In October 2009, Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation proposed
deregulating and transferring Horseshoe Canyon Provincial
Recreation Area to Kneehill County for its continued operation as a
public recreation site. A portion of the provincial recreation area
would be transferred to Alberta Transportation due the realignment
of Highway 9. Feedback was gathered during a 60 day online public
comment period that ended December 12, 2009. The province took all
comments into consideration before making a decision. Thank you to
everyone who provided feedback.
What We Heard
- The majority of responses supported the proposed transfer of
- Concern that the transfer may result in the degradation of the
ecological values of the site.
- Concern that the County may not have the funds to maintain the
site in the long term and that the land could be sold at a future
- Concern that inappropriate uses of the site such as helicopter
tours should be removed.
- As a former Alberta Transportation highway wayside, the
function of a site like Horseshoe Canyon has been replaced by
modern washroom facilities and amenities stations along provincial
highways. The site is small, 4.69 hectares, and has limited natural
resources. Horseshoe Canyon Provincial Recreation Area has been
jointly operated by Kneehill County and the Town of Drumheller
since 1999. The transfer will provide them with greater flexibility
to offer local and regional recreation and tourism
- A caveat will be placed on the title to ensure that if Kneehill
County is no longer running the site for public recreation, the
title will be transferred back to the province. The municipality
does not have the authority to sell or transfer the site to a third
party for any purposes.
- Any helicopter tours associated with the badlands of the
Horseshoe Canyon landform are not connected to the small Horseshoe
Canyon Provincial Recreation Area.
- Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation has deregulated Horseshoe
Canyon Provincial Recreation Area through an Order-in-Council.
- The portion of the site needed for the realignment of Highway 9
has been transferred to Alberta Transportation.
- The remainder of the site has been transferred to Kneehill
Horseshoe Canyon PRA is located in south central Alberta within
the municipality of Kneehill County. Horseshoe Canyon PRA is a
former Alberta Transportation wayside, which currently operates as
a day use site providing a local tourism gateway to the badlands
and access to the viewpoint on adjacent private land.
As part of the Plan for Parks, TPR has committed
to clarifying the park system and providing quality park
experiences for all Albertans. The transfer of sites such as
Horseshoe Canyon PRA to the municipality provides them with greater
flexibility to offer local and regional recreation and tourism
opportunities, while allowing TPR to focus resources at sites that
can provide greater recreation and/or conservation opportunities at
a provincial scale.
*Disclaimer: We thank
you for providing your input. Those who submit feedback will not be
contacted individually regarding their submission