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.
Ministerial orders establish fees for services and provide for temporary park closures, travel restrictions, liquor bans and other such restrictions.
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 Tourism, Parks & Recreation.
In Alberta, parks are legally designated in two ways.