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Status: Bill 64 was introduced on April 12, 2021
Ministry responsible: Environment and Parks

Overview

Bill 64, the Public Lands Amendment Act, has been introduced to allow government to charge fees for recreation activities on public (Crown) lands. These fees would be reinvested directly to improve visitor experiences and help conserve and protect wilderness areas so they can be enjoyed now and into the future.

If Bill 64 is passed, a Public Lands Camping Pass will be required to random camp on public land along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains starting June 1, 2021. With outdoor recreation more popular than ever, many Albertans have told us (PDF, 448 KB) they are willing to make this investment.

How the pass would work

The following information outlines how the proposed Public Lands Camping Pass would work if it comes into effect June 1. Details may change as the bill goes through the legislative process. Sign up for updates.

Where it’s required

The pass would be required to random camp on public lands in the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains from Grande Prairie to Waterton Lakes National Park. Download the map (PDF, 2.7 MB).

Proposed cost

Campers 18 years and older would be required to purchase a pass:

  • $20 per person for a 3-day pass
  • $30 per person for an annual pass
  • $3.25 plus GST system processing fee per transaction

Where to buy

The passes would be available for purchase:

How it’s enforced

Campers would be asked to show proof of payment (printed pass or mobile app) to enforcement officers if asked. Initially, as the new pass rolls out, campers may be provided information and given an opportunity to comply. However, over time, non-compliance could result in a fine.

Pass exemptions

The Public Lands Camping Pass would not be required if:

  • camping on public land outside of the camping pass area or in a campground
  • using public land for the day for other recreational activities
  • accessing public land for authorized work or volunteer duties

The following groups would be exempt:

  • First Nations people with Status card
  • north of the Red Deer River, it would not apply to:
    • Metis Settlement members
    • recognized Métis harvesters
    • Aseniwuche Winewak Nation members

The pass would not apply to private, municipal or federally-owned lands.

All acts and regulations will continue to apply, including the Recreation Access Regulation that applies to agricultural dispositions.

How fees would be used

To protect and sustain public land in the eastern slopes, fees collected would be reinvested in the region to:

  • upgrade infrastructure
  • improve education
  • support conservation
  • monitor and enforce rules
  • promote public safety
  • improve environmental and waste management

Next steps

If Bill 64 is passed, the Public Land Camping Pass would come into effect on June 1, 2021. Final details will be provided in the coming weeks.

News

Improving sustainable recreation, protecting Crown land (April 12, 2021)

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