

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.

Kimberly O
kkkkkkkKimberly is a life-long Albertan who is happily married and mother to a 3-year-old son and two Pomeranian chihuahuas. Childhood summers were spent fishing, exploring lakes and enjoying campsites in Northern Alberta with family – these experiences are something that Kimberly wants to pass on to her son. Continue reading

Meet Our Alberta Parks Ambassadors – Emily B

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.

Emily B

emily-bEmily has called the community of Lac La Biche home for five years and has grown to love what the community and surrounding area has to offer! Throughout the years of living in Lac La Biche, she has ventured and explored the two local Alberta Parks; Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park and Lakeland Provincial Park. Continue reading

Meet Our Alberta Parks Ambassadors – Chelsea S

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.

Chelsea S

chelsea-profile-photoChelsea is a firefighter, guide, photographer and writer who calls Kananaskis Country, Alberta home. Her love of canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUPing), hiking, fishing, camping and coffee made over a campfire fire are a huge part of what keeps her living life to the fullest and experiencing all it has to offer.

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Meet our Alberta Parks Ambassadors – Tyler 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.

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Tyler D

Originally from Saskatchewan, but has called Calgary, Alberta home for almost a decade, Tyler is a high school teacher with the Calgary Board of Education.

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Meet Our Alberta Parks Ambassadors – Brenda M

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.

Brenda M

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Brenda M is originally from Taiwan and has been living in Alberta for three years. Mountain biking, geocaching and hiking are her favourite activities.

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