Douglas Fir Natural Area

Located on the eastern shore of Abraham Lake, the site includes stands of Douglas fir which are native to, but relatively uncommon in, Alberta.

Douglas Fir Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Douglas Fir Site Map (Government of Alberta)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

The Douglas Fir NA, located west of Rocky Mountain House, includes stands of Douglas fir on the east shore of Abraham Lake. It has highly diverse plant communities, with abundant Douglas fir in pure and mixed stands, and provides good ungulate habitat. It is accessible by foot and canoe only. The natural area was established or expanded as part of the Special Places Program (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

NOT FIR-REAL! The Douglas fir is not a true fir, hence its Latin name Pseudotsuga menzesii (pseudo meaning “not real,” tsuga meaning “hemlock”). It is primarily found in British Columbia and along the west coast. Douglas-fir forest extends into Alberta in only a few places [1].

Site Statistics

Site NameDouglas Fir
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Montane
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)416/98
PASite ID (Map Ref #)582
Site # (Parks Website)
Total Area320.25 ha. (791.35 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Douglas Fir


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 – Douglas Fir Natural Area | Alberta Parks. All websites accessed 2022-11-12.

  1. NCC: Douglas-fir forest (

Further Reading

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