[MEDIUM] Marshybank Ecological Reserve

Composed of two sites, this ER is both isolated from Brazeau Canyon WPP and an enclave of the WPP. It is about 55 km north of Nordegg.


Marshybank ER Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Marshybank ER Site Map (Government of Alberta)

Map of the Area

Any maps and map views are for general information only. Do not rely on them for navigation or to determine legal boundaries.

Other Information

Marshybank ER is adjacent to and partly within Brazeau Canyon Wildland Park. This reserve contains 12 different plant communities, ranging from lodgepole pine forests to subalpine meadows. Mature lodgepole pine and Engelmann/white spruce forests cover much of the area. Black spruce, willow/dwarf birch and meadow plant communities occur in depressions and valley bottoms. Black spruce and tamarack bogs are fairly common. Sedge grass and willow/dwarf birch meadows occur to a limited extent.

Travel within the reserve is restricted to foot only; no motorized vehicles permitted; there are no public roads in the area; the Brazeau River and the cut-lines that cross the reserve provide the only access.

Intervening Crown Land. A small strip of land separates the eastern portion of the ER from the WPP to the west. From the county landownership map, it appears that this is undesignated Crown Land [1].

Brazeau Neighbour. The Brazeau Canyon Wildland Park a portion of the Brazeau River valley where it leaves Jasper National Park. Uplands north of the deeply incised valley include small kames, eskers and lakes. South of the river, mineral and organic wetlands with tufa deposits and marl pools are preserved. The park has a high diversity of plant communities and rare plants have been noted in the area [2].

Glaciers, Corridors and Licks. A variety of significant and interesting features are found within the WPP. Glacial meltwater channels occur along the southeastern edge of the park. These channels probably formed along the margin of a valley glacier as it retreated at the end of the last glacial period. These narrow twisting channels are important wildlife travel corridors. Springs, which occur in a number of places, are sources of sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium and other trace elements. These springs are used as mineral licks by elk, deer and moose. They also provide excellent mineral conditions for a variety of plants [3].

Site Statistics

Site NameMarshybank
Site TypeEcological Reserve
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Subalpine
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)436/87
PASite ID (Map Ref #)437
Site # (Parks Website)406
Total Area829.61 ha. (2050.00 ac.)
Recreation ActivitiesHiking – backcountry
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Marshybank Ecological Reserve


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 – Marshybank Ecological Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2023-02-11).

  1. County Maps – Yellowhead County (yhcounty.ca)
  2. Information & Facilities – Brazeau Canyon Wildland Provincial Park | Alberta Parks.
  3. Brazeau Canyon WPP fact sheet

Further Reading

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