Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty announced the official proclamation of Great Blue Heron Provincial Park this morning. In addition to being the first new provincial park to open in nearly 20 years, it is Saskatchewan’s 35th provincial park. The park – located north of Prince Albert – encompasses Anglin and Emma Lake recreation sites and surrounding crown land, contains nearly 300 campsites and protects 11,168 hectares.
Saskatchewan has designated a new protected area nearly two-thirds the size of Prince Edward Island.
The Pink Lake Representative Area Ecological Reserve, located 160 kilometres north of La Ronge, is now Saskatchewan’s largest provincially-designated protected area of approximately 3,660 square kilometres. Compared to all other protected lands in the province, only Prince Albert National Park is larger at 3,874 square kilometres.