[HT/PC-MEDIUM] White Earth Valley and Long Lake Natural Areas


A complex of crown land in and around Long Lake about 100km northeast of Edmonton. There are four distinct legal entities (one provincial park, one OC, and two PNTs) in six parcels of land.

Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of the White Earth Valley and Long Lake Natural Areas.
Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of the White Earth Valley and Long Lake Natural Areas.

Map of the Area

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Other Information

White Earth Valley Natural Area contains a variety of habitats. Marshes provide habitat for blue herons, loons and a variety of ducks, as well as moose, beaver, muskrat and mink. Perch and northern pike inhabit the lakes. White-tailed and mule deer graze. Black bears feed on cranberries, raspberries, saskatoons and blueberries on the hillsides. Wolves and coyotes travel narrow game trails, and in summer, hillsides & meadows are covered with wildflowers, including the western wood lily. (Alberta Parks web site, 2012).

Acknowledged Area Activities

  • Hiking: The White Earth Trail is 17 km long.  The path winds through a wide variety of rich habitats, where an abundance of diverse plants and wildlife thrive.  It’s accessible from adjacent Long Lake Provincial Park during operating season (May to October), with parking at the trailhead.  The trail can also be accessed year-round from Township Road 621 at the southern end of the Natural Area.
  • Horseback Riding: There are multi-use trails here but no equestrian facilities.
  • Hunting: This is a small area. Hunters should be aware of the potential for conflicts with other recreational users.

Long List of Long Lakes. In Alberta, there are nine lakes and one hamlet officially named ‘Long Lake’. There are another twenty-three lakes locally labeled as Long Lake. This is one of the more popular names in Alberta geographic naming [1].

Site Statistics

Site NameWhite Earth Valley
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)327/90
PASite ID (Map Ref #)502
Site # (Parks Website)491
Total Area2022.72 ha. (4998.20 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation ActivitiesCanoeing/kayaking, Hiking – front country, Horseback riding
IUCNII
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for White Earth Valley
Site NameWhite Earth Valley (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)502
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area111.48 ha. (275.47 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCNIV*6
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for White Earth Valley (PNT)
White Earth Valley Site Map (Government of Alberta)
White Earth Valley Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Site NameLong Lake (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)
PASite ID (Map Ref #)
Site # (Parks Website)
Total Area320.09 ha. (790.97 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCN
Operated By
Notes and Comments2022-12-06, FP: Not in original list, added
Statistics and Details for Long Lake (PNT)

References

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 – White Earth Valley Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2022-12-06).

  1. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006; p. 193.

Further Reading

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