Harper Creek Natural Area

Located west of Wood Buffalo National Park, this site is an ecologically rich landscape that is home to free-roaming Bison and Woodland Caribou.

Harper Creek region Courtesy of the Alberta Wilderness Association

Map of the Area

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Other Information

This Natural Area protects a fascinating landscape of limestone caves (one cave has been measured at 300 m in length), sulphur springs and pools, oxbow lakes, and rapids along Harper Creek. The site contains mixedwood forests of predominantly aspen with some white spruce stands and shrubby meadows.

Resource extraction, logging and agricultural developments continue to infringe on this sensitive landscape, ultimately changing its ecological integrity and functioning [1].

Where’s the Stinkin’ Creek? The current name refers to an assistant on an original surveying party, Clarence Harper. It was originally called ‘Stinking Creek’ due to the presence of sulphureous gases emanating from the water [2].

Site Statistics

Site NameHarper Creek (OC)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)519/95
PASite ID (Map Ref #)403
Site # (Parks Website)495
Total Area2620.00 ha. (6474.02 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Harper Creek (OC)


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 – Harper Creek Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2022-12-03).

  1. Alberta Wilderness Association, Harper Area of Concern
  2. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006, p. 144.

Further Reading

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