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Copies of this management plan may be obtained from: 
Alberta Community Development 
Parks and Protected Areas 
Provincial Building 
9621-96 Ave. 
Peace River, AB T8S 1T4 
Phone 780-624-6405 
Fax 780-624-6455 

Alberta Community Development 
Parks and Protected Areas 
Box 720 
Manning, Alberta TOH 2M0 
Phone 780-836-2871 
Fax 780-836-2667 

November 20, 2001 

Errata - November 20, 2001 

Government department names have changed since this management plan was signed. The 
changes are as follows: 

Old Name 

New Name 

Natural Resources Service, Alberta 

Parks and Protected Areas, Alberta Communitv 

Fish and Wildlife Division, Alberta Sustainable 
Resource Development 

Land and Forest Service, Alberta Environment 

Forest Protection Division, Alberta Sustainable 
Resource Development 
Forest Management Division, Alberta 
Sustainable Resource Development 

Public Lands, Alberta Agriculture, Food and 
Rural Development 

Public Lands Division, Alberta Sustainable 
Resource Development 

Approval Statement 

The Notikewin Provincial Park Management Plan is the official plan of Alberta Environmental 
Protection, Natural Resources Service. 

The Plan is a commitment by the Northwest Boreal Region to the protection and management of 
resources in NotikewjnJ'rovincial Park and the provision of recreation opportunities within it. 

Pat Long, Regional Director 
Natural Resources Service 
Northwest Boreal Region 

Date /^A-l/ 3^Ao 

This plan is consistent with the provisions of the Provincial Parks Act and Regulations and with 
provincial policies, priorities and direction. 

orley Barrett, 
Assistant Deputy Minister 
Date /?^/aIi /S<^/ '2.<x Z' ' Alberta Environmental Protection 


The Notikewin Provinci^L^ark Management Plan is recommended for approval and 
implemen^tieir y^^^y 

K—^ ^(f^^^l^ Ron Millson, Area Manager 

_ r / Natural Resources Service 

Dat e rfoiy 3^AJo Peace River Area 

\ c ■ r 

Date ^^IX^^ VO I OO Peace River Area 

^ Leslie Sullivan, Conservation Officer 

Natural Resources Service 

Thank you to those who reviewed the draft management plan, and to those members of the public 
who participated in its preparation by filling out the survey and attending the open house. Your 
interest and support for the park is appreciated. 


Digitized by the Internet Archive 
in 2015 

Table of Contents 


1 . 1 . Purpose of Management Plan 1 

1.2. Public Involvement 1 


2.1 History OF Park 1 

2.2 Regional Setting and Access to Park 2 

2.3 Description of Park 2 

2.4 Visitor Use 4 

2.5 Significant Featifres of the Park 5 


3.1 Provincial Objectives 6 

3.2. Natural Regions Framework 6 

3.3 Classification 9 

3.4 RiRPOSE of Notikewin Provincial Park 9 

3 . 5 Notikewin Provincial Park - NATifRAL Heritage Site 9 

3.6 Guiding Principles 10 

4.0 ZONING 10 


5.1. Preservation 12 

5.2. Heritage Appreciation , 15 

5.3. Outdoor Recreation 16 

5.4. Heritage Tourism.... ■ 18 


6. 1 Surrounding Land Use 19 

6.2 Dispositions 19 

6.3 Additions TO Park 19 


7.1 Adjacent Land Users 19 

7.2 Local Community 20 


8. 1 Plan Implementation 20 

8.2 Plan Re VIEW 20 







Notikewin Provincial Park map v 

Natural Regions of Alberta 8 

Zoning map 1 1 



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Notikewin Provincial Park is located at the 
confluence of the Peace River and the Notikewin 
River in northwestern Alberta, north of Manning. 
At 9,696.76 hectares (about 97 square kilometers), 
it is presently the largest provincial park in the 
region. The park included a variety of undisturbed 
forests and wetlands, 6.4 kilometers of the lower 
section of the Notikewin River, and about 25 
kilometers of the west bank of the Peace River. 

