Highwood River Natural Area

Three small, separate areas make up this NA where the Highwood River joins the Bow, southeast of Calgary.

Highwood River Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Highwood River Site Map (Government of Alberta)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

Highwood River Natural Area (9.79 ha) includes islands in the Bow and Highwood Rivers frequented by Canada Geese and Great Blue Herons.

Ispasquehow, Tall Timber, or Highwood are names the smaller of these two rivers have been known by. The first is its original Stony name noted in 1792 by explorer Peter Fidler. This river flows at the same elevation as the surrounding prairie and the trees grow exceptionally tall on its banks [1].

Site Statistics

Site NameHighwood River
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Foothills Fescue
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)454/71
PASite ID (Map Ref #)350
Site # (Parks Website)512
Total Area9.79 ha. (24.19 ac.)
Recreation Activitiescanoeing/kayaking; fishing
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Highwood River


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

  1. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006, p. 149.

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