Proposed - Porcupine Hills

Location of Proposed Park

The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to creating opportunities for recreation and conservation that will enhance our quality of life, create economic opportunities and continue to make Saskatchewan stronger.

The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is consulting on a proposal to consolidate the Woody River, McBride Lake, Pepaw Lake, Parr Hill Lake and Saginas Lake recreation sites and some adjacent Crown land into a new provincial park.

The consultations will enable the ministry to share, with you, information regarding the proposal and to hear your ideas about it.

We Want To Hear from You

A public survey was conducted on the proposed new parks.  If you would like to add your input, please direct your comments to input2tpcs@gov.sk.ca.

Contact Information

Chris Potter, Park Planner
Phone: (306) 787-3105
Email: chris.potter@gov.sk.ca

The purpose of public consultations is to provide:

  • current, accurate information regarding the intent, rationale and potential implications of creating a new provincial park in the area;
     
  • an open and transparent process that engages the public, First Nations and Métis communities, community leaders, businesses and other stakeholders in a dialogue about the potential opportunities and concerns that may result from creating a new park; and
     
  • an opportunity to gather information that will help guide future park land use planning and development.

First Nations and Métis Community Consultations

  • A separate process will invite First Nations and Métis communities to engage in a dialogue.  This action reflects government’s Duty to Consult policy.

PCS is specifically looking for feedback on the following:

  • proposed park boundaries;
     
  • current uses of the proposed park area;
     
  • future infrastructure recommendations; and
     
  • possible future recreation opportunities.

The Porcupine Hills area was proposed as a provincial park because of its potential to protect important environment and cultural features and to improve outdoor recreation opportunities.

As shown on the map, the proposed park will consist of two land blocks approximately 40 kilometres apart. The proposal is to consolidate the five existing recreation sites and some adjacent Crown land into a park of approximately 30,000 hectares.

The recreation sites have 111 campsites. The proposed area is south of the town of Hudson Bay, along the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border. This is a popular area for land and water-based recreation. The proposed provincial park would likely be classified as a natural environment park. That means the emphasis would be on retaining large areas of the natural landscape while providing opportunities for conservation, fish and wildlife management and recreation. Development, such as campgrounds, is concentrated in a small area.

PCS recognizes that, for many users, the draw of this area is its quiet, rustic atmosphere. We propose the proposed provincial park maintains that atmosphere.

If the proposed park proceeds to designation, a management plan will be developed to determine what facilities, services and activities are desired by users while trying to maintain the original appeal.

The potential for a new park in this area was recognized in 1998 in the Pasquia/Porcupine Integrated Forest Land Use Plan. Land adjacent to the recreation sites was reserved from Forest Management Agreement allocation in preparation for park establishment. The potential of a provincial park has already improved the protection of the area by removing it from forestry allocation and establishing Crown Reserves where mining and oil and gas exploration and development is prohibited.

Park Designation Benefits

Enhanced Conservation

The proposed park will enhance the protection and preservation of environmentally and culturally sensitive areas. There are several plant species in the area that are “species of concern” as identified by the Ministry of Environment. Following designation, additional planning with respect to ecosystem management/vegetation planning can address core area tree health, work toward maintaining a healthy forest ecosystem and enhance watershed and habitat protection and management of the area.

Existing Infrastructure

A new provincial park would enable PCS to invest in recreation opportunities. Should the park proceed to designation, PCS would refurbish the facilities at the existing recreation sites and undertake planning to develop additional opportunities.

Adjacent Crown Land

The existence of Crown Land adjacent to the recreation sites provides a good opportunity to incorporate sufficient land to ensure strong support for conservation efforts in the area. This land was set aside during previous planning. No private land is being considered for inclusion in the proposed park.

Tourism opportunities

A new provincial park would help increase tourism by providing economic benefits to nearby communities and creating new, private, business opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will this impact existing cottage subdivisions?

  • Existing cottage subdivisions will be excluded from the new park boundaries so the current municipal fee structure and governance will not change.
     
  • Cottage owners in cottage subdivisions will have unrestricted access to their property.
     
  • There are no plans to implement park entry fees.

How will this impact future development?

  • Consideration will be given to the appropriate park classification and a zoning process will be used to direct development and protect special natural and cultural areas.
     
  • TPCS is committed to a planning process involving full consultation. This process considers the interests of all users and examines the recreation carrying capacity of the area.

How will this impact the environment?

  • The proposed park will enable the province to work with local stakeholders and First Nations and Métis communities to develop conservation initiatives designed to protect the area for future generations.
     
  • Examples include:
    • developing core area vegetation management plans to address tree health, aesthetics and public safety within the core area;
    • developing an ecosystem/vegetation management promoting a healthy, vibrant ecosystem offering high-value recreation opportunities and experiences; and
    • protecting and managing fisheries and wildlife including “species of concern”.

Will hunting, fishing and trapping be allowed?

  • Hunting, fishing and trapping are important fish and wildlife management tools and would continue within a future park. Please refer to the Ministry of Environment’s Hunting and Trapping and Angling Guides for examples of how these activities are managed in existing provincial parks.