[HT/PC-COMPLEX] Kleskun Hill and Kleskun Creek (PNT) Natural Areas

Kleskun Hill NA is an unique badland geological formation in Northern Alberta. The site is sacred to the local First Nations.

Kleskun Hill Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Kleskun Hill Site Map (Government of Alberta)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

The Kleskun Hills rise 100 metres above the plains surrounding Grande Prairie and contain the most extensive and diverse areas of native upland prairie vegetation remaining in the Peace region. The layers of clay, sandstone and coal exposed here, in Alberta’s northernmost badlands, date back to the age of the dinosaurs.

The site has a mixture of grassland and parkland plants and animals including western meadowlarks, upland sandpipers, vesper sparrows, prickly pear cactus and a diversity of wildflowers. The area is covered mainly by dry grassland and contains plant species that are either rare or at the northern limit of their range (e.g. prickly pear cactus). (Alberta Parks web site, 2012).

Kleskun Creek (PNT) is about 20 km northeast of Kleskun Hill NA. The creek flows into the nearby Smoky River.

The name Kleskun, likely Beaver in origin, means “white mud”, referring to the bentonite clay found at the site. By the time George Dawson from the Geological Survey of Canada passed through the area in the 1870s, Kleskun Hill had long been an aboriginal campsite supported by the abundance of saskatoons and the buffalo which grazed on the nearby prairie. It is a s ite of one of the stands during a g reat running
battle between the Beaver and Sekanni tribes. The grave at the north end of the hills is said to contain remains of Beaver warriors who died in that stand (Dorthea Calverley collection) [1].

Kleskun Wildlife is a mixture of grassland and forest species making the region unique. At least 50 different birds can be found in the Kleskun Hills. The most common large mammals in the Kleskun area are mule deer. Herds are most visible during the winter when they move out into the open to browse on juniper exposed by blowing snow. Moose can also be spotted moving through the area and coyotes and snowshoe hares are regular visitors. Of the 31 species of butterfly found at Kleskun, four have populations that are known only from the native grasslands of the Peace region [2].

Kleskun Hill Campground is operated by the County of Grande Prairie.

Site Statistics

Site NameKleskun Hill
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Peace River Parkland
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)597/87
PASite ID (Map Ref #)7
Site # (Parks Website)497
Total Area64.76 ha. (160.02 ac.)
Recreation Activitiescamping, hiking – front country, wildlife viewing
Operated ByGrande Prairie Co. (campgrnd)/ Parks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Kleskun Hill 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: Information & Facilities – Kleskun Hill Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2022-12-11).

  1. Kleskun Hill Natural Area, Management Plan ; Government of Alberta, June 7, 2001; p. 2.
  2. Kleskun Hill copy.qxd (squarespace.com) local SAPAA copy: KleskunHill-DiscoveryGuide-PeaceParkNaturalists.

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