[SIMPLE] Otauwau – Saulteaux Natural Areas

One of three NA (Hondo, and Saulteaux being the others) used for research and study by the University of Alberta. They are all north of the town of Athabasca.


Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of Otauwau, Saulteaux, and Hondo (top to bottom) Natural Areas.
Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of Otauwau, Saulteaux, and Hondo (top to bottom) Natural Areas.

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

Hondo, Otauwau, and Saulteaux are in close proximity to each other, separated by about 5-10 km. The University uses these sites as they represent a diversity of forest communities within easy access of Highway 2. The terrain is undulating to gently undulating with depressional areas. Vegetation includes lowland black spruce fens and upland mature white spruce forests. The area provides excellent habitat for wildlife.

Otauwau is likely Cree in origin but its original meaning has been lost. From 1879 to 1904, it was known by a variety of names until its official adoption as Otauwau. 240

Site Statistics

Site NameOtauwau
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)786/87
PASite ID (Map Ref #)478
Site # (Parks Website)498
Total Area248.09 ha. (613.04 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Otauwau Natural Area
Otauwau Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Otauwau Site Map (Government of Alberta)


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 are: Information & Facilities – Otauwau Natural Area | Alberta Parks. (All links accessed on 2023-01-08).

  1. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006; p. 240.

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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