The Peace River through Notikewin 
Provincial Park 

1.1. Purpose of Management Plan 

The purpose of this management plan is to provide 
management direction for the park for the next 1 0 
years. This management direction takes into 
account the park mandate, current Natural 
Resources Service policies, and public input. 

More specifically, this management plan will: 

• describe the park (Section 2); 

• place the park within the protected areas 
network of Alberta (Section 3); 

• identify issues and concerns about the park 
(Appendix C); 

• divide the park into zones (Section 4); 

• discuss objectives and management guidelines 
for the park (Section 5); 

• outline surrounding land use and regional 
cooperation (Section 6, 7); and 

• discuss implementation of the plan (Section 8). 

1.2. Public Involvement 

The preparation of a management plan must 
include involvement with those interested in the 
management of the park, such as park users, local 
communities, local resource industries, and other 
government agencies. Their input is incorporated 
into the management plan. 

Public involvement for the Notikewin Provincial 
Park management plan was done in several stages. 
Initially, concerns and issues about the park were 
identified through a visitor survey administered at 
the Manning Trade Fair in the fall of 1995, and a 
letter sent to stakeholders the following winter. The 
information gathered was used in the preparation of 
this draft management plan. 

In the next stage, the plan was reviewed by other 
agencies and individuals who have an interest in the 
park. Following their review, an open house was 
held to give the public the opportunity to review 
and comment on the plan. 


2.1 History of Park 

The Hawk Hills Unifarm Association and the 
Manning Fish and Game Association proposed to 
the province in 1 974 that about 3 quarters of land 
at the confluence of the Peace and Notikewin 
Rivers be incorporated into a provincial park. At 
that time, this land was an undeveloped municipal 
park, used by local residents for picnicking, fishing, 
camping, and as a base camp for hunting. 

In 1975, this area was announced as a proposed 
provincial park in the legislature. After studies 
confirming the suitability of the area based on its 
unique natural heritage features. Alberta 
Recreation and Parks proposed that land south of 
the Notikewin River also be considered for park 


After many negotiations and considerable public 
input, the park was established by order in council 
in November 1979. A park master plan 
recommended that the south end of the park be the 
main focus of park use, and should include a 
campground, day use areas, and river access. 
However, based on public demand, limited funding, 
and better river access (although sometimes 
limited), only the north end of the park has been 

The levels of development and use projected in this 
first master plan have never been realized. 
Remoteness of the park from large population 
centers, distance from the highway, the access road 
in the park and the rustic facilities are factors that 
may have contributed to low visitation. 

In spite of this, Notikewin Provincial Park remains 
a key protected area in the region. It contributes to 
Alberta's network of protected areas (see Section 
3) by protecting a large, relatively undisturbed area 
of the boreal forest natural region along a 
historically significant river. If will be managed as 
a natural heritage site, which means that 
management emphasis will be on protection of the 
natural resources and provision of recreation 
opportunities appropriate to the setting of this park. 

This management plan emphasizes the park's 
important role in protecting a large portion of 
relatively undisturbed boreal forest and its 
contribution to outdoor recreation. 

2.2 Regional Setting and Access to 

Notikewin Provincial Park is about 67 kilometers 
northwest of the town of Manning, the largest town 
in the area. Manning is 98 kilometers north of 
Peace River, and 257 kilometers north of Grande 
Prairie. Hawk Hills is the community nearest to the 

The park was surrounded by forest when it was 
first established, but since then most of the land 
around it has been cleared for farming. 
The park has 2 accesses. The main access, which 
leads to the north end where the park facilities are 

located, is north from Manning on Highway 35 
(MacKenzie Highway) for 35 kilometers, then east 
on Secondary Road 692 for 32 kilometers. The 
secondary road is paved to within 15 kilometers of 
the park. 

The other access, to the south end of the park, is 
east from Manning on paved Secondary Road 691, 
and then north to the park on gravel Secondary 
Road 74 1 . The distance from Manning to the park 
boundary using this access is about 53 kilometers. 
Once inside the park, the road becomes a truck 
trail, used to access private land along the river. 

