Public access for recreation on agricultural leased lands varies and specific rules such as contacting leaseholder prior to entering agricultural public land is required.
When requesting access to public land from agricultural leaseholders, the standard conditions all recreational users must follow to respect leaseholders’ stewardship efforts include:
- parking vehicles clear of driveways and access routes
- obtaining consent to light fires
- leaving gates the way they were found
- packing out all litter
- avoiding damage to land and property
- ask leaseholder permission before lighting a fire
To review the legislation, including the related Act and associated regulations, see: Public Lands Act.
Failing to follow regulations can be costly, with penalties for recreational users ranging up to $500.
Leaseholders must allow recreational access, but can restrict or deny this access if:
- you are not on foot
- livestock are present in the field
- a crop has not yet been harvested
- you wish to discharge a firearm or use explosives near livestock
- a fire ban is in effect
- you wish to camp
Access to Provincial Grazing Reserves
Recreationalists are welcome on grazing reserves, although there may be seasonal restrictions. For information about recreational use on provincial grazing reserves, contact the regional grazing reserve office or visit the provincial grazing reserves webpage.
To connect with one of our Agrologists for further information about recreational access on agricultural public land in Alberta see the contact list at: Land Management – Contacts.
For an interactive map of the province with contact and condition information please see: Recreational Access Internet Mapping Tool