Regional Plans and Recreation

Participating in outdoor recreation is a shared value throughout the province and the demand on public land for recreation varies from region to region. The Land-use Framework Regional Plans support long-term management of our province’s land and natural resources (including recreation) with the intent of balancing economic, environmental and social goals.

General Info 2 Know

Details of each regional plan (draft or final), public consultation opportunities, updates, and maps:

Lower Athabasca Region (LAR)

  • Regional plan approved and effective as of Sept. 1, 2012
  • Implementation of strategies under the regional plan is underway and some management frameworks are approved
  • Highlights for outdoor enthusiasts:
    • Establishing six new conservation areas, adding 1.5 million hectares bringing the total conserved land in the region to 2 million hectares, or 22 percent of the region;
    • Making the Dillon River Conservation Area into a Wildland Provincial Park and increasing the size by 27,245 hectares to 191,544 hectares;
    • Providing year-round nature-based tourism and outdoor recreational opportunities through the creation of nine new provincial recreation areas, which will have access to campsites, trails and boat docks;
    • Committing to a regional trail system plan and five Public Land Areas for Recreation and Tourism
  • Find the conservation areas, Provincial Recreation Areas and Public Land Areas for Recreation and Tourism in the region:

South Saskatchewan Region (SSR)

  • Regional plan approved and effective Sept. 1, 2014
  • Implementation of strategies under the regional plan is underway and some management frameworks are approved.
  • Highlights for outdoor enthusiasts:
    • Creates eight new and expanded conservation areas adding 136,225 ha of legislatively protected lands including the 54,588 ha Castle Wildland Provincial Park.
    • Recognizes the importance of outdoor recreation and providing a wide range of outdoor recreation experiences and nature-based tourism opportunities.
    • Commits to recreation management planning with stakeholders for key areas beginning in Fall of 2014.
    • While recreation management planning is underway, the current plans, mapping, signage, and other tools will continue to be used to manage recreation and provide clarity about access to public land.
    • The regional plan includes:
  • Find the conservation areas, and the new and expanded recreation and parks areas in the region:

 

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Updated: Feb 9, 2017