Garner Orchid Fen Natural Area

This Natural Area is distinct from 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 rarer orchid species in Alberta.

Garner Orchid Fen Natural Area site map (Government of Alberta)
Garner Orchid Fen Natural Area site map (Government of Alberta)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

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, drooping woodreed, reedgrasses, sedges, feathermosses and Sphagnum species. Eleven orchid species have been recorded for the area, including the white adder’s-mouth (Malaxis monophyllos). Garner Orchid Fen Natural Area lies in the Dry Mixedwood Subregion of the Boreal Forest Natural Region, 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 expressed concern that residential development could divert, deplete or pollute the shallow groundwater supplying the fen. Unchecked OHV access from nearby residents and visitors could destroy the sensitive wetlands. It is unclear if the re-zoning occurred or was deferred [1].

Site Statistics

Site NameGarner Orchid Fen
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)345/04
PASite ID (Map Ref #)561
Site # (Parks Website)486
Total Area166.27 ha. (410.85 ac.)
Recreation Activitieshiking – front country; botanizing
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Garner Orchid Fen


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).

  1. AWA Wilderness & Wildlife Defenders: Protect Garner Orchid Fen Natural Area in Northeast Alberta, May 2, 2014.

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