Wildhay Glacial Cascades Natural Area

Located about 35 km north of Hinton, the site is an excellent example of an upper foothills river valley shaped by glacial meltwaters.

Wildhay Glacial Cascades Natural Area; (Government of Alberta, 2001) [1]

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

This Natural Area straddles the lower valley of the Wildhay River. It preserves a rugged area of highly eroded and dissected terrain along the river valley and includes diverse upland and wetland habitats. Deciduous, mixed and coniferous forests with stands of old-growth white spruce, balsam fir and lodgepole pine occur throughout the site. Wetland features in the area include fens, marshes, meadows and beaver ponds. The area features rolling, broken terrain and steep slopes patterned by glacial deposits. The vegetation communities in the area provide habitat for several ungulate and carnivore species.

Good Winter Feed for horses is what the area was known for when the Dominion Land Survey named the Wildhay River [2]. This site is close to but not adjoining Pinto Creek Canyon Natural Area.

Site Statistics

Site NameWildhay Glacial Cascades
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Upper Foothills
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)325/01
PASite ID (Map Ref #)593
Site # (Parks Website)572
Total Area2476.83 ha. (6120.03 ac.)
Recreation ActivitiesCanoeing/kayaking, Fishing, Hiking – backcountry, Hunting, Wildlife viewing
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Wildhay Glacial Cascades
Wildhay Glacial Cascades Site Map (Government of Alberta) [HT: 3 Maps?]


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 – Wildhay Glacial Cascades Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2022-12-03).

  1. Alberta Government Fact Sheet, Wildhay Glacial Cascades Natural Area.
  2. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006, p. 353.

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