Active conservation within the Beaver Hills dates back to the end of the nineteenth century. Today, designated parks and protected areas account for a quarter of the region. Additional areas are secured through a variety of conservation mechanisms that help to safeguard the rich biodiversity of the region. All these areas provide important ecosystem services and collectively comprise a functioning ecological network involving core areas and connecting corridors.

Parks and protected areas are not only the anchors for biodiversity protection but they are also important destinations and settings for a wide variety of outdoor recreation and sustainable tourism activities and experiences. Together, these areas add to the overall landscape character and attractiveness of the Beaver Hills as a region where people want to visit and live.

There are several federal, provincial and local protected areas located within the Beaver Hills including the following:

Elk Island National Park

Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve

Miquelon Lake Provincial Park

Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Ministik Lake Game Bird Sanctuary

Strathcona Wilderness Centre

Ukrainian Cultural Village

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