[COMPLEX] Bear River (Wapiti Sand Dunes) Natural Area


A single NA with two purposes, recreation and conservation. Located adjacent to and southeast of Grand Prairie.

[FP, COMPLEX DUE TO NUMEROUS REFERENCES].

Wapiti Sand Dunes, Land Use Zones, 1998; Government of Alberta, p. 15.
Wapiti Sand Dunes, Land Use Zones, 1998; Government of Alberta, p. 15.

Map of the Area

Any maps and map views are for general information only. Do not rely on them for navigation or to determine legal boundaries.

Other Information

The Bear River (PNT) NA sites have been under pressure for a number of decades. In 1998, a land use framework helped to clarify the permitted activities within the NA. This updated two previous plans but has not subsequently been updated [1]:

  • The 1978 Wapiti-Grande Prairie Sand Dunes Integrated Land Use Management Plan (Alberta Energy
  • and Natural Resources)
  •  The 1986 Bear River-Wapiti Local Integrated Resource Plan (Alberta Forestry, Lands and Wildlife)
  •  The 1998 Wapiti Sand Dunes Land Use Zones (Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development)
  •  The 2013 Wapiti Corridor Multi Use Plan (Wapiti Corridor Planning Society).

Unfortunately, the proximity to Grand Prairie has meant the area has been disturbed and a garbage clean up has become an annual event [2].

Creek or a River? In 1854, the Fort Dunvegan HBC post referred to this water course as a river. The Geological Survey of Canada called it a creek as well as local residents [3]. No matter its designation, it soon empties into the Wapiti River on that river’s way to the Peace River further north [4].

Site Statistics

Site NameBear River (PNT-Con)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)328
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area4741.47 ha. (11716.42 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCN
Operated By
Notes and CommentsFID 123, Conservation; also called (Wapiti Sand Dunes)
Statistics and Details for Bear River (PNT-Con) Natural Area
Site NameBear River (PNT-Rec)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)328
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area2472.33 ha. (6109.25 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCN
Operated By
Notes and CommentsFID 122, Recreation; also called (Wapiti Sand Dunes)
Statistics and Details for Bear River (PNT-Rec) Natural Area

References

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: Government of Alberta – [LINK] (All links accessed on 2023-01-DD).

  1. County of Grande Prairie 2015-2040, p. 3.
  2. Alberta stewardship stories : the ‘Dunes’ : taking a stand for our land – Open Government
  3. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006; p. 22.
  4. Wapiti River – Wikipedia

Further Reading

Editing, Review and Silence Procedure

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    1. Correct map and site statistics
    2. Area size is correct
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