Castle region location

  • The Castle region in southwestern Alberta borders the province of British Columbia to the west and the Waterton Lakes National Park to the south
  • The new Castle parks reside within the Castle region
  • Communities adjacent to the new Castle parks include the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass and the Municipal District (MD) of Pincher Creek

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Three goals

The Government of Alberta, in consultation with local residents, Indigenous peoples and interested Albertans, is creating a vision for tourism development in the areas bordering the recently created Castle Provincial Park, and the expanded Castle Wildland Provincial Park.

Scheduled for completion in 2018, this strategy will strike a right balance between:

  • economic development
  • access, and
  • conservation

Current activities

The region is already home to many outdoor recreation activities, such as:

  • hiking
  • fishing
  • camping
  • mountain biking
  • snowmobiling, and
  • skiing

Communities in the region host several events throughout the year, including rodeos, music festivals and extreme sports.

The region is also home to many significant historical and cultural sites and museums, as well as an emerging arts scene.

Continued development

The tourism strategy for Castle region will be a Government of Alberta policy document that identifies actions the government can take to help support the continued development of the Castle region as a successful and sustainable tourism destination, becoming a significant contributor to a more diversified economy.

Strategy intent

The strategy being drafted is neither a business development plan nor a land-use plan. It does not address the use of park lands, either.

The recently established Castle Parks will be governed by the parks’ management plan.

Alberta Environment and Parks completed its public consultation on the new Castle Parks Management Plan in 2017.

Government staff has just completed consulting on the land-footprint and recreation management plans for the Livingstone and Porcupine Hills Public Land Use Zones (PLUZs), situated just north of the parks.

Business opportunities

Support is available through the Tourism Entrepreneurship Programs, which provide tools and services to help you start a new tourism business or help existing tourism entrepreneurs grow their operations.

Contact

To contact the Castle Tourism program:

Email: castle.tourism@gov.ab.ca

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