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Spray Valley Provincial Park

Spray Valley Provincial Park
Spray Valley Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Spray Valley Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Spray Valley Provincial Park
Location of Spray Valley Park in Kananaskis Country
LocationKananaskis,  Alberta  Canada
Nearest cityCanmore, Calgary
Coordinates50°53′38″N 115°17′06″W / 50.89389°N 115.28500°W / 50.89389; -115.28500
Area254 km2 (98 sq mi)
EstablishedDecember 2000
Governing bodyAlberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation,
Kananaskis Country Campgrounds

Spray Valley Provincial Park is a provincial park located east of the Rocky Mountains, along the Spray River in western Alberta, Canada.

The park is part of the Kananaskis Country park system (along with Bluerock Wildland Provincial Park, Bow Valley Provincial Park, Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park, Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Plateau Mountain Ecological Reserve, Sheep River Provincial Park and numerous designated provincial recreational areas). Spray Valley borders the Banff National Park to the west.

Spray Valley Provincial Park falls under the jurisdiction of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation,[1] and on-site management is delegated to Kananaskis Country Campgrounds[2]

Buller Pond at Mount Buller day use area.

History

Spray Valley mountains, Mount Shark and Mount Sparrowhawk were designated as sites to host alpine skiing events in Calgary's bid for the 1988 Winter Olympics,[3] however, the venue for the alpine skiing events moved to Nakiska shortly after Calgary was awarded the Games.[4]

Activities

Spray Valley Provincial Park is easily accessible by road (the Bighorn Highway), and provides a setting for low impact activities such as hiking and cross-country skiing. Camping is permitted in summer (from May 17 to October 9) at the Lillian Lake, Ribbon Falls, Ribbon Lake, Eau Claire and Spray Lakes West campgrounds, and in winter at the Buller Mountain and Eau Claire campgrounds. Several day use areas are open for public in summer (with two areas, Sparrowhawk and Mount Shark, available year round).

A storm rolling into the Ribbon Creek valley is viewed from the trail leading up the cliff face beside Ribbon Falls in Spray Valley Provincial Park.
Two tributaries meet along Galatea Creek in Spray Valley Provincial Park.

Other recreational activities include canoeing, kayaking, fishing for trout and ice fishing.

Conservation

A management plan approved in March 2003 by the Kananaskis Country restricts further development in the park area, in order to preserve the ecological integrity. Restrictions were imposed on off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, horseback riding and biking, however a site in the Spray Valley is considered for the construction of a small lodge.[5][6]

See also

References

  1. ^ Alberta Community Development - Spray Valley Provincial Park
  2. ^ Kananaskis Country Campgrounds - Spray Valley
  3. ^ Calgary Olympic Development Association (1981). Calgary, Canada (Candidature File) (in English and French). Calgary: Calgary Olympic Development Association. p. 48.
  4. ^ "Ski body supports Mount Allan site". Montreal Gazette. Canadian Press. December 8, 1983. p. B-17.
  5. ^ FFWD article (August 2003). Kananaskis Country management plan pleases greens, irks others Archived 2007-06-24 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 11, 2007
  6. ^ Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture (2006). Management plans for the Kananaskis Area Archived 2007-06-06 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 11, 2007
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