Visit the Open Government portal to view or download a copy of Castle region tourism: strategy for Government of Alberta support of tourism development.

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 (MD) of Pincher Creek

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Three goals

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

Completed in 2019, this strategy aims to strike a balance between:

  • economic development
  • respecting local culture, and
  • environmental sustainability

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 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.

Continued development

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.

Strategy intent

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 (PLUZs), situated just north of the parks, are managed by the their respective recreation management plans and land footprint management plans.

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 connect regarding Castle Tourism:

Email: castle.tourism@gov.ab.ca

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