This NA is not to be confused with Garner Lake Provincial Park, which is about 100 km south of this site. The fen provides habitat for 11 orchid species, including white adder’s-mouth, which is one of the more rare orchid species in Alberta.
Map of the Area
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This site protects the west shore of Garner Lake, portions of the tributary creek, the fen, and adjacent upland areas and it also contains iron mineral springs. Typical plant species include black spruce, trembling aspen, various willow species, prickly rose, cattails, bulrushes, nodding wood-reed, reed grasses, sedges, and feathermosses and Sphagnum species. Eleven orchid species have been recorded for the area, including white adder’s-mouth, which is one of the rarer orchid species in Alberta. Garner Orchid Fen Natural Area lies in the Boreal Forest Natural Region, Dry Mixedwood Subregion, some 27 km northwest of Lac La Biche (Alberta Parks website, 2012).
DEVELOPMENT NEARBY. In 2014, residential development was proposed involving the re-zoning of 36 ha of land east of the Garner Orchid Fen. The Alberta Wilderness Association raised the concern that residential development could divert, deplete or pollute the shallow groundwater supplying the fen. Unchecked off-road vehicle access from nearby residents and visitors could destroy the sensitive wetlands. It is unclear if the re-zoning occurred or was deferred .
|Site Name||Garner Orchid Fen|
|Site Type||Natural Area|
|Natural Region(s)||Dry Mixedwood|
|O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)||345/04|
|PASite ID (Map Ref #)||561|
|Site # (Parks Website)||486|
|Total Area||166.27 ha. (410.85 ac.)|
|Recreation Activities||hiking – front country; botanizing|
|Operated By||Parks Division|
|Notes and Comments|
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 – Garner Orchid Fen Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-02-17).