[*][HT/PC-MEDIUM] Tawatinaw River (PNT) and Perryvale (CNT) Natural Areas


Perryvale NA is composed of two parcels of land, adjacent on the diagonal [contiguous at the northeast corner of the southern quarter section.] Tawatinaw River NA lies further downstream of the river and or northeast of Perryvale. Both are on the river and located east of Highway 2 and about 20 km south of the town of Athabasca.

[FP, MEDIUM AS THERE ARE TWO AND LINKS]

Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of Tawatinaw River (PNT, top) and Perryvale (CNT) Natural Areas.
Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of Tawatinaw River (PNT, top) and Perryvale (CNT) Natural Areas.

Map of the Area

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Other Information

Tawatinaw River Starts at Helliwell Lake, 68 kilometres southwest of Athabasca in Westlock County. It flows north past Rochester, Perryvale and Colinton before meeting the Athabasca River [1]. The Indigenous name Tawatinaw is First Nations and means the “river dividing the hills” or “valley river” [2].

Perryvale – population 10, based on the 2021 census, a This is a decline of 50% decline from 2016 when there was a population of 20 [3].

Lewiston was the original name for Perryvale, as it was founded by the Lewis family who moved there from Gibbons in 1905. The descendants of the Lewis family still live there and the original barn is still standing [4]. The post office in the hamlet opened in 1913 with Thomas Lewis as the first postmaster. The name was a combination of a relative of Thomas plus ‘vale’ [5].

Site Statistics

Site NameTawatinaw River (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)533
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area259.46 ha. (641.13 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCN
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Tawatinaw River (PNT) Natural Area
Site NamePerryvale (CNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeConsultative Notation (CNT)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)522
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area164.64 ha. (406.82 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCN
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Perryvale (CNT)

References

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  1. Maintaining the Tawatinaw River watershed – TownAndCountryToday.com
  2. Peel 5240, p. 124 (ualberta.ca)
  3. Athabasca Landing Trail – Alberta Trail Net – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  4. Perryvale – Wikipedia
  5. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006.

[We should get in touch with this Tawatinaw River watershed group – maybe they will write an article for the newsletter. I met someone from Perryvale last summer and she invited me up to look at her greenhouse operation. Kilini Creek, Perryvale and Nestow all have peatland communities as I recall – I’d like to do a floristic comparison of them. ]

Editing, Review and Silence Procedure

  1. FRANK: Publish page
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  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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