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A provincial park (or territorial park) is a park created under the authority of and is managed by a provincial or territorial government in Canada. Provincial parks are therefore similar to state parks in other countries.
Although provincial parks are not the same as national parks, their structures and purposes are very similar. The provincial and territorial parks systems generally have various park categories. Parks may be ecological reserves without facilities for use by the general public, day use parks or recreational parks that offer many services to visitors, often including bicycle, canoe, or kayak rentals, camping sites, hiking trails and beaches.
In the province of Quebec, the provincial parks are labelled "national parks" and are all IUCN category II protected areas (like at the federal level, and as opposed to many provincial parks), and are managed by Société des établissements de plein air du Québec. Many parks in the other provinces have the IUCN designation.
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- Alberta Parks
- British Columbia Parks
- Manitoba Parks
- New Brunswick Parks
- Newfoundland and Labrador Parks
- Northwest Territories Parks
- Nova Scotia Parks
- Nunavut Parks
- Ontario Parks
- Prince Edward Island Parks
- Quebec Parks
- Saskatchewan Parks
- Yukon Parks
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