[MEDIUM] Siffleur Wilderness Area

Established in 1961, this WA contains high mountain peaks, picturesque valleys, hanging glaciers, mountain lakes and alpine meadows. Wildlife includes bighorn sheep, mountain goats, caribou, moose, deer and black & grizzly bear.


Siffleur Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Siffleur 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

Siffleur Wilderness Area contains high mountain peaks, picturesque valleys, hanging glaciers, mountain lakes and alpine meadows. Sub-alpine forests of Engelmann spruce, fir and lodgepole pine (with some aspen and balsam poplar at lower elevations) dominate valleys. Higher slopes support hardy grasses, sedges and wildflowers. Wildlife includes bighorn sheep, mountain goats, caribou, moose, deer, black bears and grizzly bears.

Travel in Siffleur Wilderness Area is by foot only and open fires are prohibited. All litter & refuse must be packed out; human waste should be buried at least 60 metres away from any water source.

Horses and mountain bikes are not permitted. Hunting and fishing are prohibited. The most popular access into Siffleur is off Hwy. 11 at Siffleur Falls trail head, located about 65 km west of Nordegg. Most routes into the area were originally seismic lines; none of the routes are maintained.

Whistling Marmot. James Hector named the mountain, river, and indirectly this WA, in the late 1850’s after the French Canadian word for the whistling marmot. No bigger than a common badger, this small mammal inhabits crevices and possesses a shrill whistle [1].

Management. The Siffleur Wilderness Area is protected under the Wilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Natural Areas and Heritage Rangelands Act. The only other wilderness areas in the province are the White Goat Wilderness Area and the Ghost River Wilderness. This very stringent form of protection is indeed to preserve and protect natural heritage in order to provide a benchmark for pristine landscapes that have not been affected by humans. It does not permit any form of development or consumption (such as fishing or hunting) and access into Wilderness Areas is permitted by foot only [2].

Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve borders this WA and contains the iconic Siffleur Falls.

Site Statistics

Site NameSiffleur
Site TypeWA
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Alpine; Subalpine; Montane
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)NA
PASite ID (Map Ref #)1102
Site # (Parks Website)395
Total Area41214.47 ha. (101843.20 ac.)
Recreation ActivitiesCamping – Backcountry, Hiking – backcountry
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Siffleur WA


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 – Siffleur Wilderness Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2023-01-17).

  1. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006; p. 295.
  2. Siffleur Wilderness – Alberta Wilderness Association

Further Reading

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