Alberta Parks Home

Current Parks System

Park ClassKey ObjectivesVisitor Experience#Area (ha)
Willmore Wilderness Park

To preserve and protect natural heritage and provide opportunities for compatible backcountry recreation

Legislation: Willmore Wilderness Park Act
Remote, wilderness
Foot and horse access only
1459,671.04
Provincial Parks

To preserve natural heritage of provincial significance or higher, while supporting outdoor recreation, heritage tourism and natural heritage appreciation activities that depend upon and are compatible with environmental protection

Legislation: Provincial Parks Act
Natural environment with diversity of compatible, facilitated recreation76221,363.92
Wildland Provincial Parks

To preserve and protect natural heritage and provide opportunities for compatible backcountry recreation

Legislation: Provincial Parks Act
Remote, wilderness
Hunting, motorized access may be permitted
321,731,439.59
Provincial Recreation Areas

To support compatible outdoor recreation and tourism, often providing access to lakes, rivers, reservoirs and adjacent crown land

Legislation: Provincial Parks Act
Diversity of front country recreation20887,891.58
Wilderness Areas

To preserve and protect natural heritage, where visitors can experience solitude and non-consumptive, nature-based wilderness opportunities

Legislation: Wilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Natural Areas and Heritage Rangelands Act
Remote wilderness, foot access only3100,988.79
Ecological Reserves

To preserve and protect natural heritage in an undisturbed state for scientific research or education

Legislation: Wilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Natural Areas and Heritage Rangelands Act
Foot access only1526,843.34
Natural Areas

To preserve and protect sites of local significance and provide opportunities for low-impact nature-based recreation and nature appreciation activities

Legislation: Wilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Natural Areas and Heritage Rangelands Act
Self facilitated139129,943.98
Heritage Rangelands

To preserve and protect natural heritage that is representative of Alberta's grasslands. Grazing is used to maintain the grassland ecology

Legislation: Wilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Natural Areas and Heritage Rangelands Act
Rustic grassland, ranching
Foot access only
212,010.47
Total  4762,770,152.71

Natural Regions & Subregions

The more than 470 sites managed by Parks Division fall in 6 Natural Regions and 21 Subregions. In Alberta, we have adopted the Natural Regions landscape classification to describe environmental diversity. This land classification system provides the basis of the scientific framework for the parks system.

Alberta's existing protected areas, including national parks, have been evaluated to determine the progress toward achieving Natural Landscape Type targets. Each of the 16 Natural Landscape Types are broad, easily recognizable landscapes. 

Each Natural Region section below describes progress towards completing the system for each Subregion.  A list of parks in each Subregion is included along with a description of the Natural Region. 

Please note that the Natural Region sections linked below are in the process of being updated.  For more information, please contact Heather Lazaruk at 780-427-2330 or heather.lazaruk@gov.ab.ca

Additional Information

 

Management & Land-use