Watch out for Leased Land and be aware of the guidelines and restrictions:
Most of our club events take place in public places,
parks, gyms, forest reserves, public pathways and along rivers and
lakes. We do not often encounter places that require access rights.
Gates, fences and signs displaying private property, no hunting or
access restricted are not the norm.
How do I tell
if an area I intend holding an event in is off limits?
In Alberta areas west of the Forestry Trunk Road (FTR)
known as Hwy 940 or Hwy 40 which runs roughly from Coleman to Grand
Prairie are forestry reserves, provincial wildland, provincial parks
or national parks. Unless otherwise posted they are public land and
there is usually no problem entering them on foot. Camping outside
designated areas may also be allowed. If the land is a provincial or
national park a backcountry permit may be required to camp and
sometimes just to enter the area. Check with the appropriate
department for details. East of the FTR the situation changes. There
are forestry reserves, private lands, Crown Grazing Leases and Oil,
Gas and mining leases. If the land is not forestry reserve permission
to enter is required from the landowner or leaseholder. In the case of
leaseholders this website gives a map and the contact details
to obtain access permission. Private landowner information may usually
be obtained from the local municipal district office. Pedestrian
access is not always guaranteed however most leaseholders are quite
reasonable. You may have to negotiate numbers and activities.
Camping is usually forbidden. Remember be tactful and courteous.
If you do get access permission note the details in your
event writeup. We wish to establish a good relationship for future
Events like canoeing and rafting quite often will pass
through private and leased lands. Be aware of where they are. Do not
stray from the banks unless you have obtained permission. The Bow,
North Saskatchewan, Red Deer, Oldman, Castle and Milk Rivers are the
rivers we would likely run.
General guidelines for usage:
- If you are entering private or leased land enter through gates and
close them after you.
- If you have to climb over a gate do so on the hinge side.
- Slide under or cross barbed wire fences at low points.
- Stick to obvious trails
- Give livestock a wide berth particularly in winter
- Keep well clear of buildings or homes
- Walk around the perimeter of fields rather than through them if
there are crops
- Pack out what you bring in.
- No camping, fires or driving vehicles on land without prior permission.
- Do not block access by parking in a gateway or entrance to fields.