Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Castle Parks to get nearly $20 million from Budget 2017, including paving and Beaver Mines water project

Government of Alberta -
Highway paving and new water pipelines are part of nearly $20 million in infrastructure investment for the Castle Provincial Park and neighbouring communities.  Six million dollars from Budget 2017 will go towards paving an 11-kilometre gravel section of Highway 774 (the roadway to Castle Mountain Resort) within the newly established park. Another $9 million is earmarked to help the Municipal District of Pincher Creek construct a water line that ties Castle Mountain Resort to the Hamlet of Beaver Mines. The water line will also serve the Castle Provincial Park.  It builds on $4.7-million in grants from the province and the federal government to construct a water line between Beaver Mines and the Village of Cowley. All three pieces of infrastructure support local tourism in and around the Castle parks.

“These projects will create jobs and support the local economy in southwestern Alberta. They will also bring more visitors to the Castle parks to experience the natural beauty of the Crown of the Continent.” - Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

"The Castle region has a wealth of natural beauty, heritage attractions and nature-based tourism opportunities. This much-needed infrastructure will provide greater access and services for residents and visitors to enjoy existing and future outdoor recreation opportunities, contributing to the economic diversification of the region." - Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

“The paving of Highway 774 is an essential piece to ensuring that all Albertans can access recreational activities in the Castle parks region in a safe, reliable and enjoyable manner. This decision is consistent with Alberta Park’s mandate to improve the life of all Albertans through access to recreation.” - Brad Brush, general manager of Castle Mountain Resort

“Every day, I meet Albertans who go to the Castle to recharge and relax with their families. Investments in this beautiful area will continue to make a real difference for surrounding communities and businesses.” - Jerry Strate, co-owner, Alpenland Ski and Sports

The 103,000-hectare Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park were established in January. Over the next four years, more than $20 million will go to access routes, inclusion projects, camping, signage, picnic areas and hiking trails in the Castle parks.

Related information
Castle parks (video)


  1. Anonymous30/3/17

    The Pincher Creek Voice is an excellent source of information, in this day and age of giant corporate news. Here again, another seemingly great development on the road to the future of Castle park. While local investment and money directed at our ski hill is absolutely great, there seems to be something rotten in the state of Denmark. These investments will bring "more visitors" to the Castle area? I thought they were trying to protect the park? What Shannon Phillips meant to say was, these investments will bring more of the "right kind" of visitors to Castle. Random campers, hunters, OHV users and others will no longer be welcome. In other words only people driving on pavement with lots of cash in their pockets, will be more than welcome...but locals can bugger off somewhere else. Sustainable tourism? What the heck is that? This will contribute to the "economic diversification" of the area. Does everyone see where this is going? Someone said last week, if we didn't fight this, foreigners would be driving down paved roads drinking their Evian waters, while the locals would now be considered "profane". Welcome to the profane. Big money, big government and park rangers with handguns, will be on hand to make sure the locals don't get restless. The Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek will not benefit from this in any way, after all is said and done. Well, there will be a few restaurant jobs and perhaps we can clean rich peoples hotel rooms and shovel sidewalks. The future is great for the people that truly deserve our mountains, the wealthy, government officials at cocktail parties and foreign tourists are really going to enjoy our mountains. "Its an important source of clean water", but lets pave the crap out of it, dig it up and lay some serious pipe! More paved roads to come, stay tuned! That doesn't sound good for wilderness areas to have oil and salt run off into the watershed, which always happens with paved roads, not to mention wildlife prefer crossing gravel roads according to studies already published. Premiere Notley is an avid cyclist and I am sure she is really going to enjoy the new millions of dollars worth of paved roads, with her cycling friends! Looking forward to big fences, lots of toll booths and a wonderful giant provincial park sign, indicating you can't do anything here anymore except take pictures of the aboriginal folk practicing rights everyone, and I mean everyone, use to have. I wonder if species are still going to be "at risk" from the Shell gas wells or thousands of head of cattle they are still going to allow? Gas people and ranchers you are deluding yourselves, if you can't see you will be kicked out next. First the locals than all of you. You are all mostly local too, but I guess some locals are better than others, until the government thinks they are not, band council take note, national parks do not allow hunting for anyone. They might as well connect this to Waterton Lakes National Park and be done with it all at once. Are you sure that isn't the ultimate goal? One giant highly controlled highly restricted park? One of the key people supporting this is Kevin Van whats his face, who worked in Waterton as a warden for years. Kevin's sister was tragically mauled by a grizzly bear and eventually committed suicide, it was all very troubling. I think I would rather hike and tent castle with my gun, thank you very much, but that won't be allowed anymore. Play different groups against each other, pay a few people off and cause dissent among locals, are great tactics used by unethical governments in unethical countries. Nice to see that happening here now. Welcome to the state of Denmark.

    1. Anonymous30/3/17

      Well said. I agree 100%.

    2. Wow. Is this guy even human? Unfortunately, if this is how most 'local's' act, they really do need to be treated like children.

