With the recent Optimizing Alberta Parks announcement in the province, we know members are concerned and worried about still having access to trailheads and equestrian campgrounds. The AEF is currently monitoring the situation, and gathering facts as we receive them.

Here is what we know so far:


March 9th, 2020 – The AEF has reached out to senior AEP management to receive recent facts. In regards to Kananaskis, access will continue at all facilities except the information centres for 2020, and most likely for the next 5 years. There are Facility Operating Agreements (FOAs) currently in place, and these agreements will be honoured. This applies to Provincial Recreation Areas (PRAs) and Equestrian Campgrounds.


As there is no formal consultation process for these decisions, we recommend writing your MLA and the Minister of Environment and Parks.

To find your MLA, you may find the directory here: MLA Directory Listing

To reach Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks, he may be reached at [email protected]

AEF will continue to monitor and provide our membership of all updates regarding this situation. We also intend to explore the opportunity to partner with the Government of Alberta in the future to help maintain access for recreational horse riders, and we urge members to contribute to the Trail Supporter Fund to help in those efforts. To donate, please visit www.albertaequestrian.com/donate


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