Canada geese staging on the Notikewin River 

2.3 Description of Park 

2. 3. 1 Topography/G eomorph ology 
The deeply incised valleys of the Peace and 
Notikewin Rivers dominate the landscape of the 
park. Along the west bank of the Peace River, a 
series of 4 terraces drop to the river. Once old 
islands or point bars, these terraces formed as the 
river cut deeper and moved its course towards the 

The river is still changing. Several large, teardrop- 
shaped islands inside the northern river bend are 
relatively new formations. At the mouth of the 
Notikewin, an island and large silt and gravel bars 
have formed and reformed from deposits carried 
down the Notikewin. 

Away from the river valleys the park is undulating 
terrain, much of it wetlands. These wetlands 
include Crummy Lake and associated black spruce 


bogs, a linear wetland' located on an upper terrace 
at the south end of the park, and smaller fens and 
bogs scattered throughout. 

2.3.2 Geoiogy/Soils 

Bedrock of the park area was laid during the late 
Cretaceous age. The deepest layer of bedrock is the 
Loon River Formation of silty shale and laminated 
siltstone. Above this is the sandstone Peace River 
Formation. Outcrops of this rock appear in both the 
Peace and Notikewin river valleys. The upper layer 
is the Shaftesbury Formation, composed of marine 
shale and silt beds. 

A glacier covered this area up to about 12,000 
years ago. The glacier deposited till, an unsorted 
mixture of rock and gravel, over the area. As the 
glacier receded, its meltwater formed Lake Peace. 
In many places the till is topped by lacustrine (lake- 
deposited) material from Lake Peace. 

Soils gradually formed overtop the surficial 
deposits. In the upland areas of the park soils are 
generally of high clay content with poor internal 
drainage, while soils along the river valleys are 

2.3.3 Vegetation/Wildlife 

Aspen is the dominant tree species in the park, and 
pure, even-aged aspen stands appear frequently. 
This dominance is maintained by periodic wildfires. 
The northern portion of the park was last burned in 
the 1 940s, and some of the southern part in the 
1950s. Generally white spruce becomes dominant 
in a dry mixedwood forest, but because of these 
fairly recent fires, white spruce are only beginning 
to repopulate. Balsam poplar often occurs in 
moister areas adjacent to wetlands and the river. 
Jack pine occurs in dry, open sites, especially on 
the upper terraces in the southern end of the park. 
A total of 28 1 vascular plant species and 30 moss 
and lichen species have been identified in the park 
(see Appendix D). This includes about 30 rare and 
uncommon species. 

This wetland, long and narrow in shape, was once a channel of the 
Peace River. It h:Ls a variety of bog. Ten ;uid swamp communities. 

The diversity of habitat within the park supports at 
least 26 mammal, 200 bird, 13 fish, 2 amphibians, 
and 1 reptile species. It is exceptional habitat for 
large ungulates such as moose, mule deer, and 
vvhitetail deer, and for black and grizzly bear. The 
ungulates browse along the river edges, the 
wetlands, and other open areas, and the terraces are 
a particularly important winter range for them. 
Black bear use the rivers as travel corridors, and 
the area provides good feeding of berries, meadow 
forbs, insects under rotting logs, etc. The river 
banks provide good denning sites. Coyotes and 
wolves range widely throughout, and ftir-bearing 
mammals such as beaver, muskrat, fisher, marten 
and weasel find suitable habitat along the rivers 
and in the wetlands. 

Crummy Lake is an important waterfowl area, and 
geese and cranes use it, as well as the river for 
staging in the fall. Species of grouse, owl, and 
woodpeckers find suitable habitat in the 
mixedwoods. Numerous species of small songbirds 
nest in the aspen and willow areas. 

Goldeye, northern pike and walleye are common 
fish species in the rivers. Wood frogs, boreal 
chorus frog and garter snakes occupy wetland edge 

For a more complete description of the natural 
environment of the park, see Appendix A. 

2. 3, 4 Cu Itural/H istorical Resources 
Little evidence has been found to date of early 
aboriginal use in what is now the park. The most 
substantial evidence was found in 1979, at a site at 
the foot of a creek. This yielded bone, charcoal, and 
fire-cracked rock, all evidence of an early 
aboriginal hearth. 

