[SIMPLE] O’Chiese Natural Area

Located about 50 km north of Rocky Mountain House, to the east are the O’Chiese (203) and Sunchild (202) First Nations.


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 Reservation 203 is located east 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 in the eastern slopes and foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It was not until 1950 that a group of about fifteen 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 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)584/92
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 Maps
  2. Our History – O’Chiese First Nation (ochiese.ca)

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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