List of protected areas of Alberta

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Alberta Parks
Location and extent of parks in Alberta
Type Number Area (km²)
Provincial Parks 69 2,124
Wildland Provincial Parks 33 21,926
Provincial Recreation Areas 248 805
Ecological Reserves 16 294
Wilderness Areas 3 1,010
Natural Areas 149 1,324
Heritage Rangelands 1 78
National Parks 5 63,045
Total 524 90,606

This is a list of protected areas of Alberta. Protected areas are managed by the Government of Canada or the Government of Alberta. The provincial government owns 60% of Alberta's landmass[1] but most of this has not been formally protected. The total protected area throughout Alberta including federal and provincial protected areas is approximately 90,000 km2 (35,000 sq mi).

International recognition[edit]

Five of Canada's thirteen World Heritage Sites are located in Alberta: Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks (partly in British Columbia), Dinosaur Provincial Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park (partly in the USA) and Wood Buffalo National Park (partly in the Northwest Territories).

Federally protected areas[edit]

Five National Parks of Canada (Banff, Elk Island, Jasper, Waterton Lakes and Wood Buffalo), managed by Parks Canada are located in the province. Several former national parks (such Buffalo National Park, Wawaskesy National Park, and Nemiskam National Park) formerly existed in Alberta, but were delisted in 1947.

Provincially protected areas[edit]

There are several different departments and agencies that deal with land use in Alberta, however Alberta's provincial parks are managed by the Government of Alberta's Tourism, Parks, and Recreation ministry whose mandate is to protect the province's natural landscapes in Alberta. The government has divided these natural areas into seven categories, provincial parks being one. These categories are:

As of 2005, the province of Alberta managed 69 provincial parks, 33 wildland provincial parks, 248 provincial recreation areas, 16 ecological reserves, 3 wilderness areas, 149 natural areas and a heritage rangeland. Although these areas are the responsibility of the Alberta government, private companies have been contracted to handle various aspects of the operation of many parks (e.g. maintenance and campground operation).

List of wilderness areas[edit]

Wilderness areas have the strictest level of protection, no development of any kind is permitted, and travel is only permitted by foot.[2]

List of provincial parks[edit]

