The Province of Alberta is investing $3 million in the Castle parks. Improvements will include new and improved family-friendly camping opportunities, trails, highly accessible front-country experiences and better access to the vast wilderness.
Encompassing more than 105,000 hectares, Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park in southwest Alberta contain landscapes of stunning mountains, rolling hills, montane forests and meadows.
Visitors won’t have to wait long to see changes to the parks. A variety of small-scale infrastructure developments will be implemented to support the visitor experience, including improved camping amenities, trailhead parking, equestrian facilities and backcountry campsites.
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2018 improvements in the Castle Parks
- Twelve new campsites in Lynx Creek, each with a new fire pit, picnic table, washroom facility and garbage receptacle.
- Nine improved rustic camping areas with space for over 150 camping units, each with a fire pit.
Two new warm-up huts with seating for 12, each including a wood stove, open at the Syncline South Staging area and Beaver Mines Lake Boat Launch.
- Five new comfort cabins installed at Beaver Mines Lake; each includes sleeping space for four.
Trail improvements including water crossings, debris-clearing and hazard tree removal at Table Mountain, Grizzly Lake and Barnaby.
- Improvements to backcountry campsites at Grizzly Lake, Southforks/Barnaby Lake and Bovin Lake.
- Installation of new wayfinding signage, including 14 kiosks throughout the park to post trail and park details, and emergency contact information.