What's Happening in Southwest Alberta?

Friday
Mar312017

Parks Canada seeks public input on design of new Waterton visitor centre

Parks Canada is inviting Canadians from across the country to share their views on three design options for the new visitor centre in Waterton Lakes National Park. Canadians can provide their input from April 3rd to May 12th, 2017, to help shape the look, feel, and function of the new facility, both inside and out.

For more information and the link to Parks Canada's public comment site, cick here.

Wednesday
Mar292017

Castle Parks to get nearly $20 million from Budget 2017

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.

Read the whole story in the Pincher Creek Voice here.

Tuesday
Mar282017

Alberta earmarks $9M for protection of ranchlands and watersheds

The province is doling out almost $9 million among several non-profit groups devoted to protecting Alberta ranchlands and watersheds.

The funding from the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program will go toward six projects in southern Alberta, the province announced Monday.

Read the full article on CBC.ca here.
Friday
Mar102017

Economic and Social Innovation in SW Alberta

Successfully navigating economic change demands social innovation, and local community volunteers are leading the way.  Read more in this CBC article about Pincher Creek's new RCADE at the Lebel Mansion.

Matthias Eden programs a humanoid robot made by the Calgary-based company called EZ-Robot during the Coder Rodeo in August. Photo Credit: James Van Leeuwen 

 

Friday
Jan202017

Draft Management Plan for Castle Parks Available for Public Comment

The Government of Alberta today announced the establishment of the boundaries of the expanded Castle Wildland Park and the new Castle Provincial Park.  In addition, the Government issued the draft management plan for the parks for public review and comment until March 20.  The draft management plan can be downloaded here: https://talkaep.alberta.ca/CastleManagementPlan 

There is also a link to an on-line survey for submitting comments and information about other ways to submit your comments on the plan.