[COMPLEX] Carseland (PNT) Natural Area

Three non-contiguous parcels of land on the Bow River and downstream of Wyndham-Carseland Provincial Park.


Comparison of Carseland (PNT) ca. 2010 to 2023, noting an apparent land swap. Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map.
Comparison of Carseland (PNT) ca. 2010 to 2023, noting an apparent land swap. Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map.

Map of the Area

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Other Information

Comparing the circa 2010 SAPAA map [1] with more recent Government of Alberta GIS information shows an apparent land swap and amalgamation of the PNT. The PNT straddles two counties, Wheatland and Vulcan. Unfortunately, it is not clear from the respective landownership maps [2, 3] if the parcels were sold or transferred out of the protected area system.

Carseland is Gaelic and means a “river valley land, implying rich soil”. Originally named Greisbach after the first postmaster, it was changed to Carseland to align with the nearby CPR station of the same name [4]. The Canadian Pacific Railway had large land holdings and organized irrigation efforts to promote a transition from open range land ranching to grain growing [5], obviously both following the original grassland state preceding European contact.

Site Statistics

Site NameCarseland (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Foothills Fescue; Mixedgrass
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)346
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area164.97 ha. (407.64 ac.)
Recreation Activities
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Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Carseland (PNT) Natural Area


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 the Government of Alberta (All links accessed on 2023-01-20).

  1. Carseland-na
  2. County Maps – Wheatland County
  3. Map Room – Vulcan County
  4. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006; p. 57.
  5. Carseland – Wikipedia

Further Reading

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    2. Area size is correct
    3. Standards (e.g. use of hyphens, spelling, etc.)
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