Park Nearest Community Established Coordinates website (ID)
Aspen Beach Provincial Park Bentley 1932, November 21 52°27′28″N 113°58′39″W / 52.45778°N 113.97750°W / 52.45778; -113.97750 (Aspen Beach Provincial Park) 1
Beauvais Lake Provincial Park Pincher Creek 1954, February 1 49°24′39″N 114°06′33″W / 49.41083°N 114.10917°W / 49.41083; -114.10917 (Beauvais Lake Provincial Park) 6
Big Hill Springs Provincial Park Cochrane 1957, November 22 51°15′6″N 114°23′18″W / 51.25167°N 114.38833°W / 51.25167; -114.38833 (Big Hill Springs Provincial Park) 12
Big Knife Provincial Park Forestburg 1962, October 2 52°29′25″N 112°13′15″W / 52.49028°N 112.22083°W / 52.49028; -112.22083 (Big Knife Provincial Park) 11
Bow Valley Provincial Park Canmore 1959, July 27 51°04′5″N 115°02′47″W / 51.06806°N 115.04639°W / 51.06806; -115.04639 (Bow Valley Provincial Park) 293
Bragg Creek Provincial Park Bragg Creek 1960, January 19 50°56′30″N 114°35′14″W / 50.94167°N 114.58722°W / 50.94167; -114.58722 (Bragg Creek Provincial Park) 324
Brown-Lowery Provincial Park Turner Valley 1992, October 29 50°48′58″N 114°26′4″W / 50.81611°N 114.43444°W / 50.81611; -114.43444 (Brown-Lowery Provincial Park) 16
Calling Lake Provincial Park Athabasca 1971, July 20 55°10′51″N 113°14′40″W / 55.18083°N 113.24444°W / 55.18083; -113.24444 (Calling Lake Provincial Park) 248
Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park Canmore 1988 51°05′53″N 115°23′23″W / 51.09806°N 115.38972°W / 51.09806; -115.38972 (Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park) 294
Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park Whitecourt 1982, May 19 54°18′16″N 115°38′30″W / 54.30444°N 115.64167°W / 54.30444; -115.64167 (Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park) 247
Chain Lakes Provincial Park Nanton 1969, December 23 50°12′24″N 114°11′47″W / 50.20667°N 114.19639°W / 50.20667; -114.19639 (Chain Lakes Provincial Park) 19
Cold Lake Provincial Park Cold Lake 1976, August 18 54°27′38″N 110°07′12″W / 54.46056°N 110.12000°W / 54.46056; -110.12000 (Cold Lake Provincial Park) 22
Crimson Lake Provincial Park Rocky Mountain House 1955, November 22 52°27′0″N 115°2′0″W / 52.45000°N 115.03333°W / 52.45000; -115.03333 (Crimson Lake Provincial Park) 27
Cross Lake Provincial Park Athabasca 1955, November 22 54°38′17″N 113°48′52″W / 54.63806°N 113.81444°W / 54.63806; -113.81444 (Cross Lake Provincial Park) 28
Crow Lake Provincial Park Fort McMurray 55°47′47″N 112°10′54″W / 55.79639°N 112.18167°W / 55.79639; -112.18167 (Crow Lake Provincial Park) 574
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park Medicine Hat 49°34′31″N 110°00′23″W / 49.57528°N 110.00639°W / 49.57528; -110.00639 (Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park) 29
Dillberry Lake Provincial Park Provost 1957, January 8 52°35′47″N 110°04′51″W / 52.59639°N 110.08083°W / 52.59639; -110.08083 (Dillberry Lake Provincial Park) 38
Dinosaur Provincial Park Brooks 1955, June 27 50°45′44″N 111°31′5″W / 50.76222°N 111.51806°W / 50.76222; -111.51806 (Dinosaur Provincial Park) 246
Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Trochu 1970, December 15 51°56′10″N 112°57′41″W / 51.93611°N 112.96139°W / 51.93611; -112.96139 (Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park) 39
Dunvegan Provincial Park Fairview 1992, May 21 55°55′24″N 118°36′2″W / 55.92333°N 118.60056°W / 55.92333; -118.60056 (Dunvegan Provincial Park) 40
Eagle Point Provincial Park Drayton Valley 2007, August 29 53°14′40″N 114°52′28″W / 53.24444°N 114.87444°W / 53.24444; -114.87444 (Eagle Point Provincial Park) 589
Fish Creek Provincial Park Calgary 1975, June 10 50°54′11″N 114°00′55″W / 50.90306°N 114.01528°W / 50.90306; -114.01528 (Fish Creek Provincial Park) 45
Garner Lake Provincial Park Vilna 1953, July 14 54°10′59″N 111°44′22″W / 54.18306°N 111.73944°W / 54.18306; -111.73944 (Garner Lake Provincial Park) 49
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Calgary
Cochrane
2008, April 17 51°10′1″N 114°23′34″W / 51.16694°N 114.39278°W / 51.16694; -114.39278 (Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park) 593
Gooseberry Lake Provincial Park Consort 1932, November 21 52°07′4″N 110°45′6″W / 52.11778°N 110.75167°W / 52.11778; -110.75167 (Gooseberry Lake Provincial Park) 51
Greene Valley Provincial Park Peace River 2000, June 6 56°11′53″N 117°14′30″W / 56.19806°N 117.24167°W / 56.19806; -117.24167 (Greene Valley Provincial Park) 147
