The Alberta (Canada) government is set to invest over CA$211.3 million in a three-year plan to enhance and expand recreational facilities in provincial parks and Crown land.
This substantial funding comes after more than 10 million people visited Alberta’s provincial parks in 2022, showcasing the increasing demand for quality recreational spaces.
With a focus on supporting 60 campgrounds, day-use areas, and trail enhancement projects, the government has allocated CA$50.9 million for 2023 alone.
The ambitious plan includes the development and expansion of provincial campgrounds over the next decade, with a target of creating over 900 new campsites and several new locations for comfort camping.
In collaboration with Travel Alberta and aligned with their tourism development zones, the government will identify locations for new and expanded campgrounds.
This initiative aims to ensure equitable access to recreational facilities for rural communities and to accommodate visitor demand.
Potential sites for immediate expansion include the Blue Rapids Provincial Recreation Area, Castle Provincial Park, and Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park.
Moreover, CA$14 million of capital funding will be dedicated to enhancing trails and tourism on public land, primarily along the Eastern Slopes. This investment aims to ensure safe access to recreation, improve public safety, and enhance visitor experiences.
The Alberta government’s commitment to the environmentally responsible framework will guarantee that parks are sustained for people, the environment and support tourism and recreation outcomes.
All development in provincial parks and on Crown land will be subject to strict environmental and cultural reviews.
The extensive investment plan includes capital investments for existing infrastructure, new campgrounds, and Crown land trails. Among the many funded capital projects is the refurbishment of Spray Lakes West Campground, modernization of Aspen Beach Provincial Park, repair and upgrade of sanitary stations and wastewater systems in various parks, and trail refurbishment at Cardinal Headwaters in Coal Branch Public Land Use Zone, among others.
This significant investment in Alberta’s recreational facilities highlights the government’s commitment to fostering physical, mental, and social well-being while attracting visitors from around the world and contributing to the provincial economy.
By improving and expanding these recreational spaces, the government aims to provide Albertans and visitors with an unparalleled outdoor experience while preserving these areas for future generations to enjoy.