Ministry responsible: Environment and Parks
In order to help support the development of the Castle region as a more successful and sustainable tourism destination, the Government of Alberta undertook engagement with community members, Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders within the region as well as interested Albertans.
A vision was created for tourism development in the areas bordering the Castle Provincial Park, and the expanded Castle Wildland Provincial Park.
This strategy aims to strike a balance between:
- economic development
- respecting local culture
- environmental sustainability
The tourism strategy identifies Government of Alberta actions to help support the development of the Castle region as a successful sustainable tourism destination, becoming a more significant contributor to a diversified economy.
Castle region location
- The Castle region in southwestern Alberta borders the province of British Columbia to the west and 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 of Pincher Creek
The region is already home to many outdoor recreation activities, such as:
- mountain biking
- snowmobiling, and
Communities in the region host several major 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.
The tourism strategy for the Castle region identifies actions the Government of Alberta will undertake, in collaboration with local stakeholders and Indigenous peoples, 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.
The strategy is neither a business development plan nor a land-use plan. It does not address the use of park lands, either.
The Castle Parks are governed by the parks’ management plan and the Livingstone and Porcupine Hills Public Land Use Zones, situated just north of the parks, are managed by the their respective recreation management plans and land footprint management plans.
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.
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