It is probable that in historic times the Beaver 
people inhabited the area and camped along the 
Notikewin River. The name Notikewin is firom a 
Cree word for battle, and the river was so named 
because some important battles between the Beaver 
and Cree Indians took place along its banks. 

European contact began with the voyage of 
Alexander Mackenzie up the Peace River in 1773. 


The Northwest Company built Horseshoe House, a 
trading post, around 1803 to compete with the 
Hudson Bay Post at Dunvegan. This post was 
probably located just outside the southern end of 
the park, and may have been visited by David 
Thompson several times. Intermittently from about 
1866 to 1897 the Hudson's Bay Company operated 
a fur trading post, the Battle River House, on the 
east bank of the Notikewin where it enters the 
Peace. Archaeological surveys conducted in 1977 
identified a series of depressions that represent the 
remains of this post. The site, about 2.5 hectares, is 
privately owned. 

Other remnants of the flir trade era are two 
trapper's cabins. The remains of one trapper's 
cabin is in the day use area; the other cabin is in the 
southern end of the park and accessible only by the 

Steamboats began to ply the river from Dunvegan 
to Fort Vermilion about 1905, and continued until 
about 1945. The area around the park was used for 
little but hunting and trapping until the 1950s, 
when agricultural settlement began to expand north 
from Manning into the Hawk Hills area and into 
the Breaking Point area. Now the park is 
surrounded by agricultural land. 

2.4 Visitor Use 

2.4.1. Recreation Opportunities 

Sport fishing - People come to fish, particularly at 
the mouth of the Notikewin River, for mainly 
walleye and northern pike. 

Boating -The rivers offer the opportunity for 
boating activities such as motorboating, kayaking, 
or canoeing, although most of the present boating 
activity is associated with fishing. There is no 
formalized boat launch, and access to the river 
depends on water level, conditions of the gravel 
bars, etc. 

Day use - A picnic area contains about 10 sites 
with tables, fire pits and vault toilets. 

Camping - the park has 19 campsites. Services 
include firewood, water pump and vault toilets. 

Hiking - A two-kilometer interpretative trail starts 
at the trailer drop-off area and ends at a viewpoint 
overlooking the confluence of the Peace and 
Notikewin Rivers. The trail is called Asawapowin 
Trail, a Woodland Cree word for lookout. Other 
informal trails exist, including an old trail that 
leads the entire length of the park. 

VtcM' from Asawapowin Viewpoint 

Nature viewing - There are abundant opportunities 
for viewing the river, the vegetation, and the 
wildlife in the park. 

Berry picking - visitors are allowed to pick berries 
as long as there is no damage to vegetation, 
although they should be aware that bears also 
frequent the berry patches. 

The park is closed in winter, and offers no facilities 
or services in this season. 

2.4.2 Park Visitation 

Visitation rates at Notikewin have traditionally 
been low 

Average party size of campers in 1994/95 was 3.6. 
Most of the visitors to the park are local, but a few 
are Americans or Europeans looking for wilderness 


Park Occupancy 

Occupied Campsite 

Day Use Party 

1987 88 



1988 /89 






1990 /91 



1991 /92 



1992 /93 



1993 /94 

















3000 (est.) 







*canipground closed due to flooding and road 

**campground flooding 

A visitor survey was administered in the region in 
late 1995-earIy 1996. From this survey, the 
majority of visitors (60%) went for the day; about 
15% camped overnight, and the rest did a bit of 
both. Fishing was the most popular activity in the 
park, followed closely by relaxing, camping and 
picnicking. Hiking and nature watching were also 
popular activities. 

Respondents to the survey felt the following were 
the most important attributes of the park: 

- its wilderness setting 

- the quiet and feeling of privacy in the park 

- access to river and a boat launch 

- availability of split, dry firewood 

They also felt that opportunities for outdoor 
recreation activities, the availability of cold potable 
water, night security, provision of hiking trails and 
the closeness of the park to people's homes were 

Not considered as important for this park were 
amenities such as hot showers and heated 
washrooms, electrical and sewer hookups, paved 
roads to and within the park, interpretation 
programs, and equipment rentals. 

