Wilderness & Parks

Public Lands Should Not be Sold to Mackenzie County

A recent proposal to sell 140,000 hectares of Alberta public lands to Mackenzie County would convert vital boreal native habitat into agricultural lands and grazing reserves.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) does not support the sale and conversion of public lands, an important finite public resource. AWA believes any proposal to sell and convert public lands must have a thorough consultation process that engages local indigenous communities and the general public. Read more about Public Lands Should Not be Sold to Mackenzie County

Albertans Ignored to Allow Motorized Recreation and Industry in Castle Parks

Calgary, AB – To appease a noisy minority, the Government of Alberta appears to be opening the door for motorized recreation and industry in the Castle Parks, despite the direction of public consultation on creation and management of the parks.

In 2017, the Castle Parks in southwestern Alberta were officially designated. Based on the longest and most extensive public consultation in Alberta Parks’ history, a management plan was developed that reflects the wishes and directions expressed by the people of Alberta. Read more about Albertans Ignored to Allow Motorized Recreation and Industry in Castle Parks

2019 Martha Kostuch Wilderness and Wildlife Trust Fund Lecture

Nov 22 2019 - 6:00pm

This year’s lecture will be presented by Dr. Mark Boyce, professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta. Mark will offer AWA a thought provoking and inspiring lecture: United Community for wilderness Protection. Read more about 2019 Martha Kostuch Wilderness and Wildlife Trust Fund Lecture

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Grasslands: A Hidden Wilderness

Nov 5 2019 - 7:00pm

Join AWA and Nature Canada for a screening of Grasslands: A Hidden Wilderness by the Nature of Things with David Suzuki. The film screening will be followed by a discussion guided by political scientist Dr. Ian Urquhart exploring what conservation will look like amidst a new national political landscape.

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Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

AWA After Hours: Watersheds, Wine & Cheese

Oct 25 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

From the Alberta Wilderness Association:

Our fall After Hours series, Watersheds, Wine & Cheese will sell out quickly! This evening event combines wine tasting and watersheds – journeying from the major watersheds of Alberta to the wine-producing valleys of New Zealand. You will learn about water and wine and have a great evening with us contemplating fine tastes and the care our watersheds need. Read more about AWA After Hours: Watersheds, Wine & Cheese

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Lakeland Boreal Forest Weekend

Sep 21 2019 (All day) to Sep 22 2019 (All day)

The beautiful Lakeland region features a rich diversity of boreal mixedwood forests, lakes and wetlands, providing excellent habitat for many wildlife species. Join AWA for two day hikes over an autumn weekend and learn more about what makes the Lakeland wilderness an important and unique part of Alberta.

Cost: Free AWA Members / $25.00 Non-members

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Locations

Lakeland Provincial Park , AB
Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park , AB

Birds, Rocks, Hills and Fields

Aug 24 2019 - 9:30am

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Frank Lake

Photo credit: R. Miyagawa

Join AWA on a driving tour as we meander our way through various locations that exhibit Alberta’s phenomenal wilderness and wildlife, the unique geology of the Porcupine Hills, and a site visit to an abandoned well under the responsibility of the Orphan Well Association. Come out for a great day of exploring, and learn more about your backyard!

Registration: $25

Registration cost for all events during the month of August will include a lifetime membership with AWA. Read more about Birds, Rocks, Hills and Fields

Location

First Stop: Frank Lake , AB

Panel recommends approval of Teck’s Frontier Oil Sands Mine project, just 30-km south of Wood Buffalo National Park

EDMONTON – A Joint Review Panel recommends approval of Teck’s Frontier Oil Sands Mine project, despite acknowledgments of a long list of adverse environmental impacts, including high risks to wildlife that use the area 

In the same month that the UN warns Canada of swift action required to stop the degradation of Wood Buffalo National Park, a massive 290 sq-km open-pit oil sands mine project has been recommended for approval, which would place it just 30-km south of the Park’s borders. The project would be the largest of its kind in Alberta. The provincial-federal Joint Review Panel found the project to be in the public’s interest, despite the findings that it,

[…] is likely to result in significant adverse environmental effects to wetlands, old-growth forests, wetland- and old-growth-reliant species at risk, the Ronald Lake bison herd, and biodiversity.” And “likely to result in significant adverse effects to the asserted rights, use of lands and resources, and culture of indigenous groups who use the project area. The proposed mitigation measures have not been proven to be effective or to fully mitigate project effects on the environment or on indigenous rights, use of lands and resources, and culture.” Read more about Panel recommends approval of Teck’s Frontier Oil Sands Mine project, just 30-km south of Wood Buffalo National Park

CPAWS on the TD Elk Island Express

Aug 24 2019 - 8:30am
Aug 31 2019 - 8:30am
Sep 1 2019 - 8:30am

From the CPAWS Northern Alberta website

CPAWS NAB is partnering with Parkbus on the new route out to beautiful Elk Island National Park! We will be aboard the TD ELK ISLAND EXPRESS talking about our parks and the importance of protecting our landscapes.

Come join us if you’re looking for an easy (and free) way to get out and enjoy the outdoors this summer! 

Departure Times:

EDMONTON TO ELK ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

  • 8:30 AM at MEC Edmonton Downtown (11904 104 Ave NW)
  • 8:45 AM at Royal Alberta Museum (9810 103a Ave NW

ELK ISLAND NATIONAL PARK TO EDMONTON

  • Park Departure at 15:30 PM

One way travel time is approximately 1 hour.

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Location

Edmonton , AB

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