Alberta’s gorgeous outdoors just got that much better.
As of noon on Friday, June 28 (just in time for Canada Day), the Government of Alberta has loosened the laws regarding liquor consumptions at select provincial parks.
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Sure, there are still a few rules surrounding where, when, and how you can drink while basking in the sun this summer, but the announcement does mean you’re less likely to receive a fine or, worse, have that bottle of wine poured out right in front of you.
“We’ve committed to ending the war on fun in Alberta’s provincial parks,” said Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks, in the release.
“The vast majority of park users enjoy our natural spaces responsibly and our government believes in allowing adults to be adults. Happy Canada Day and, as always, please enjoy the province’s parks responsibly.”
The relaxed laws will affect 14 different day-use picnic sites throughout the province, which combine for a total of 200 picnic tables.
Picnickers will only be able to drink alcohol if it’s being consumed with food between the hours of 11 am and 9 pm, so make sure to pack some burgers and hotdogs alongside the six-pack the next time you head out to one of these spots:
- Beauvais Lake Provincial Park (Beaver Creek day use)
- Cypress Hills Provincial Park (East Elkwater day use)
- Dinosaur Provincial Park (main day use)
- Little Elbow Provincial Recreation Area (Forget-me-not Pond day use)
- Spray Valley Provincial Park (Wedge Pond day use)
- Fish Creek Provincial Park (Hulls Wood day use)
- Cobble Flats Provincial Recreation Area (Cobble Flats day use)
- Miquelon Lake Provincial Park (main day use)
- Pigeon Lake Provincial Park (main day use)
- William A. Switzer Provincial Park (Kelly’s Bathtub day use)
- Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park (day-use C picnic shelter)
- Beaver Lake Provincial Recreation Area (day-use picnic shelter
- Whitney Lakes Provincial Park (Ross Lake day-use shelter)
- Saskatoon Island Provincial Park (main day use)