Edgar T. Jones Natural Area

The Edgar T. Jones Natural Area lies in the Boreal Forest Natural Region, Dry Mixedwood Subregion of Alberta and preserves undisturbed upland habitat on the shores of Hastings Lake, providing good habitat for waterfowl.

2022-01-15 Descending out of Edgar T. Jones NA towards Hastings Lake (FPotter)
2022-01-15 Descending out of Edgar T. Jones NA towards Hastings Lake (FPotter)

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 NA was established as part of the Special Places program (Alberta Parks website, 2012.). The land for this natural area was donated to the Province by the Jones family.

WHO WAS EDGAR T. JONES? Born November 22, 1922, died September 28, 2011 (aged 88), Eddie Jones led an adventurous life beginning when he joined the Air Force during World War II and piloted a Lancaster Bomber on 29 missions. His love of flying continued after the War, when he started Fort McMurray Airways and became a bush pilot.

Eddie was also a keen naturalist and photographer and he went on to produce nature films and lecture at hundreds of schools, towns, and cities throughout the Province. He also participated in the Audubon Screen Tours and personally narrated his movies in over 250 cities in Canada and the United States. He hosted Alberta Outdoors, a popular weekly television program on CFRN. His nature photographs were marketed through agents in New York and London, and they were published in books and magazines in many countries.

He was instrumental in gaining protection status for Wagner Natural Area in the 1970s through his organization, the Alberta Wildlife Foundation. Jones’ Pond, a beautiful, large marl pond in Wagner Natural Area, is named after him. The property at Hastings Lake that he donated to the province became the Edgar T. Jones Natural Area under the Special Places 2000 program. Eddie received two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Order of Canada, the Order of the Big Horn, an Emerald Award, and Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence Award, as well as an honorary degree from the University of Alberta [1, adapted from p. 5].

Site Statistics

Site NameEdgar T. Jones
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)519/95
PASite ID (Map Ref #)535
Site # (Parks Website)440
Total Area92.27 ha. (227.99 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Edgar T. Jones


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 – Information & Facilities – Edgar T. Jones Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-01-10).

  1. The Parkland Naturalist, January-March 2012.

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