Parking Policy

2021 parking passes are available for purchase and expire December 31, 2021.

Purchase your 2021 annual pass here.

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ASCCA Parking Policy 
 
Our paid parking policy assists with the financial sustainability of the ASCCA, but it is also one of our impact reduction strategies. We would like to continue to see visitors enjoying and respecting the ASCCA, however we would also like to encourage people to visit a variety of natural areas to limit impact on specific areas like the Cross Conservation Area. Our visitor numbers have gone up significantly in recent years, and we are concerned about the impact this will have on native wildlife in the area.
 
We estimate the cost of providing an opportunity for visitors to experience over 20 km of observation trails to be approximately $50,000 per year or $5 per visitor to maintain the trails and outhouses. Unfortunately, visitor donations do not come close to covering those costs. Many people do not realize that we do not receive any funding from the province to cover these costs. In fact, all of the government operating support we receive covers less than 1% of our entire operating budget.
 
General Policy

All visitors are required to display an annual parking pass or evidence of paid parking when parked in our visitor lot. 

The daily fee for parking is $10, for those who do not have a pass. 
 
Payment can be made via cash or credit card. Cash payment should be deposited in envelopes in the brown donation box near our parking lot welcome kiosk. Envelopes are available in our kiosk. Please display the tear-off validation slip from the envelope in your vehicle dashboard clearly once you have completed payment.
 
If paying by credit card, visit paypal.me/asccaparking/10Once payment is complete please write on a piece of paper your name, the date, and 'paid by card' and display clearly on your vehicle dashboard.
 
The lot will be regularly monitored by staff and volunteers. Vehicles without a pass or validation clearly displayed, will receive a notice. Vehicles repeatedly parked without validation or a pass are subject to towing. Plate numbers will be recorded.
 
Direct all questions and concerns about parking to 403.931.4070 or parking@crossconservation.org.
 
Parking Passes
 
Annual parking passes will expire on December 31 for the year they are issued. Passes are regularly $120, and will be on sale at an early bird rate of $100 from September 1 to December 15 each year. A pass purchased in September will be valid from September until the end of December the next year.
 
On March 27, 2020 we announced a temporary closure of the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, all 2020 parking passes with an expiry date of December 31, 2020 will have their expiry date extended to one year from the date that the ASCCA is able to re-open to public access.
 
Volunteers and Education Participants

Volunteers will not be required to pay for parking while volunteering. Active volunteers will be issued an annual parking pass to be renewed on a yearly basis. Volunteers will need to complete all required training and a set number of hours to be eligible for a parking pass, when their 2020 pass expires.
 
Participants in our education programs will not be required to pay for parking. Groups and individuals visiting the area with an educational or enrichment purpose will need to contact our office to book their hike in advance, and will not be required to pay for parking. It is up to the discretion of our staff to waive parking fees.
 
Event Parking and Visiting our Office
 
Parking in our visitor lot will be free during events, such as our BioBlitz, Star Night and Halloween Howl. If you are visiting our building only, we encourage you to park for free in our upper lot. 
 

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Blue-Winged Teal
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