Castle Region Tourism Strategy

Prairie farm in Castle Region of Alberta nestled on rolling hills and in the background large mountains.

This destination has the natural beauty, cultural significance and outdoor opportunities to potentially attract more domestic and international visitors. The Government of Alberta wants to hear from local residents, Indigenous peoples and interested Albertans to help create a vision for tourism in the area.

UPDATE:

Due to forest fires in the region, open houses that were scheduled to take place September 20 at the Pincher Creek Community Hall and on September 21 at the Blairmore Elks Hall have been postponed. These open houses will be rescheduled at a later date to ensure that all residents and stakeholders in the region can share their ideas and provide input on how to support tourism in the Castle region. Please check back to this webpage for updated open house information.

Your comments will help inform the creation of a tourism strategy that balances development, access and conservation of this culturally and ecologically significant part of Alberta.

Pincher Creek
September 20 Open House
POSTPONED DUE TO FOREST FIRES IN THE REGION
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Community Hall, 287 Canyon Dr.

Blairmore
September 21 Open House
POSTPONED DUE TO FOREST FIRES IN THE REGION
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Elks Hall, 2025 129 St.


Online Survey

You are also invited to share your ideas by completing an online survey available from September 15 to October 31, 2017.

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Castle Region Map

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where is the Castle Region on a map?
    • The Castle region borders British Columbia to the west and Waterton Lakes National Park to the south. The new Castle parks reside within the Castle region.
    • Communities adjacent to the new Castle parks include the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass and the Municipal District (MD) of Pincher Creek.

  2. Why is the Government of Alberta engaging the public for a Castle region tourism strategy?
    • Growing Alberta’s tourism sector in the region will help create local jobs as well as contribute to strengthening and diversifying our economy.
    • The Castle region has the natural beauty, cultural significance and outdoor opportunities to potentially attract more visitors from across the nation and around the world.
    • The input received will help inform the development of a Castle region tourism strategy that strikes the right balance between economic development, access and conservation.

  3. What is the Castle region tourism strategy?
    • The tourism strategy for Castle region will be a Government of Alberta policy document. With input from stakeholders, Indigenous peoples and interested Albertans, it will identify actions the government can take to help support the development of the Castle region as a successful and sustainable tourism destination, becoming a significant contributor to a more diversified economy.
    • The tourism strategy is not a business development plan or a land-use plan, nor will it address the use of the park lands. The new Castle Parks will be governed by the parks’ management plan.

  4. How is the Castle region tourism strategy related to the new Castle parks?
    • The new parks offer an opportunity to grow tourism in the Castle area. The tourism strategy is a separate initiative that focuses on how the Government of Alberta can help develop tourism in the communities adjacent to the new provincial parks.
    • Alberta Environment and Parks has completed consultation on the new Castle Parks’ Management Plan and will be leading consultation on the land footprint and recreation management plans for the Porcupine Hills and Livingstone Public Land Use Zones (PLUZs) just north of the parks.

  5. What is the current state of tourism in the Castle region?
    • The region has an abundance of outdoor recreation activities, such as hiking, fishing, camping, mountain biking, snowmobiling and skiing at Castle Mountain Resort.
    • The communities host several events throughout the year, including rodeos, music festivals and extreme sports.
    • The region is also home to many significant historical and cultural sites and museums, as well as an emerging arts scene.

  6. How can I participate in the public engagement?
    • The Government of Alberta is committed to engaging Albertans on the development of this strategy. Public open houses that were scheduled for September 20 and 21 in the Castle region have been postponed due to forest fires in the region. These open houses will be rescheduled at a later date. Information on the open houses will be available at the Tourism website.
    • All Albertans are invited to provide additional input by completing the online survey available from September 15 to October 31, 2017.

  7. What if I cannot attend the open house sessions?
    • Albertans who are unable to attend one of the scheduled open houses are welcome to provide input by completing the online survey available from September 15 to October 31, 2017.
    • For additional information, please contact the public engagement team at Castle Tourism.

  8. When will the tourism strategy for the Castle region be completed?
    • This is a complex, multifaceted policy initiative that demands coordination and commitment of several other ministries in the Government of Alberta. As such, getting it right is more important than a hard-and-fast deadline. This said, we are aiming to complete the strategy in 2018.

  9. Where can I get help to start or grow a tourism business in the Castle region?
    • Support is available through the Tourism Entrepreneurship Program. It provides tools and services that can help you start a new tourism business or help existing tourism entrepreneurs grow their operations. Visit Tourism Entrepreneurship.
Last reviewed/revised: September 15, 2017
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