Ukalta Dunes (PNT) Natural Area

This PNT Natural Area is located about 15 km south of the town of Smoky Lake just south of, but not on, the North Saskatchewan River.

Mature Pines Ukalta (PNT) Natural Area -2017 (L. Kershaw)
Mature Pines Ukalta (PNT) Natural Area -2017 (L. Kershaw)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

A Natural Corridor. Since it is close to the North Saskatchewan River, this PNT is part of a natural connection between the west and east regions of Alberta. Of note is a 2013 Cougar observation in the PNT. The area is characterized by the presence of aspen -dominated forests with white spruce and jack pine stands, and is part of a mosaic of forest patches interspersed with agricultural fields [1].

Crown Leases are found to the west and south of the PNT [2]. A site visit in 2017 showed intrusive activity from the east (see photo gallery below).

Ukalta is a locality in Lamont County and is possibly a combination of “Ukrayina” and “Alberta” [3].

Site Statistics

Site NameUkalta Dunes (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)469
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area64.12 ha. (158.45 ac.)
Recreation Activities
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Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Ukalta Dunes (PNT) 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 the Government of Alberta (All links accessed on 2022-12-31).

  1. Proulx, Gilbert & Dickson, H. (2013). Photographic Record of Cougar (Puma concolor) in Ukalta Dunes Natural Area, East-central Alberta, Canada , Alpha Wildlife Publications, Canadian Wildlife Biology & Management Journal 2, 80-82.
  2. Lamont County, 2022 Landownership Map.
  3. Wikipedia, List of Canadian Place Names of Ukrainian Origin.
  4. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006, p. 332.
  • Entrance Ukalta (PNT) Natural Area -2017 Alberta Special Places (L. Kershaw)
  • Mature Mixed Forest Ukalta (PNT) Natural Area -2017 (L. Kershaw)
  • Overgrown Trail - Ukalta (PNT) Natural Area -2017 (L. Kershaw)
  • Entrance NE corner Ukalta (PNT) Natural Area -2017 (L. Kershaw)
  • Meadow Blazingstar with Painted Lady Butterfly Ukalta (PNT) Natural Area -2017 (L. Kershaw)

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