Gregoire Lake Provincial Park Fort McMurray 1969, October 21 56°28′23″N 111°11′55″W / 56.47306°N 111.19861°W / 56.47306; -111.19861 (Gregoire Lake Provincial Park) 52
Hilliard's Bay Provincial Park High Prairie 1978, October 24 55°29′57″N 116°01′10″W / 55.49917°N 116.01944°W / 55.49917; -116.01944 (Hilliard's Bay Provincial Park) 3
Jarvis Bay Provincial Park Sylvan Lake 1965, July 8 52°21′59″N 114°07′56″W / 52.36639°N 114.13222°W / 52.36639; -114.13222 (Jarvis Bay Provincial Park) 61
Kinbrook Island Provincial Park Brooks 1951, November 14 50°26′52″N 111°54′40″W / 50.44778°N 111.91111°W / 50.44778; -111.91111 (Kinbrook Island Provincial Park) 65
Lakeland Provincial Park Lac La Biche 1992, January 16 54°47′24″N 111°29′17″W / 54.79000°N 111.48806°W / 54.79000; -111.48806 (Lakeland Provincial Park) 280
Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park Slave Lake 55°25′3″N 114°48′39″W / 55.41750°N 114.81083°W / 55.41750; -114.81083 (Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park) 68
Little Bow Provincial Park Champion 1954, January 20 50°13′10″N 112°57′56″W / 50.21944°N 112.96556°W / 50.21944; -112.96556 (Little Bow Provincial Park) 69
Little Fish Lake Provincial Park Drumheller 1957, April 8 51°22′18″N 112°11′54″W / 51.37167°N 112.19833°W / 51.37167; -112.19833 (Little Fish Lake Provincial Park) 71
Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park Edmonton
St. Albert
2005, April 19 53°36′22″N 113°40′41″W / 53.60611°N 113.67806°W / 53.60611; -113.67806 (Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park) 437
Long Lake Provincial Park Boyle 1957, March 25 54°25′32″N 112°45′26″W / 54.42556°N 112.75722°W / 54.42556; -112.75722 (Long Lake Provincial Park) 72
Midland Provincial Park Drumheller 1979, June 5 51°28′41″N 112°47′13″W / 51.47806°N 112.78694°W / 51.47806; -112.78694 (Midland Provincial Park) 78
Miquelon Lake Provincial Park Hay Lakes 1958, May 20 53°14′51″N 112°53′15″W / 53.24750°N 112.88750°W / 53.24750; -112.88750 (Miquelon Lake Provincial Park) 81
Moonshine Lake Provincial Park Rycroft 1959, April 21 55°55′31″N 119°13′51″W / 55.92528°N 119.23083°W / 55.92528; -119.23083 (Moonshine Lake Provincial Park) 82
Moose Lake Provincial Park Bonnyville 1967, April 19 54°15′50″N 110°55′55″W / 54.26389°N 110.93194°W / 54.26389; -110.93194 (Moose Lake Provincial Park) 83
Notikewin Provincial Park Manning 1979, November 20 57°17′19″N 117°09′3″W / 57.28861°N 117.15083°W / 57.28861; -117.15083 (Notikewin Provincial Park) 87
Obed Lake Provincial Park Edson 53°33′19″N 117°07′44″W / 53.55528°N 117.12889°W / 53.55528; -117.12889 (Obed Lake Provincial Park) 203
O'Brien Provincial Park Grande Prairie 1954, June 29 55°03′49″N 118°49′28″W / 55.06361°N 118.82444°W / 55.06361; -118.82444 (O'Brien Provincial Park) 88
Park Lake Provincial Park Lethbridge 1932, November 21 49°48′14″N 112°55′30″W / 49.80389°N 112.92500°W / 49.80389; -112.92500 (Park Lake Provincial Park) 143
Pembina River Provincial Park Entwistle 1953, September 21 53°36′18″N 114°59′57″W / 53.60500°N 114.99917°W / 53.60500; -114.99917 (Pembina River Provincial Park) 92
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Kananaskis 1977, October 7 50°41′0″N 115°13′35″W / 50.68333°N 115.22639°W / 50.68333; -115.22639 (Peter Lougheed Provincial Park) 307
Pierre Grey's Lakes Provincial Park Grande Cache 53°54′23″N 118°35′18″W / 53.90639°N 118.58833°W / 53.90639; -118.58833 (Pierre Grey's Lakes Provincial Park) 209
Pigeon Lake Provincial Park Wetaskiwin 1967, May 26 53°01′35″N 114°08′4″W / 53.02639°N 114.13444°W / 53.02639; -114.13444 (Pigeon Lake Provincial Park) 98
Police Outpost Provincial Park Cardston 1970, April 21 49°00′22″N 113°27′32″W / 49.00611°N 113.45889°W / 49.00611; -113.45889 (Police Outpost Provincial Park) 108
Queen Elizabeth Provincial Park Grimshaw 1956, March 1 56°13′43″N 117°41′22″W / 56.22861°N 117.68944°W / 56.22861; -117.68944 (Queen Elizabeth Provincial Park) 110
Ram Falls Provincial Park Nordegg 52°05′21″N 115°50′11″W / 52.08917°N 115.83639°W / 52.08917; -115.83639 (Ram Falls Provincial Park) 213
Red Lodge Provincial Park Bowden 1951, May 7 51°56′38″N 114°16′11″W / 51.94389°N 114.26972°W / 51.94389; -114.26972 (Red Lodge Provincial Park) 114
Rochon Sands Provincial Park Stettler 1957, January 8 52°27′51″N 112°53′27″W / 52.46417°N 112.89083°W / 52.46417; -112.89083 (Rochon Sands Provincial Park) 116
Rock Lake Provincial Park Hinton 53°28′2″N 118°15′10″W / 53.46722°N 118.25278°W / 53.46722; -118.25278 (Rock Lake Provincial Park) 215
