[HT-Simple] Bigoray Natural Area

    Bigoray Natural Area is a quarter site east of, but not on, the Pembina River. The similarly named Pembina Bigoray Natura Area (PNT) is south and on the river.

    Bigoray Site Map (Government of Alberta)
    Bigoray Site Map (Government of Alberta)

      Map of the Area

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      Other Information

      The Bigoray Natural Area encompasses an area of rolling topography. A wild fire in 2012 (circa) resulted in a period when the vegetation consists mainly of second growth aspen. There are also remnant stands of mature aspen and aspen-balsam poplar (Alberta Parks web site, 2012).

      A River by Many Names. The Bigoray River flows into the Pembina River roughly due west of the site [1]. The Bigoray River received this name in 1949 and was named for William Bigoray was was killed in 1944 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

      Prior to this, the river was known as Muskeg River (likely due to the larger marshy area from which it flows). It has also been known to Europeans as Buffalo Creek and Buffalo Dung River [2, p. 30].

      Site Statistics

      Site NameBigoray
      Site TypeNatural Area
      SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
      Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood
      O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)454/71
      PASite ID (Map Ref #)141
      Site # (Parks Website)160
      Total Area64.75 ha. (160.00 ac.)
      Recreation Activitiesnone noted
      Operated ByParks Division
      Notes and Comments
      Statistics and Details for Bigoray


      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 – Bigoray Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-10-29).

      1. List of rivers of Alberta – Wikipedia (2022-10-29)
      2. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006.

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