Bear Lake Natural Area

Two separate areas surrounding the northern half of Bear Lake, located about 30 km northwest of Barrhead, make up this NA. The site contains undisturbed mixed forests and forested peatlands which make for good wildlife habitat.

Bear Lake Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Bear Lake Site Map (Government of Alberta)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

This site contains plant communities which provide good wildlife habitat:

  • Undisturbed mixed forests and forested peatlands;
  • Rich deciduous forests;
  • Uplands of aspen, balsam poplar and paper birch, with some white spruce;
  • Black spruce – paper birch/feathermoss forest; and
  • Black spruce-tamarack/Labrador tea/Sphagnum moss muskeg.

WHICH BEAR LAKE? There are four lakes in Alberta that “bear” this name, all based on the abundance of this animal in the respective vicinity [1, p. 22]. This Bear Lake is located southwest of Fort Assiniboine and directly south of Holmes Crossing Sandhills Ecological Reserve. The two portions of the site are separated by the lake itself and private land to the north [2].

Site Statistics

Site NameBear Lake
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)454/71
PASite ID (Map Ref #)388
Site # (Parks Website)
Total Area95.16 ha. (235.14 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Bear Lake


The following links are provided as a courtesy but are not verified or endorsed by SAPAA. Clicking on the link will cause you to leave the SAPAA website. Primary source of information is: Information & Facilities – Bear Lake Natural Area | Alberta Parks. All websites accessed 2022-10-29.

  1. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006.
  2. County of Barrhead – Landownership Map.

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