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Bow Valley protected areas management plan

Description

The Bow Valley protected areas are public lands designated under the Provincial Parks Act to be maintained in a natural state for use by the public for recreation, education or other specified purposes. They include Bow Valley Wildland Park, Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park and Bow Valley Provincial Park. The Bow Valley protected areas were designated or expanded by Order in Council under the province’s Special Places program in 1998. The designations reflected the consensus of a volunteer Local Committee that included conservation groups, industry, recreationists and local governments. From 1998 to September 2000, the Bow Valley protected areas covered an area of 75,408 acres (30,517 hectares) of provincial Crown land in the Bow River watershed. In September 2000, a further 20, 474 acres (8289 hectares) in the Spray Valley was added to the Bow Valley Wildland Park. Together, these protected areas occupy a significant proportion of the provincial Crown lands in the Bow and Spray Valleys and have high ecological, scenic and recreational values. While developing the draft plan, the redesignation of most of Bow Flats and all of Yamnuska Natural Areas to become parts of the Bow Valley Wildland Park was supported by neighbouring jurisdictions, stakeholders and the public and is reflected in the final plan. Similarly, those portions of the former Bow Flats Natural Area upstream of the Trans Canada Highway bridge are added to the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park and small portions of the former Bow Flats Natural Area downstream of Lac des Arcs subdivision are added to Bow Valley Provincial Park. As well, the six small Provincial Recreation Areas along the Trans Canada and 1A Highways are added to Bow Valley Provincial Park. Several relatively minor boundary amendments to the Bow Valley Wildland Park and one to the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park are shown in this plan. These are consistent with the recommendations of the Bow Valley Special Places Local Committee and most were intended to make the Wildland Park boundary consistent with existing dispositions (e.g., quarry, teahouse) that are surrounded by the Wildland Park (see Map 2). As well, several adjacent parcels of vacant provincial Crown land have been added where their management intent and objectives are consistent with that of the Wildland Park (this includes the 400-acre “Letter of Intent” lands formerly associated with the SilverTip development). The addition of lands around Grassi Lakes to the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park occurred for the same general reason.

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Bow River Bow Valley environmental protection management plans natural areas provincial recreation areas

Title and publication information

Type
Report
Alternative Title

Canmore Flats Natural Area management plan

Extent

64 pages

Frequency

Once

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Community Development (1992-2006)

Place of Publication

Edmonton

Resource Dates

Date Created

2002-09-01

Date Added

2015-11-23T20:35:44.846655

Date Modified

2002-09-01

Date Issued

2002-09-01

Audience information

Identifiers

ISBN (print)

0778522210

NEOS catalogue key

2666938

Usage / Licence

Contact

Contact Name

Environment and Parks