Alexo Natural Area


Located on a tributary of Shunda Creek, this Natural Area occupies the site of an abandoned coal mine near the former mining town of Alexo. It has regenerated with mixedwood communities typical of the northern foothills.

Looking north; Alexo Coal Company Limited tipple; [ca. 1930-1931], (CU1135056) by Unknown. Courtesy of Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.
Circa 1930-31. Looking north; Alexo Coal Company Limited tipple [3]

Map of the Area

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Other Information

From 1920 to 1955, Alexo was a coal mining town, named after the Alexo Coal Mining Company [4]. With only 30 miners and 70 employees in total, it was a small operation even at the height of production. The switch from coal to diesel in trains meant the mine became uneconomical and led to its eventual closure. A youth camp now occupies the former town site (Camp Alexo) [2, adapted].

Forests are of lodgepole pine, aspen and mixtures of the two.

Site Statistics

Site NameAlexo
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Upper Foothills/ Lower Foothills
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)584/92
PASite ID (Map Ref #)501
Site # (Parks Website)523
Total Area33.39 ha. (82.50 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
IUCNII
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Alexo

References

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  1. Information & Facilities – Alexo Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-01-21).
  2. Alexo Alberta – Wikipedia.
  3. “Alexo Coal Company Limited tipple, Alexo, Alberta.”, [ca. 1930-1931], (CU1135056) by Unknown. Courtesy of Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.  
  4. Alberta on Record: Alexo Coal Company.

Further Reading

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