The Parks Act works to protect lands and natural and historic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
Cabinet can create a Provincial Park by including it in the Parks Act. Parks can be classified as one of the following types:
- Historic Parks
- Main Purpose: To preserve and interpret historic resources.
- Recreation Parks
- Main Purpose: To support outdoor recreation.
- Natural Environment Parks
- Main Purpose: To protect natural landscapes and provide recreational opportunities.
- Wilderness Parks
- Main Purpose: To preserve natural landscapes and support low impact recreation.
The Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport (“the Minister”) is responsible for managing Provincial Parks
Cabinet can create a Protected Area by including it in the Parks Act. These areas are protected to ensure the preservation of natural and historic resources. The Minister is responsible for managing Protected Areas.
By regulation, Cabinet can create a Recreation Site to provide public recreational opportunities. The Minister is responsible for managing Recreation Sites.
By regulation, Cabinet can create a Historic Site to protect historic resources. The Minister is responsible for managing Historic Sites.
By regulation, Cabinet can create a Park Reserve to temporarily protect lands while determining whether they should be transformed into a Provincial Park or Protected Area. A regulation creating a Park Reserve expires after five years. Park Reserves are managed as public lands but cannot be sold, transferred, or altered.