Why Defend Alberta Parks

The Alberta government announced plans in 2020 to close 20 parks and remove 164 from the Alberta Parks system. A total of 175 parks would lose protection and Albertans could lose access.

With the help of volunteers and supporters from across Alberta, the plans were reversed and no parks were removed from the parks system in 2020.

The goal of Defend Alberta Parks is to ensure the province’s parks remain within the Alberta Parks system and remain protected – in 2021 and beyond.

Changes expected to parks legislation in 2021

In November 2020, the Alberta government released the Alberta Crown Land Vision.

This document is the a precursor to changes in two key areas of legislation: updating parks and public land legislation, and introducing new recreation legislation (Alberta Trails Act) focused on the creation of a recreation user-based fee framework.

“Government promised Albertans a common-sense conservation plan to protect the environment while recognizing that recreation, economic use and conservation can and should support each other. We will meet this commitment by updating legislation, working with partners, supporting sustainable use of trails and backcountry land, and considering socio-economic and environmental impacts when reviewing major proposals. We will also continue to work with community organizations to protect our air, land, water and wildlife.”

Alberta’s Crown Land Vision (November 2020)

Changes to legislation are complex, but it can be an opportunity to secure the protection of Alberta’s parks. 

Defend Alberta Parks will continue to defend the province’s parks – so they remain protected for decades to come.

Let’s strengthen our parks system

If legislative changes are not done carefully, they could weaken our parks system. Strong, dedicated parks legislation is essential to safeguard our protected areas for the long term.

This is an opportunity to strengthen the laws that protect our parks, bring them in line with international standards and have Alberta step forward as a leader in conservation.

Let the Government of Alberta know that we want stronger legislation for our parks.

Alberta’s parks and public lands are still at risk

They need your help now more than ever.

The laws that protect our parks and public lands are being changed. Now is the time to let our government know what we want for the future of our parks and protected areas.