There are three main pieces of legislation that provide legal direction and guidance for managing Alberta's park system:
The Provincial Parks Act has a number of regulations that provide guidance around specific activities and restrictions in provincial parks, wildland provincial parks and provincial recreation areas.The Provincial Parks Act has the following regulations:
For a summary of the main regulations governing visitor activities, see regulations affecting visitor use of Alberta's parks.
The eight classifications in the Alberta parks system are described below.
For more information: the current parks system.
The Land Reference Manual includes a complete listing of all lands currently under the administration of Parks Division of Alberta Environment & Parks.
In Alberta, parks are legally designated in two ways.