PARKS and PROTECTED AREAS DIVISION
PROTECTED AREAS ARC/INFO COVERAGE OR ARCVIEW SHAPEFILE
The Order-in-Council document designating a site forms the basis for the digitized boundary for all
designated sites. Where discrepancies exist between the digital map and the legal descriptions listed in
Orders-in-Council, the Order-in-Council shall be considered correct. Individual site maps and legal
descriptions can be viewed on the web at http://www.cd.gov.ab.ca/preserving/parks/lrm/
(Alberta Community Development, Parks and Protected Areas Division - Land Reference Manual page).
Site boundaries are interpreted from Orders-in-Council. Boundaries are then compiled from digital map data
supplied by Resource Data Branch, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. Either 1:20,000 digital map
data, or Base Features map data has been used to compile boundaries. In some remote areas, this has
been supplemented with IRS imagery.
In addition to the standard default coverage fields the following attributes are included:
A unique numeric site identifier.
The code definitions for "type" are:
ER - Ecological Reserve (Wilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves and Natural Areas Act)
HR – Heritage Rangeland
NP - National Park (National Parks Act – Federal Legislation)
NA - Natural Area (Wilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves and Natural Areas Act)
PP - Provincial Park (Provincial Parks Act)
WA - Wilderness Area (Wilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves and Natural Areas Act)
WP – Willmore Wilderness Park (Willmore Wilderness Park Act)
WPP - Wildland Park (Provincial Parks Act)
Where multiple type codes apply to the same parcel(s) of land, the type code appearing in this data set
shall default to the highest level of protection. There are two examples of this currently in Alberta. Upper
Bob Creek ER, which overlaps both Bob Creek Wildland and Black Creek Heritage Rangeland and
Marshybank ER, which falls partly within Brazeau Canyon Wildland.
Status codes indicate whether a site is formally designated, or not. This data set contains only sites, or the
portions thereof, which have been designated. For information pertaining to industrial activity restrictions on
any of these sites (excluding National Parks), contact: Bill Richards, Resource Technologist, Parks and
Protected Areas Division, Alberta Community Development, at (780) 427-9445
Sites that are legally protected by the legislation applicable to that designation
OC - Order-in-council
Projection: 10TM (10 degree Transverse Mercator)
Scale Factor: 0.9992
Longitude of Central Meridian: -115 degrees
Latitude of Origin: 0 degrees
False Easting: 500 000 m
False Northing: 0 m
The distribution of this digital data file is provided as a free service to the user, for internal purposes. Digital
data is under copyright to the Government of Alberta. Subsequent reuse or resale of this data, in whole or
part, in whatever manner is expressly prohibited.
These digital data files may contain errors. The Alberta Natural Heritage Information Centre makes no
representation whatsoever as to the contents of these files and accepts no responsibility for any damage,
whether direct or indirect, that may result from their use.
The Alberta Natural Heritage Information Centre is a co-operative project between Parks and Protected
Areas Division and NatureServe.
Alberta Community Development
Parks and Protected Areas Division
Alberta Natural Heritage Information Centre
200 Oxbridge Place
9820 106 Street
Edmonton AB T5K 2J6
Phone: 780 427-5209 Fax: 780 427-5980