Section of Sylvan shoreline loses protected status

One hundred and 50 metres of Sylvan Lake’s shore and lake bed has been removed from provincial park status, spurring concerns about its potential development.

One hundred and 50 metres of Sylvan Lake’s shore and lake bed has been removed from provincial park status, spurring concerns about its potential development.

The short water-covered stretch between Chateau Suites hotel and the Wild Rapids Waterside was reclassified this month by the provincial government. What was formerly protected park space was turned into “public land” by an order-in-council.

This means the watery area could be developed some day, if permission is obtained from all three levels of government — the federal Fisheries and Oceans Department, Alberta Sustainable Resources Development and the Town of Sylvan Lake.

Town Mayor Susan Samson has no idea whether some kind of commercial pier or boat dock would ever be proposed for the 150 metres, but she still has misgivings about removing the area from park protection.

“We have a very limited shoreline as it is, and with an increase in (tourist) usage, I would be reluctant to see any change there,” Samson said.

Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister Cindy Ady first proposed making the change after touring the provincial park along on Sylvan Lake about a year ago. Ady questioned the benefit of holding onto the 150 metres when it’s separated from the other provincial park land along Sylvan Lake by the Chateau Suites hotel.

After some public input, the provincial government decided the water-covered fragment wasn’t needed as park space, said Camille Weleschuk, a spokesperson for Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation.

While commercial developments can spring up on public land, Weleschuk said applicants must first obtain approval from all three levels of government.

Just Posted

Break-in at Red Deer business

Social media reports confirm a business break and enter in Red Deer… Continue reading

‘Rough waters’: Spill raises new questions about fast-growing N.L. oil industry

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador’s ambitious plans to dramatically expand… Continue reading

Trudeau rules out snap election call, national ballot slated for Oct. 21

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there will be no early… Continue reading

Canadian firm says it has found largest diamond ever unearthed in North America

YELLOWKNIFE — A Canadian mining firm says it has unearthed the largest… Continue reading

Man from Olds killed in collision near Sundre

A 39-year-old man from Olds was killed in a collision near Sundre… Continue reading

WATCH: More than 100 protest UN migration pact, carbon tax in Red Deer

Chants of “Trudeau must go” echoed through the streets of downtown Red… Continue reading

Baloo the cat is back at home after being mistakenly shipped to Montreal

HALIFAX — Much to the relief of his loving family, Baloo the… Continue reading

‘It’s what we do’: Famous Newfoundlanders help replace veteran’s stolen guitar

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Two famous Newfoundlanders stepped in to help an… Continue reading

Quebec’s anti-corruption unit blames media coverage for recruiting troubles

MONTREAL — Seven years after it was created, Quebec’s anti-corruption unit is… Continue reading

Former PQ cabinet minister poised to become next Bloc Quebecois leader

MONTREAL — It appears likely that Yves-Francois Blanchet, a former Parti Quebecois… Continue reading

J&J hammered by report it knew of asbestos in baby powder

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson on Friday forcefully denied a media… Continue reading

Police want direct talk with missing Colorado woman’s fiance

DENVER — An official leading the search for a missing Colorado woman… Continue reading

Death of 7-year-old on border raises questions

WASHINGTON — Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was… Continue reading

Tkachuk’s goal in 3rd gives Flames 2-1 win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matthew Tkachuk scored the go-ahead goal midway through… Continue reading

Most Read