Riverlot 56 Natural Area

Riverlot 56 Natural Area provides a natural refuge adjacent to the City of St. Albert in Sturgeon County, and is a well-loved destination for local residents. It allows for nature-based recreation in the form of hiking and bird- and plant-watching in all seasons, and cross-country skiing in the winter.

2017-01-07 River Lot 56 Winter Trail (FPotter)
2017-01-07 Riverlot 56 Winter Trail (FPotter)

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

HISTORY [1, 4, adapted]: Riverlot 56 is one of the original parcels of land subdivided during settlement of the region in the 1900s. It went unsold from the 1800s until purchased by the Dominion government to build a residential school on.

In 1965, the unused portion of the lot was transferred to the provincial government. At that time, the intention was to build Alberta’s third university. A change in government saw the university moved up Highway 2 to Athabasca and the lot remained vacant.

Since 1973, local groups have maintained the area for outdoor education and nature-based recreation.

ENVIRONMENT [2]: The site lies in the Central Parkland Subregion and contains upland aspen forests, streambed and ravine communities and open meadows, which provide habitat for wildlife including White-tailed Deer, Moose, Coyote, Snowshoe Hare, Muskrat and Beaver. Under a municipal bylaw, hunting is prohibited in this natural area.

RECREATION [3, adapted]: Recreational ctivities include:

  • Cross-Country Skiing: There are approximately 8 km of groomed cross-country ski trails in the Riverlot 56 Natural Area.
  • Snowshoeing: (Be careful to avoid the set-tracks in the above ski trails.)
  • Hiking: There’s a self-guided interpretive walking trail.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Species include White-tailed Deer, Moose, Coyote, Snowshoe Hare, Muskrat and Beaver.
  • Geocaching Site


Site NameRiverlot 56
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Central Parkland
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)221/87
PASite ID (Map Ref #)453
Site # (Parks Website)416
Total Area109.27 ha. (270.01 ac.)
Steward-Status4. Unknown
Recreation ActivitiesHiking – front country, Wildlife viewing
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Riverlot 56

References, Further Reading and Links

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.

  1. Government of Alberta – Riverlot 56 Natural Area (accessed 2022-01-08).
  2. Alberta Parks website, 2012.
  3. Riverlot 56, City of St. Albert (accessed 2022-01-08).

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