    3. Anonymous30/3/17

      Very Very well said The new NDP theme song goes. We paved paradise and put up a parking lot. Couple more years and we will see if there is a party that will stand for the little guy and reverse this

    4. Anonymous31/3/17

      You know... I worked all afternoon and thought I might be able to let this go... but I cannot. Anonymous... you have crossed the line. Using a person's personal tragedy of what happened to his sister in a feeble attempt to promote your point of view is in really bad taste and quite possibly against the law as you did clearly identify the person you were using in your comment without their permission. Now it shows that you are against the environmentalists, government, oil & gas companies, logging companies, first nations, ranchers, foreigners and now you have added people suffering from depression / disabled people to your list. I can imagine that your ears are ringing and I believe it is the rest of the OHV community trying to figure out how to distance themselves from you as in this one comment you have done more harm to your own cause and the cause of the OHV community than everyone else put together.
      You, sir, are a very little man and owe Kevin Van (you know exactly who he is) a public apology plus retract your statement. If I were in your shoes I would not waste time. Legally there are ways to identify the exact location where your comment was written from so please don't think the title of 'Anonymous' protects you.
      If that is how you chose to validate your cause, I would say you are finished... your thoughts and comments no longer have meaning and I am quite sure nobody wants to hear any more from you.

  2. Phil Burpee30/3/17

    Wow! - quite the brain-drainer from Anonymous/'whats his face' #1 there - must have saved up quite a bit of froth and fury before spewing that one out. You know, it is said that LSD is derived from an ergot associated with bread mold. Could be somebody should check this commenter's Donald Duck bread for suspicious-looking fuzz. Or maybe the Ghost of Hamlet's father is howling around inside his skull firing up horrific fever-dreams. Either way, I recommend a couple Sleep-eze tabs and a good night's rest. Wow.......

  3. Anonymous30/3/17

    When has it happened that the rights of the NDP are worth more than non NDP supporters. What the first person said is very correct. If anybody thinks that these people will be diverted from their goal of taking away our rights we are dreaming. Please get out to the rallies and voice your opinion. Send in the post cards do what ever you can. The first nations people that were taken in to show them the proposed park didn't even put 10 kms on the OHV that the government rented for them. They were from North of Calgary, they weren't even local. This government does alot with smoke and mirrors and it's very distrubing when people fall for it.

  4. Anonymous30/3/17

    Protecting the area, what a joke. More harm will come from all this. Just shake my head in disgust !!!

  5. Anonymous31/3/17

    Incredible.... I see our most popular negative anonymous commenter is still at it. Spreading false news that cannot be backed up, dwelling on what has happened in the past and not even considering what he and the rest of Alberta can do to protect the land and the animals in the future. The government's plan is based on models that have worked successfully in many other areas throughout Canada and the US. You can find that information very easily. What you cannot find easily is anything to back up any statement that the writer has put forth. We've already been through the discussion on industry in the area in which your lack of knowledge on the subject became very evident. In our last go round you claimed to have been a 'ranger' and then on your last post stated that if OHVs were not allowed you would get a horse and go up to your hunting camp that way. Well, if you were indeed a 'ranger' that statement would make you a disgrace to the profession as you basically state that you would disobey the random camping ban. I guess rules only apply to other people.
    The Castle region belongs to all of the people in Alberta, not just the 6% that ride OHVs. In a democratic society, the majority of the population has the right to decide how the land is used. There are no smoke and mirrors and the only people that are falling for anything here are the OHV riders who somehow have been convinced that riding their OHV on Crown Land is a 'Right" and not a privilege. You have had your run of the land for 25+ years and have done nothing but destroy it. Now we need to fix it. Don't bring in discussions on industry or first nations as that is not what is on the table. This not about comparing with anything else just a direct approach to deal with an OHV problem that has gotten out of hand. All locals will be welcome in the new Park model, not just the minority that ride OHVs. The model does work, just look at Peter Lougheed Park, Banff and Jasper and you will see that all of them prosper and so do the surrounding communities. The only smoke and mirrors I see are the ones the OHV groups are using to try and convince people that their communities will be devastated without the OHV recreation. There is a reason parks like Waterton, Beauvais Lake, Peter Lougheed, Mount Kidd, Banff and Jasper are always full... the majority of people prefer to recreate without the constant sound and smell of OHVs.

  6. I find it quite humorous that if you watch the video in this article, at the end it comes up with a choice of 2 you tube videos to watch. One being a government press release and the other a video on OHV damage in the Castle area. The humour comes when you chose the OHV video as the video that comes up automatically right after that one is someone's personal group video of quad riding in the Castle (titled Castle River to Lost Creek filmed in Aug. 2015). This video shows everything that OHV riders claim that they do not do and these appear to be average middle aged riders. There are literally hundreds of videos posted displaying, for all to see, the damage that the OHVs are creating in our back country.
    It is not possible for the government to police every square inch of the back country so banning OHV use is the only option open.


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