Rocky Rapids Natural Area

Located about 1 km west of the Drayton Valley airport, this site appears to be increasingly surrounded by suburban and acreage development. An unnamed creek passes through the Natural Area in the southwest corner.

Rocky Rapids Natural Area Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Rocky Rapids Natural Area Site Map (Government of Alberta)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

Rocky Rapids Natural Area has moderately undulating terrain covered mainly with mixedwood forest of aspen, white spruce, scattered paper birch, lodgepole pine and balsam poplar. There are also areas of willow shrubland and wet meadow.

Nearby Rapids in the North Saskatchewan inspired the name of the locality chosen by the first postmaster in 1909 [1]. The distance to the North Saskatchewan River where the extensive Blue Rapids Provincial Recreation Area is located is about 5 km. A pedestrian pathway links the hamlet of Rocky Rapids with nearby Drayton Valley [2].

Site Statistics

Site NameRocky Rapids
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood; Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual) 784/77
PASite ID (Map Ref #)494
Site # (Parks Website)564
Total Area65.06 ha. (160.76 ac.)
Recreation ActivitiesHiking – front country, Horseback riding, Mountain biking/cycling
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Rocky Rapids 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 – Rocky Rapids Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2023-01-13).

  1. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 200, p. 278.
  2. Wikipedia, Rocky Rapids.

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