Outdoor Recreation

Government Plans to Remove 164 Sites from Parks System

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Tolman Bridge Campground

Tolman Bridge Campground (pictured), one of the 20 sites that the Government is proposing to fully or partially close. Photo © Alberta Wilderness Association

The provincial government has announced a plan to remove 164 of 473 sites from the Alberta Parks system, including 19 Provincial Parks and Natural Areas, in addition to a full or partial closure of 20 sites. AWA has serious concern with the removal of sites from the parks system due to the important recreational and ecological values these areas provide; this decision will almost certainly mean their protected area status will be threatened. Read more about Government Plans to Remove 164 Sites from Parks System

Albertans Ignored to Allow Motorized Recreation and Industry in Castle Parks

Calgary, AB – To appease a noisy minority, the Government of Alberta appears to be opening the door for motorized recreation and industry in the Castle Parks, despite the direction of public consultation on creation and management of the parks.

In 2017, the Castle Parks in southwestern Alberta were officially designated. Based on the longest and most extensive public consultation in Alberta Parks’ history, a management plan was developed that reflects the wishes and directions expressed by the people of Alberta. Read more about Albertans Ignored to Allow Motorized Recreation and Industry in Castle Parks

Lakeland Boreal Forest Weekend

Sep 21 2019 (All day) to Sep 22 2019 (All day)

The beautiful Lakeland region features a rich diversity of boreal mixedwood forests, lakes and wetlands, providing excellent habitat for many wildlife species. Join AWA for two day hikes over an autumn weekend and learn more about what makes the Lakeland wilderness an important and unique part of Alberta.

Cost: Free AWA Members / $25.00 Non-members

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Locations

Lakeland Provincial Park , AB
Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park , AB

Birds, Rocks, Hills and Fields

Aug 24 2019 - 9:30am

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Frank Lake

Photo credit: R. Miyagawa

Join AWA on a driving tour as we meander our way through various locations that exhibit Alberta’s phenomenal wilderness and wildlife, the unique geology of the Porcupine Hills, and a site visit to an abandoned well under the responsibility of the Orphan Well Association. Come out for a great day of exploring, and learn more about your backyard!

Registration: $25

Registration cost for all events during the month of August will include a lifetime membership with AWA. Read more about Birds, Rocks, Hills and Fields

Location

First Stop: Frank Lake , AB

Walking Tour: Antelope Creek Ranch And Majorville Medicine Wheel Project

Aug 22 2019 - 10:00am

Alberta’s grasslands are important as critical habitat for wildlife, including species at risk, all while supporting industrial, agricultural and recreational activities. Join AWA for a walking tour of Antelope Creek Ranch, an important and successful ranch that balances a number of land-uses, while ensuring the ecological integrity of the local ecosystems is maintained. From Antelope Creek we will travel to the Majorville Medicine Wheel Project and learn about management priorities of this area, some of the history of the homesteaders, the Ducks Unlimited Project and see the significant Alberta historical resource – the Majorville Cairn and Medicine Wheel.

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Location

Antelope Creek Ranch
AB

Fortress Ski Hill Should Not Truck Mountain Water to Calgary

Fortress Mountain ski hill is proposing to remove 50 million liters per year of water flowing into Kananaskis’ Galatea Creek and truck it to a Calgary water bottling facility. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) strongly opposes this water use and calls on Fortress ski hill to withdraw its proposal. Read more about Fortress Ski Hill Should Not Truck Mountain Water to Calgary

Whaleback Fall Hike

Sep 21 2019 - 9:00am

Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall with an exploration of the Whaleback. The rocky ridges and rolling forested hills of the Whaleback are picturesque, and represent a vital landscape within southern Alberta that is sure not to disappoint. Join Nick Pink and Conservation Specialist Nissa Petterson as they explore this beautiful Montane wilderness during its full fall brilliance!

Cost: $25 AWA Members/ $50 Non-members
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging hilly terrain; good hiking shoes required and long pants recommended. Read more about Whaleback Fall Hike

Location

Whaleback , AB

Porcupine Hills Summer Hike

Aug 9 2019 - 10:00am

The Porcupine Hills are a spectacular piece of Alberta’s wilderness; from rolling forested hills, countless limber pines, and meadows of beautiful wildflowers, this landscape has it all! What better way to spend a summer’s day than exploring this area with Conservation Specialist Joanna Skrajny.

$25.00 for AWA Members / $50.00 for Non-members

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    Location

    Porcupine Hills , AB

    Let's Talk Waterton

    Initiative: 
    Waterton Lakes National Park Management Plan
    Deadline: 
    3 Jul 2019

    From the Let's Talk Mountain Parks website

    Are you inspired by the beauty and history of Waterton Lakes National Park? Help shape the future of this special place.

    New management plans are due in 2020 for all mountain national parks, including Waterton Lakes National Park. Read more about Let's Talk Waterton

    Motorcycle Club Fined for Killing Threatened Fish

    Brooks Motorcycle Club and its Vice President have been fined a total of $70,000 under the Species at Risk Act and the Fisheries Act for organizing a motocross race that crossed through North and South Racehorse Creeks several times, seriously harming and causing the death of young bull trout and threatened westslope cutthroat trout. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) applauds the decision for defending Alberta’s imperiled native trout and upholding the intent of the Species at Risk Act, as well as recognizing the damage that motorized use can have on fish habitat. Read more about Motorcycle Club Fined for Killing Threatened Fish

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