Ponton River and Ponton River South (PNT) Natural Areas


These two PNT areas are scattered across eight sites, all north of the Peace River. The various parcels are at a distance of 5-25 km northwest of the hamlet of Fort Vermilion.

Winding Ponton River Valley. Images courtesy of Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre (M.C. Toews)
Winding Ponton River Valley. Image courtesy of Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre (M.C. Toews)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

Margaret Lake in the Caribou Mountains is the source for the Ponton River. The river meanders tightly through very remote country before uniting with the Boyer (formerly Paddle) River and joining the Peace, a few miles downstream from Fort Vermilion. Numerous oxbow lakes and slumping peatlands characterize the Ponton.

The Natural Area encompasses part of the Ponton River Valley. It provides excellent wildlife habitat with various ungulates using it as a travel corridor and calving range. The river supports several fish species, with some of the best Northern Grayling fishing. It is frequented by outdoor recreational groups for the purpose of hunting, fishing, canoeing and hiking. The remains of petrified forests have been found along parts of the Ponton and Peace Rivers. Petrified wood is Alberta’s provincial stone [1].

The Name Ponton comes from A.W. Ponton who surveyed the river in the early 20th century as part of the Dominion Land Survey [2].

Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of the Ponton River and Ponton River South (PNT) Natural Areas.
Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of the Ponton River and Ponton River South (PNT) Natural Areas.

Site Statistics

Site NamePonton River (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood; Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)521
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area1,209.49 ha. (2,988.72 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCN
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Ponton River (PNT) Natural Area
Site NamePonton River South (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)577
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area513.67 ha. (1,269.30 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCN
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Ponton River South (PNT) Natural Area

References

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 the Government of Alberta (All links accessed on 2022-12-21).

  1. Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre, Ecospaces – Ponton River Valley – A Natural Area.
  2. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006; p. 257.
Slumping in the Ponton River Valley. Images courtesy of Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre (M.C. Toews)
Slumping in the Ponton River Valley. Image courtesy of Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre (M.C. Toews)

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