Al­berta Parks ex­tend­ing camp­ing sea­son

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

Fol­low­ing an­other record-break­ing camp­ing sea­son, more than 250 pro­vin­cial camp­grounds will re­main open over the next month.

To meet in­creased de­mand for late-sea­son camp­ing, the prov­ince is adding three new late-sea­son op­tions. Crim­son Lake Camp­ground and Moon­shine Lake Camp­ground will now be open un­til Oct. 31. Brand new year-round com­fort cab­ins have also been added at Sir Winston Churchill Pro­vin­cial Park, a prime des­ti­na­tion for ice fish­ing on Lac La Biche.

Th­ese op­tions build on a 2016 pi­lot which saw ex­tended sea­sons in Cy­press Hills In­ter­provin­cial Park south­east of Medicine Hat, Saska­toon Is­land Pro­vin­cial Park west of Grande Prairie and Cold Lake Pro­vin­cial Park.

“We’ve had an­other great sum­mer, but Al­ber­tans are still ea­ger to get out and ex­plore our wild spa­ces. That’s why we’re mak­ing life bet­ter by ex­tend­ing the camp­ing sea­son and up­grad­ing pro­vin­cial parks that pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments ne­glected.”

Shan­non Phillips, Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Parks

For the eighth con­sec­u­tive year, on­line camp­ground reser­va­tions sur­passed pre­vi­ous to­tals. The prov­ince had 158,890 book­ings as of Aug. 30, an in­crease of more than five per cent from the pre­vi­ous year.

Al­berta’s 274 pro­vin­cial camp­grounds close at dif­fer­ent dates, with the bulk in early to mid-Oc­to­ber. Of the 259 camp­grounds open into Oc­to­ber, 82 will re­main open un­til at least Oct. 31, with 37 pro­vin­cial camp­grounds avail­able year-round.

Sev­eral camp­grounds will be clos­ing in com­ing weeks to make way for up­grades, part of a five-year, $239-mil­lion plan to re­vi­tal­ize and ex­pand the sys­tem.

Jarvis Bay Pro­vin­cial Park will close to­day to be­gin the first phase of a five-year, $4.5-mil­lion ex­pan­sion. In com­ing months, crews will re­vamp camp­sites, im­prove RV ac­cess and over­haul wa­ter, sewage and elec­tri­cal in­fra­struc­ture.

The ma­jor up­grades are the first in over four decades at the Syl­van Lakearea park, which will even­tu­ally add 130 new camp­sites.

“For many years, pro­vin­cial parks didn’t keep up with the needs of RV users. Th­ese im­prove­ments will keep Al­ber­tans camp­ing in Al­berta, sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses while mak­ing it pos­si­ble for more fam­i­lies to take ad­van­tage of our amaz­ing nat­u­ral re­sources.”

Keith Hanks, pres­i­dent, Af­ford­able RV Cal­gary, for­mer pres­i­dent, Recre­ational Ve­hi­cle Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Al­berta

Se­lect re­de­vel­op­ments be­tween fall 2017 and spring 2018:


• Gre­goire Lake Pro­vin­cial Park – con­tin­ued re­con­struc­tion will in­clude up­grades to camp­sites, dayuse area and new shower fa­cil­i­ties. Elec­tri­cal up­grades will im­prove RV ac­cess.

• Beaver Lake Pub­lic Recre­ation Area – re­vi­tal­iza­tion

• Ross Lake Camp­ground, Whitney Lakes Pro­vin­cial Parks – elec­tri­fi­ca­tion


• Young’s Point Pro­vin­cial Park and Wil­liamson Pro­vin­cial Parks – boat launch main­te­nance


• Jarvis Bay Pro­vin­cial Park – camp­ground re­de­vel­op­ment

• Fish Lake Pro­vin­cial Recre­ation Area – multi-year camp­ground re­de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing ex­pan­sions to ac­com­mo­date RVs


• Ex­pan­sions of Boul­ton Creek Camp­ground, Bow River Camp­ground (in­clud­ing 30 new ser­viced RV sites)

• Tomb­stone Back­coun­try Camp­ground re­fur­bish­ment


• Writ­ing on Stone Pro­vin­cial Park – trail im­prove­ments, shower build­ing ren­o­va­tions, wa­ter treat­ment up­grades

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