This release was issued under a previous government.
Running on the honour system, the Lifejacket Loaner Station Program offers free, day-use lifejackets to parks visitors. The program is supported by the Alberta government and the Lifesaving Society.
There are 18 kiosks in 17 locations across the province, including a new one at Sylvan Lake Provincial Park and a second kiosk at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
“Sometimes people arrive and realize they’re one lifejacket short or one’s too small or they’re not in the proper condition. The lifejacket loaner stations provide the opportunity to grab a lifejacket from the kiosk and return it when they’re done. No one should be in a boat without a lifejacket.”
June 7-14 marks National Water Safety Week, and Alberta Parks is partnering with the Lifesaving Society to promote water safety through information and awareness.
According to the Canadian Red Cross, about 400 Canadians drown each year – 70 per cent of whom “knew how to swim.”
Lifejacket loaner stations serve as a visual reminder and increase awareness about the importance of wearing lifejackets when enjoying the water.
18 kiosks in 17 locations
- Aspen Beach Provincial Park
- Beauvais Lake Provincial Park
- Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park
- Crimson Lake Provincial Park
- Cypress Hills Provincial Park
- Dillberry Lake Provincial Park
- Fish Creek Provincial Park
- Ghost Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area
- Glenmore Reservoir Heritage Dock
- Gregoire Lake Provincial Park
- Kinbrook Island Provincial Park
- Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area
- Moonshine Lake Provincial Park
- Pigeon Lake Provincial Park
- Sylvan Lake Provincial Park
- Wabamun Lake Provincial Park
- Young’s Point Provincial Park