Saulteaux Natural Area

This is one of three Natural Areas (Hondo and Otauwau being the others) located close to each other (within 15 km) in the Lesser Slave River watershed, about 80 km northwest of the town of Athabasca. They are all used for research and study by the University of Alberta.

Map of the Area

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, Saulteaux and Otauwau NAs are in close proximity to each other, separated by about 5-10 km. The University of Alberta 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.

Saulteaux are members of the Ojibwa nation who are typically associated with the Great Lakes in Ontario. They may have travelled west in search of better hunting and fur trade opportunities. The name for the Saulteaux River was approved in 1906 [1].

Site NameSaulteaux
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)416/98
PASite ID (Map Ref #)477
Site # (Parks Website)503
Total Area244.87 ha. (605.07 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Saulteaux Natural Area
Saulteaux Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Saulteaux 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 is Information & Facilities – Saulteaux 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. 298.

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