[*][HT/PC-MEDIUM] Kilini Creek (PNT) Natural Area

Located about 12 km northwest of Stony Plain, this NA is named after the creek that flows through its western segment. It is a complex peatland site with a variety of vegetation communities dependent upon topography and soil type.


Kilini Creek PNT, 2022-07-04 (HTaube) - Golden Pond
Kilini Creek PNT, 2022-07-04 (HTaube) – Golden Pond
  • [FP, PATSY, DO YOU HAVE PHOTOS FROM YOUR 2017 VISIT][PC. Why not replace the above map with the aerial photo available in the PNT file?]

Map of the Area

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Other Information

The Natural Area is a predominantly peatland site containing mixed communities varying from swamp forest of spruce-tamarack-Alaskan birch to open, calcareous fens with marl ponds and marl flats to sedge meadows abutting the creek. Poplar forest occurs on the higher ground to the east. Peatmosses (Sphagnum species) and brown mosses are well represented in the fen areas to the north, as are sundews (Drosera species), sedges (Carex species) and the rare slender beakrush (Rhynchospora capillacea).

Kilini Creek is a fast-flowing stream that winds through extensive sedge meadows and drains various dams, the work of generations of beavers. The creek starts around Smithfield, angles toward Onoway (crosses at the junction of Highway 16 and Highway 43), angles northeast and ends at Devil’s Lake [1]. The Kilini Creek Valley is one of many sensitive areas being impacted by gravel mining  [1].

Precise Origin of the Name is unknown. It was recorded as “Kilikinik Creek” in the 1901 field notes of the Dominion Land Survey, and with the current spelling on the 1913 township plan. The name may be a misspelled reference to the Cree name for bearberry – kinikinik [2].

Extensive OHV Disturbance was observed on an unreported site visit in December of 2020 [4]. Damage to the site was also reported in a site visit in 2017 [3, 4]. Gravel mining may represent a threat to the hydrology of the NA.

Outstanding Group Steward Award was given to the Glory Hills Junior Forest Wardens in 2008 [5]. [HT: name group; Stoney Plain gun club, cadets organization also stewards?]

Site Statistics

Site NameKilini Creek (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)221
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area128.93 ha. (318.60 ac.)
Recreation Activities
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Kilini Creek (PNT) Natural Area


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 the Government of Alberta (All links accessed on 2022-12-21).

  1. Thomas, Mary, and Hacienda Consulting. “Nature Tour.” Town of Onoway.
  2. Kelland, Roland. “Origin of Alberta Place Names West of Edmonton and North of Hwy 16,” December 21, 2020.
  3. Unreported site visit, December 12, 2020; F. Potter.
  4. JSAPAA newsletter # 35, 2017, A Visit to Kilini Creek, pp. 3-4.
  5. SAPAA newsletter # 20, September 2008, Stewards Conference, Grande Prairie 12-14 Sept 2008., p. 2. [HT : use standard method for using links to SAPAA newsletter]
  6. https://spfgwgc.org/kilini-natural-area/

Further Reading

[Hubert. I have lost many of my photos. We should get in touch with Mike Northcott again, organize a field trip and do a proper write-up. (Manna might have some good photos.) Mike wants to do a canoe trip to prove a point about gravel mining damage – I thought of asking John Woitenko who has a canoe!]

Editing, Review and Silence Procedure

  1. FRANK: Publish page
  2. HUBERT/PATSY: Assign page for editing by update tbd in the Title (4-
  3. Review for readability and alignment to SAPAA organizational reputation.
  4. Best available image
  5. Review for accuracy including:
    1. Correct map and site statistics
    2. Area size is correct
    3. Standards (e.g. use of hyphens, spelling, etc.)
    4. References are accessible and and notes match
  6. Review for formatting, e.g.: Centered captions, No empty blocks
  7. TEAM: Last walk through
    1. Any final discussion or notes
    2. Remove [name] from title
    3. Add to log book for silence procedure
    4. Delete these notes.

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