Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park, Alberta’s newest parks, was established in 2017. Castle Provincial Park and Castle WPP is a beautiful culmination of several surrounding natural features. The Flathead River Valley of British Columbia provides a western boundary to the park, while Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site skirts the southern edge. The north is protected by the Crowsnest Pass, and the northeast fades away into the Porcupine Hills. For those driving south from Calgary, the drive is approximately 250 kilometers, or two-and-a-half-hours. The park offers camping, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and a plethora of other opportunities that should be investigated while visiting.
Within the Castle Provincial Park and Castle WPP is Table Mountain. The 6.2-mile there and back trial is lightly to moderately trafficked, and it ventures up steep inclines through trees and rocky terrain. An easier interpretive trail, approximately 1 mile in length, loops to the left of the trailhead. The actual trailhead leads to the right initially along a small clearing and a water feature that rushes down the rock-laden valley when snow melts. The trail is difficult to navigate during wet conditions, and careful planning should be considered prior to attempting. The trails also lead through bear country, and hikers should exercise caution. Rockier inclines through trees and a rock-covered summit complete the trail.
While in Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park, visitors should plan to make the most of their time, as there truly is a lot to experience. Several other summits and hiking trails are available for those wanting to venture upward for the breathtaking views. Camping accommodations may be found at Alberta Park’s website here. Cross-country skiing areas can be found here. Be sure to check all park advisories and regulations prior to visiting. Additional information may be found online or by visiting the Castle Visitor Centre.