Genesee Natural Area


This site is located west of the Genesee Power Station and abuts on a stretch of the eastern shore of the North Saskatchewan River. It supports an active wildlife population based on 2021 webcam footage taken by a volunteer.

Genesee Site Map (Government of Alberta)

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

Genesee Natural Area (1.79 km2) protects a site along the North Saskatchewan River that contains some of the world’s best-preserved Late Upper Cretaceous plant fossils. It is a moderately rolling upland incised by two creeks. The vegetation is aspen-dominated forest with white spruce, balsam poplar and paper birch over a dense understory. This is a key wildlife area for White-tailed Deer, Mule Deer and Moose. (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

Moose-vie Stars? Naturalist and photographer Gerald Romanchuk set up five trail cams in the NA in 2021 and captured images of diverse wildlife species, big and small. These included moose taking a keen interest in the camera (and fogging up the lens briefly with their heavy breathing while sniffing the device). See Gerald Romanchuk (vimeo.com) [1].

OHV Trail Building Attempt was evident in 2016 when the site was visited and reported upon [2].

Genesee is the name of the unincorporated town and power generation plant due east of the site [3]. The name is believed to originate from a settler, who came from Genesee, New York, USA [4].

Site Statistics

Site NameGenesee
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)519/95
PASite ID (Map Ref #)224
Site # (Parks Website)442
Total Area179.80 ha. (444.29 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
IUCNIII
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Genesee

References

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 – Genesee Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2022-12-02).

  1. Genesee Natural Area, SAPAA Newsletter No. 40 October 2021, p. 9.
  2. A Visit of Genesee NA, SAPAA Newsletter No. 35 June 2017, p. 4.
  3. Genesee, Alberta – Wikipedia.
  4. Geographic Board of Canada, Place-Names of Alberta (1928).

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