Whitecourt Mountain Natural Area


This relatively large NA (570 ha) is located approximately 10 km southwest of the town of Whitecourt and provides good habitat for wildlife.

Whitecourt Mountain Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Whitecourt Mountain Site Map (Government of Alberta)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

Whitecourt Mountain Natural Area (570 ha) encompasses sections of a plateau and steep slopes on Whitecourt Mountain, with stony terraces, slumps, seepage areas and scenic vistas. It includes the regional topographic high point (1200 m) and the headwaters of several small tributaries to McLeod River.

Vegetation is dominated by white birch stands on the plateau and upper slopes, grading to aspen lower down. There are also a few balsam poplar stands with some small stands of white spruce-pine on slopes with some balsam fir, small scattered shrublands and grassy openings. Most woodlands have an understorey of bluejoint, oak fern and forbs. This area is a regional extension of the boreal cordilleran zone, with associated species such as red elderberry, devil’s club, western mountain ash and western meadow rue. It provides good wildlife habitat, especially for ungulates (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

Sagitawah – “The place where the rivers meet” was the original name given to the region by Woodland Cree Nation. The Whitecourt region is nestled in a valley at the confluence of four waterways: Athabasca, McLeod, and Sakwatemau (Eagle) Rivers plus Beaver Creek, flowing down from the springs of House Mountain in the south.

The name Whitecourt was selected despite settlers in the area preferring the names “Sagitawah” or “McLeod Flats”. According to one account, the postmaster in nearby Green Court registered the name as Whitecourt after Walter White, who carried the mail across the trail from Green Court. Thus, Whitecourt became the official postal address and the name of the hamlet [1].

Site Statistics

Site NameWhitecourt Mountain
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Lower Foothills
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)519/95
PASite ID (Map Ref #)528
Site # (Parks Website)571
Total Area570.37 ha. (1409.40 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
IUCNII
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Whitecourt Mountain

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: Government of Alberta – Information & Facilities – Whitecourt Mountain Natural Area | Alberta Parks

  1. Town of Whitecourt – History & Heritage (accessed 2022-04-23).

Further Reading

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