[MEDIUM] Ribstone Creek Heritage Rangeland Natural Area

An active grazing lease covers this large NA located about 40 km southeast of Wainwright.


Ribstone Creek Heritage Rangeland Natural Area Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Ribstone Creek Heritage Rangeland Natural Area Site Map (Government of Alberta)

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

Ribstone Creek Heritage Rangeland Natural Area (83.27 km2), 25 km east of Wainwright, is a diverse complex of sand plains, active dunes, calcareous fens and riparian wetlands. The area preserves habitat for numerous breeding birds, including sharp-tailed grouse dancing grounds.

Some parts of this natural area are under grazing lease and have hunting and access restrictions. Check Recreation on Agricultural Public Land. Visitors must leave all gates as found. Do not harass cattle. Slow down/drive with caution when livestock are near (or crossing) roads.

County and Private Land makes up the parcels within the site that are not part of the NA. The Hutterian Brethren of Ribstone colony is to the south of the NA [1].

Ribstone Creek is named for a large stone that was carved by First Nations to bear a resemblance to a person’s rib cage; it is a rough translation from the original Cree name. This name was noted on an 1887 Geological Survey of Canada map [2].

1959 Historical Cairn was erected by the Alberta Government which bears the following inscription [3]:

‘Ribstones’ or ‘stone gods’ have been found in several places in central and southern Alberta. These objects, of sacred significance to many Indians (sic First Nations), are stones carved to represent the ribs of the buffalo, in solemn recognition of how important the buffalo was to the Indian (sic Aboriginal) way of life. Gifts of beads, tabacco or meat were offered occasionally to these rock hewn gods which often were located atop of imposing hill. These petroglyphs are a reminder today of other forms as well such as stone piles, mosaics, tee pee rings and medicine wheels.

Site Statistics

Site NameRibstone Creek Heritage Rangeland
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Central Parkland
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)210/00
PASite ID (Map Ref #)588
Site # (Parks Website)461
Total Area8327.22 ha. (20576.79 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Ribstone Creek Heritage Rangeland 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 – Ribstone Creek Heritage Rangeland Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2023-01-14).

  1. Ownership Map | Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61 (mdwainwright.ca)
  2. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006; p. 274.
  3. Alberta Register of Historic Places

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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