Alberta Parks Creating Backcountry Hut-to-Hut System

Alberta Parks Creating Backcountry Hut-to-Hut System

Alberta Parks announced that they are developing a world-class, backcountry hut-to-hut system in Castle Wildland Provincial Park in partnership with the Alpine Club of Canada.

This investment is part of the Government of Alberta’s ongoing commitment to diversify and modernize Alberta’s provincial parks system. Total funding for the project is $700,000 over two years.

Albertans love parks. Camping allows us to spend quality time with our families while also reconnecting with nature. These backcountry huts will expand the recreation opportunities available in the Castle region, attract new visitors and meet the growing demand for backcountry experiences in Alberta. We’re so pleased to be able to partner with the Alpine Club of Canada to bring this thrilling backcountry experience to the Castle area.
— Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

The backcountry huts system will be comprised of three modern, sustainable huts in key locations about 10km apart. Two are in the south Castle area and one near Bovin Lake. Outhouse facilities will also be constructed at the sites. One of the huts will be designed, constructed and located to be as fully accessible as possible for users with limited mobility.

Construction and installation of the first backcountry hut will begin this Spring, with a target opening date of Fall 2018.