Alberta Parks’ online camping reservations open this month – St. Albert Gazette
Online reservations open for individual campsites will begin March 17, with staggered times to include 9 a.m. for the south region, 11 am. for Kananaskis Country, 1 p.m. for the central region and 3 p.m. for the north region.
On the advice of the County’s Heritage Advisory Committee, the municipality will attempt to stop demolition of two cultural heritage homes at Sandbanks Provincial Park.
The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage will not follow through on its plan to privatize the operation of Murray Beach Provincial Park this spring. Last spring, the province said it would call for tenders in the fall of 2019, looking for a person or group to run the park, about a 75-kilometre drive east of Moncton on the Northumberland Strait. The park would continue to have provincial park status.
New legislation in Manitoba will make it more convenient for outdoor enthusiasts to get provincial park passes, as well as hunting and fishing licenses. On Monday, the province announced a new initiative that would allow people to purchase outdoor licenses and Provincial Park passes online, as opposed to purchasing paper licenses.
The B.C. government announced earlier this week that camping spots at Golden Ears Provincial Park in Maple Ridge will only be available through online reservations during peak season. Drive-up customers will no longer be able to get spots on a first-come-first-serve basis from May to September.
Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government is eyeing improvements to provincial parks through possible investments from the private sector and third-party management of some campgrounds. The initiative was outlined by the Premier in a recent mandate letter to Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard.
Alberta to close parks, privatize services in budget cuts – Globe & Mail
Alberta will shutter or partly close 20 provincial parks, and allow private businesses to operate others in an effort to save money. There are 473 sites in Alberta Parks’s network and the government is looking for third-party partnerships at 164 of them.
Nothing says “spring is here” like the year’s first sighting of a bear in Banff National Park. With winter hibernation coming to an end, Banff and Lake Louise Tourism says the first grizzly of 2020 has been spotted. And apparently it’s the earliest one of the animals that has emerged from its den in the last decade.