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RC-16: The 10 Largest Protected Areas In Manitoba


Date Posted: June 25, 2011

Public or crown lands are designated by the Manitoba government as protected areas under: Ecological Reserves Act, Wildlife Act (wildlife management areas), Provincial Parks Act, Forest Act, or East Side Traditional Lands Planning and Special Protected Areas Act. The regulatory language confirms protection of the area by prohibiting mining, logging, hydroelectric, oil and gas development (including exploration activities,), as well as other activities that could significantly and adversely affect natural habitat (includes road or transmission corridors, commercial properties,townsites, etc.) Mineral rights are withdrawn, including at the start of interim protection.

The ten largest regulated protected areas in Manitoba, with interim or permanent protection, are listed below; national parks not included. Information based on government data. Most listed below are located above the treeline in Manitoba.

(Acronyms: LUC= Land Use Category; WMA = Wildlife Management Area):

Name Size in Hectares Protected Under Type of Protection
Sand Lakes Provincial Wilderness Park 831,000 Provincial Parks Act Permanent Protection LUC Wilderness
Asatiwisipe Aki Traditional Use Planning Area 807,650** East Side Traditional Lands Planning and Special Protected Areas Act Land Use Protection & Development Plan
** Survey not yet available.
Caribou River Wilderness Park 764,000 Provincial Parks Act Permanent Protection LUC Wilderness
Nueltin Lake Park 447,190 Provincial Parks Act Permanent Protection LUC Wilderness
Atikaki Provincial Wilderness Park 398,100 Provincial Parks Act Permanent Protection LUC Wilderness
Numaykoos Lake Wilderness Park 360,000 Provincial Parks Act Permanent Protection LUC Wilderness
Kaskatamagan WMA 259,530 Wildlife Act Ministerial regulation
Amisk Park Reserve 198,000 Provincial Parks Act Interim Protection LUC Wilderness
Colvin Lake Park 163,070 Provincial Parks Act Permanent Protection LUC Wilderness
Kaskatamagan Sipi WMA 133,820 Wildlife Act Ministerial regulation

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