Bearberry Prairie Natural Area


Bearberry Prairie NA is a combination of one OC and four PNT sites, all on the Red Deer River. The OC portion is adjacent to Sundre NA is which lies to the east.

Looking downstream, Bearberry Prairie NA, 2003-09-21 (T.Blake)
Looking downstream, Bearberry Prairie NA, 2003-09-21 (T.Blake)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

Composed of five individual sites, four designated as PNTs and one as OC, this Natural Area is located along on the Red Deer River. Approximately 12 km separate the southernmost (downstream) PNT site from the northernmost OC portion. The Bearberry OC portion is contiguous with the Sundre Natural Area.

Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of the Five Bearberry Prairie (OC & PNT) sites.
Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of the Five Bearberry Prairie (OC & PNT) sites.

The NA site encompasses a braided river floodplain, including the river embankment and several islands in the Red Deer River. The diverse riverine communities are bordered by aspen-white spruce forest on the slopes, balsam poplar/wolf willow on the terraces and bedrock exposures (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

Bearberry or kinnickinnick is a dwarf subshrub in the heath family that is adapted to cold climates including the Arctic and Subarctic. The edible red fruit is favoured by bears, hence its name [1].

Site Statistics

Site NameBearberry Prairie
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)454/71
PASite ID (Map Ref #)248
Site # (Parks Website)509
Total Area36.69 ha. (90.66 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activitiescanoeing/kayaking; fishing, hunting
IUCNII
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Bearberry Prairie
Site NameBearberry Prairie (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)248
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area41.54 ha. (102.64 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCNIV*6
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Bearberry Prairie (PNT)
Bearberry Prairie Site Map (Government of Alberta)

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: Information & Facilities – Bearberry Creek Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2022-12-01)

  1. Wikipedia, Bearberry

Further Reading

  • North boundary fence, Bearberry Prairie NA, 2003-09-21 (T.Blake)
  • Swale, Bearberry Prairie NA, 2003-09-21 (T.Blake)
  • Tall northern green bog orchid, Bearberry Prairie NA, 2003-09-21 (T.Blake)
  • Looking upstream, Bearberry Prairie NA, 2003-09-21 (T.Blake)
  • Western or Boreal Toad, Bearberry Prairie NA, 2003-09-21 (T.Blake)
  • Sparrow’s-egg lady's-slipper, Bearberry Prairie NA, 2003-09-21 (T.Blake)
  • Sticky false asphodel, Bearberry Prairie NA, 2003-09-21 (T.Blake)
  • Sticky false asphodel, Bearberry Prairie NA, 2003-09-21 (T.Blake)
  • Common self-heal, Bearberry Prairie NA, 2003-09-21 (T.Blake)

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