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

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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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May the long weekend be with you

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!

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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 – 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 – Kelsy N

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.

Kelsy N

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Kelsy Nielson loves exploring Alberta with her two young daughters and her husband Tim. Together they write a blog, Twirls and Travels, all about their weekend summer adventures.  Continue reading

Meet Your AB Parks Ambassadors – Buzz 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 on this summer.

Badlands dad: Buzz B

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Buzz is a father of two, broadcaster, and writer at blog.buzzbishop.com, DadCAMP.ca, and localpony.com. He loves exploring Alberta Parks with his two boys. The badlands is their favourite part of the province with its stunning hoodoos, meandering coulees and fossils everywhere.  Continue reading

Meet your Alberta Parks Ambassadors – The Canadian Camping Couple

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 tell you what they’ve been on this summer.

Canadian Camping Couple: Anne and Dave

image7Anne and Dave, also known as the Canadian Camping Couple, enjoy a very active lifestyle, exploring the rivers, lakes and trails in Alberta Parks with their Labrador Retriever Cody. They are out and about almost every weekend, towing a very cool 1969 vintage Airstream trailer.

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Explore Alberta this May long weekend

The May long weekend signals the official start to spring in our province – but it also kicks off the Alberta Parks’ provincial camping season and offers other fun opportunities.

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Camping – A universal language of fun

Story by Brittany Nouwen – Alberta Parks Seasonal Interpreter

IMG_1864Alberta Parks staff, Catholic Social Services and four volunteers from the University of Alberta Outdoors Club teamed up to host 55 Syrian Refugees at the Long Lake Centre near Athabasca this past weekend.  Continue reading