Alberta's public lands contain some of the most diverse and interesting landscapes, viewscapes, plants, animals and culture in North America.
Regulations on public land vary throughout the province depending on the location and the activity. For recreation activities on public land, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) manages:
- Public Land Use Zones
- Agricultural Public Land
- Vacant Public Land (land with no formal dispositions)
In addition to the above, the following is managed by AEP, Parks Division:
- Provincial Parks
- Provincial Recreation Areas
- Wilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Natural Areas and Heritage Rangelands
Alberta’s Backcountry: Enjoy, Don’t Destroy
On your next outdoor adventure, help preserve the backcountry for all to enjoy.
- ATV riders: Keep wheels out of the water to help protect aquatic life.
- Campers: Keep a clean campsite, and pack out what you pack in.
Know before you go, be responsible and encourage others to do the same.
You are encouraged to enjoy your recreational activities on public land in a safe manner that respects the environment and other users. For more information you can visit:
The forests, meadows, rivers and wetlands of Alberta benefit us all. If you see someone causing damage to the environment, call 1 800 642-3800 to report: what occurred, date, time, location, vehicle and license plate number, description of the person or people causing the damage, your name and phone number.
Alberta’s Public Land is owned by all Albertans; the land is a shared resource and a shared responsibility.
Our goal is to help Albertans access public land safely and sustainably while respecting both the environment and other recreational users. We use a variety of tools to manage recreation on public land, including:
- public information and education
- legislation, regulation, and enforcement
- partnerships with public land users and other stakeholders