Located west of Wood Buffalo National Park, this site is an ecologically rich landscape that is home to free-roaming Bison and Woodland Caribou.
Map of the Area
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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 .
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 .
|Site Name||Harper Creek (OC)|
|Site Type||Natural Area|
|Natural Region(s)||Central Mixedwood|
|O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)||519/95|
|PASite ID (Map Ref #)||403|
|Site # (Parks Website)||495|
|Total Area||2620.00 ha. (6474.02 ac.)|
|Recreation Activities||none noted|
|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: Information & Facilities – Harper Creek Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2022-12-03).
- Alberta Wilderness Association, Harper Area of Concern
- Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006, p. 144.