[SIMPLE] Wildcat Island Natural Area

This natural area is an island in the Bow River 6 km downstream of Ghost Dam and 30 km west of Calgary.


Wildcat Island Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Wildcat Island 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

The island is sheltered with a canopy of white spruce. A layer of scattered shrubs makes walking around the island relatively easy. Most of the ground on the island is covered with a thick layer of moss and creeping juniper. Aspen and balsam poplar are scattered throughout the island and concentrated in a stand on the southeast corner.

This area provides habitat for a variety of birds. The cliff swallow, which feeds on mayflies that hover over the river, is the most populous species. Canada geese nest on the island. The presence of many fish-eating birds such as common mergansers, belted kingfishers and osprey attest to the abundance of fish in the Bow River. Ruby-crowned kinglets, eastern kingbirds, slate-coloured juncos and olive-sided flycatchers populate the island.

Site Statistics

Site NameWildcat Island
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Foothills Parkland
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)378/87
PASite ID (Map Ref #)496
Site # (Parks Website)522
Total Area7.76 ha. (19.18 ac.)
Recreation ActivitiesBirding, Canoeing/kayaking
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Wildcat Island 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: Information & Facilities – Wildcat Island Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2023-01-15).

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