Saskatoon Island Provincial Park Wembley 1932, November 21 55°12′20″N 119°05′6″W / 55.20556°N 119.08500°W / 55.20556; -119.08500 (Saskatoon Island Provincial Park) 118
Sheep River Provincial Park Turner Valley 50°38′49″N 114°38′43″W / 50.64694°N 114.64528°W / 50.64694; -114.64528 (Sheep River Provincial Park) 330
Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park Lac La Biche 1952, September 29 54°49′45″N 111°57′45″W / 54.82917°N 111.96250°W / 54.82917; -111.96250 (Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park) 120
Spray Valley Provincial Park Kananaskis 2000, December 1 50°50′14″N 115°14′48″W / 50.83722°N 115.24667°W / 50.83722; -115.24667 (Spray Valley Provincial Park) 308
Strathcona Science Provincial Park Edmonton 1979, December 12 53°33′39″N 113°23′2″W / 53.56083°N 113.38389°W / 53.56083; -113.38389 (Strathcona Science Provincial Park) 123
Sundance Provincial Park Edson 1999, April 28 53°38′29″N 116°52′47″W / 53.64139°N 116.87972°W / 53.64139; -116.87972 (Sundance Provincial Park) 142
Sylvan Lake Provincial Park Sylvan Lake 1980, January 16 52°20′43″N 114°10′11″W / 52.34528°N 114.16972°W / 52.34528; -114.16972 (Sylvan Lake Provincial Park) 125
Thunder Lake Provincial Park Barrhead 1958, January 28 54°07′59″N 114°43′57″W / 54.13306°N 114.73250°W / 54.13306; -114.73250 (Thunder Lake Provincial Park) 137
Tillebrook Provincial Park Tilley 1965, July 20 50°32′16″N 111°48′30″W / 50.53778°N 111.80833°W / 50.53778; -111.80833 (Tillebrook Provincial Park) 138
Two Lakes Provincial Park Grande Prairie 54°22′22″N 119°45′31″W / 54.37278°N 119.75861°W / 54.37278; -119.75861 (Two Lakes Provincial Park) 222
Vermilion Provincial Park Vermilion 1953, May 29 53°21′53″N 110°52′55″W / 53.36472°N 110.88194°W / 53.36472; -110.88194 (Vermilion Provincial Park) 152
Wabamun Lake Provincial Park Wabamun 53°33′58″N 114°27′16″W / 53.56611°N 114.45444°W / 53.56611; -114.45444 (Wabamun Lake Provincial Park) 154
Whitney Lakes Provincial Park Elk Point 1982, June 23 53°49′48″N 110°29′48″W / 53.83000°N 110.49667°W / 53.83000; -110.49667 (Whitney Lakes Provincial Park) 158
William A. Switzer Provincial Park Hinton 1958, December 22 53°32′34″N 117°48′20″W / 53.54278°N 117.80556°W / 53.54278; -117.80556 (William A. Switzer Provincial Park) 159
Williamson Provincial Park Valleyview 1960, November 7 55°04′52″N 117°33′26″W / 55.08111°N 117.55722°W / 55.08111; -117.55722 (Williamson Provincial Park) 165
Willow Creek Provincial Park Stavely 1957, December 10 50°06′54″N 113°46′14″W / 50.11500°N 113.77056°W / 50.11500; -113.77056 (Willow Creek Provincial Park) 167
Winagami Lake Provincial Park Donnelly 1956, November 13 55°37′45″N 116°40′41″W / 55.62917°N 116.67806°W / 55.62917; -116.67806 (Winagami Lake Provincial Park) 169
Woolford Provincial Park Cardston 49°10′33″N 113°11′20″W / 49.17583°N 113.18889°W / 49.17583; -113.18889 (Woolford Provincial Park) 173
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park Coutts 1957, January 8 49°04′49″N 111°38′21″W / 49.08028°N 111.63917°W / 49.08028; -111.63917 (Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park) 177
Wyndham-Carseland Provincial Park Strathmore 1979, May 2 50°49′47″N 113°26′59″W / 50.82972°N 113.44972°W / 50.82972; -113.44972 (Wyndham-Carseland Provincial Park) 178
Young's Point Provincial Park Valleyview 1971, August 3 55°07′3″N 117°33′29″W / 55.11750°N 117.55806°W / 55.11750; -117.55806 (Young's Point Provincial Park) 180

Other parks[edit]

Other provincial lands[edit]

Approximately 60% of land in Alberta is public land owned by the Alberta government.[3] For administrative purposes, the province is divided into two broad land use areas: the Green Area (forested land, almost entirely provincially owned) and the White Area (other).[3] The Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve was created by the Forest Reserves Act of 1964.[4] There are also 32 provincial grazing reserves located throughout Alberta. They are administered by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.[1]

Municipal parks[edit]

Main article: Urban parks in Canada

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. "Provincial Grazing Reserves". Archived from the original on May 18, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  2. ^ About Alberta's Parks - AlbertaParks.ca
  3. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2][dead link]

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