Matthews Crossing Natural Area

Matthews Crossing Natural Area lies approximately 18 km northwest of the western tip of Lake Wabamun (12 km north-northwest of the hamlet of Gainford) in the Boreal Forest Natural Region, Dry Mixedwood Subregion. It is named for a nearby ford and later the ferry operating downstream from the NA.

Matthews Crossing Natural Area Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Matthews Crossing Natural Area Site Map (Government of Alberta)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

Matthews Crossing Natural Area contains rolling terrain and a portion of the steep banks of the Pembina River, with wetlands in depressions, aspen forest on the uplands and mixed aspen-balsam poplar on the river bank and near wetlands (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

NAME ORIGIN. This river crossing was used by Indigenous people and packers before it was named. A pack trail, known as Jock’s Trail, left the west end of Isle Lake and crossed the Pembina at this location. A post office was established on the east side of the river in 1913 and operated until 1923. It was named for M. H. Matthews, the first postmaster. In about 1920, a ferry was installed at Matthews Crossing and a succession of returned WWI veterans served as ferrymen. Eventually the ferry was moved down-river to Sangudo [1].

Site Statistics

Site NameMatthews Crossing
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)454/71
PASite ID (Map Ref #)136
Site # (Parks Website)547
Total Area310.68 ha. (767.68 ac.)
Recreation Activitieshiking – front country, hunting
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Matthews Crossing


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: Government of Alberta – Information & Facilities – Matthews Crossing Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-02-18).

  1. Matthews Crossing, Alberta – Wikipedia

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