Camping at Fish Lake, west of Nordegg. The lake is also known as Shunda Lake. (Photo contributed)

Jarvis Bay, Fish Lake among campgrounds to see upgrades

$54 million budgeted for 2017

The second year of a $239-million five-year program to improve Alberta provincial parks will see two campgrounds in the region get upgrades this year.

Jarvis Bay Provincial Park on Sylvan Lake will see campgrounds upgrades including improvements to accommodate modern RVs, and Fish Lake west of Nordegg will see campground upgrades and expansion.

This year’s budget across the province amounts to $54.2 million for improvements to campgrounds, such as new picnic tables and firepits, and improved infrastructure.

The funding is part of a five-year, $239-million plan to revitalize and expand the provincial parks system.

“Albertans want more places to camp and hike with their families and better facilities and playgrounds when they get there. We’re investing so all Albertans can get out and enjoy our beautiful wild spaces,” Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks said in a release on Thursday.

The funding will also support new features in five provincial parks, so people with limited mobility can enjoy a minimum of one-kilometre of trail.

Other campgrounds around Alberta that will see improvement include Gregoire Lake Provincial Park – continued reconstruction; Cold Lake Provincial Park – development of backcountry campsites; Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park – new shower facilities; William Watson Lodge – continued expansion and facility upgrades; Fallen Timber South Provincial Recreation Area – OHV campground and trail access enhancement; Little Bow Provincial Park – park redevelopment; Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – ski hill redevelopment and expansion.

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