O’Chiese Natural Area

This Natural Area is located about 50 km north of Rocky Mountain House, west of O’Chiese (203) and Sunchild (202) First Nations Reserves.

O'Chiese Site Map (Government of Alberta)
O’Chiese Site Map (Government of Alberta)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

O’Chiese Natural Area has extensive paper birch stands with large, mature trees, and also extensive mixedwood stands, black spruce peatland, willow-birch shrubland and sedge meadows.

O’Chiese First Nation Reserve 203 is located east of but not adjacent to the NA with a parcel of Crown Land separating the two [1]. The O’Chiese people are of Saulteaux and Cree ancestry. Likely originally from the North Shore of Lake Superior in Ontario, in the early 1800s, the Saulteaux moved west to trap beaver for the North West Company. Some of these people ended up settling in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, but another group stayed on the Eastern Slopes and foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It was not until 1950 that a group of about 15 families from the O’Chiese First Nation Band decided to sign an amendment to Treaty 6 and live on the reserve near Rocky Mountain House. They were one of the last people to sign the treaty [2].

Site Statistics

Site NameO’Chiese
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Lower Foothills
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)416/98
PASite ID (Map Ref #)468
Site # (Parks Website)555
Total Area375.35 ha. (927.50 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for O’Chiese 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 – O’Chiese Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2023-01-11).

  1. Clearwater County, Land Ownership Map North
  2. O’Chiese First Nation, Our History

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