Spray Valley Provincial Park

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Spray Valley Provincial Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Spray Valley Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Spray Valley Provincial Park
Spray Valley Provincial Park
Location of Spray Valley Park in Kananskis Country
Location Kananaskis,  Alberta  Canada
Nearest city Canmore, Calgary
Coordinates 50°53′38″N 115°17′06″W / 50.89389°N 115.28500°W / 50.89389; -115.28500Coordinates: 50°53′38″N 115°17′06″W / 50.89389°N 115.28500°W / 50.89389; -115.28500
Area 254 km2 (98 sq mi)
Established December 2000
Governing body Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation,
Kananaskis Country Campgrounds

Spray Valley Provincial Park is a provincial park located east of the Rocky Mountains, along the Spray River in western Alberta, Canada.

The park is part of the Kananaskis Country park system (along with Bluerock Wildland Provincial Park, Bow Valley Provincial Park, Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park, Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Plateau Mountain Ecological Reserve, Sheep River Provincial Park and numerous designated provincial recreational areas). Spray Valley borders the Banff National Park to the west.

Spray Valley Provincial Park falls under the jurisdiction of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation,[1] and on-site management is delegated to Kananaskis Country Campgrounds[2]

Activities[edit]

Spray Valley Provincial Park is easily accessible by road (the Bighorn Highway), and provides a setting for low impact activities such as hiking and cross-country skiing. Camping is permitted in summer (from May 17 to October 9) at the Lillian Lake, Ribbon Falls, Ribbon Lake, Eau Claire and Spray Lakes West campgrounds, and in winter at the Buller Mountain and Eau Claire campgrounds. Several day use areas are open for public in summer (with two areas, Sparrowhawk and Mount Shark, available year round).

Other recreational activities include canoeing, kayaking, fishing for trout and ice fishing.

Conservation[edit]

A management plan approved in March 2003 by the Kananaskis Country restricts further development in the park area, in order to preserve the ecological integrity. Restrictions were imposed on off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, horseback riding and biking, however a site in the Spray Valley is considered for the construction of a small lodge.[3][4]

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