2.5 Significant Features of tfie Park 

' Occupied campsite night - one site occupied tor one night. 
[)ay use party visit - person(s) in a vehicle entering for one 
day without staying overnight. 

Size of Park 

The park, at nearly 100 square kilometers, is more 
likely to be able to maintain species diversity than 
smaller parks. Thus this park plays a important 
role in the preservation objectives of the province. 

Peace and Notikewin Rivers 
The park borders the west bank of the Peace River 
for about 25 kilometers. This river drains the 
largest watershed of any river in Alberta, beginning 
in British Columbia and ending at Lake Athabasca, 
over 1,690 kilometers. The entire river is rich in 
natural, cultural/historical and recreational 
resources, and the park protects and commemorates 
a number of these resources. 

The Notikewin River is a meandering river flowing 
from the Clear Hills. About 6.4 kilometers of it 
flow through the park before it enters the Peace 

River Terraces 

In the bends of the Peace River the land slopes 
down in a series of four terraces, created by the 
changing course of the river over a long period of 
time. These terraces, the only protected terraces 
along the Peace, have a variety of unique 
vegetation communities. 

The steepness of the slopes, combined with soil of 
high clay content, provide conditions for slumping 
activity along both 

Peace River Islands 

The Peace River has 
carved seven larger 
islands and several 
smaller ones from the 
mainland, the 
northern-most islands 
relatively recently. 
The islands are 
further evidence of 
the river shifting its 

Ostrich ferns 


Fern Island 

This island, at the mouth of the Notikewin River, 
supports a stand of mature balsam poplar with a 
continuous ground cover of ostrich fern. Such a 
large stand of ostrich fern is unusual in this region. 

Wildlife habitat 

TTie willow/shrub vegetation and the relatively open 
terraces, facing south and east, provide prime 
winter range for ungulates. Bears also frequent the 
park, especially in berry season. Many other 
animals and birds are also attracted to the variety 
of undisturbed habitats in the park. 

Diversity of Wetlands 

Wetlands in the park include bogs, fens, marshes, 
and swamps, with a variety of grasses, shrubs, 
trees and wildflowers. A linear wetland, located on 
an upper terrace in the south end of the park, is 
unusual in its location. 

Plant Diversity 

There is a high diversity of plant species in the 
park, including some species riot found in any other 
provincial park (See Appendix A for plant hst). 

Site of Historic Significance 
The park has historic value as site of both a North 
West Company and a Hudson Bay Company 
trading post. It is also the site of battles between 
the Cree and Beaver people. 

Ammonite Beds 

Ammonite fossils can be found along the banks of 
the Notikewin River. Ammonites were marine 
creatures, closely related to today's nautilus, which 
lived in the warm seas during the Jurassic to 
Cretaceous periods, the time of the dinosaurs. They 
had a coiled body structure with internal chambers, 
and ranged in size from 2 inches to 9 feet. 


The park offers dramatic views of the river valleys 
from the valley rim. The new Asawapowin 
Interpretative Trail offers access to a view of the 
confluence of the Peace and Notikewin Rivers. 


3.1 Provincial Objectives 

Four broad objectives are the cornerstones of 
Alberta's network of protected areas. 

Preserve and protect a system of provincially 
significant natural landscapes incorporating the 
greatest possible diversity of natural heritage as 
well as landscape related prehistorical and 
historical resources. 

Heritage Appreciation 
Provide opportunities for exploration, 
understanding and appreciation of natural heritage 
supported by a range of interpretive and 
educational programs. 

Outdoor Recreation 
Provides auto access and backcountry 
opportunities for outdoor recreation to the extent 
that the activities are compatible with the 
preservation of natural heritage values. 

Heritage Tourism 
Provides opportunities for provincial, national and 
international visitors to explore and experience 
Alberta's natural heritage. 

Each existing or potential protected area is 
assessed for its contribution to these objectives. 
Two tools aid this assessment - the Natural 
Regions framework and classification. 

3.2. Natural Regions Framework 

The Alberta government is committed to 
protecting representative samples of Alberta's 
natural and cultural heritage. To help select which 
areas are the best samples, a framework based on 
natural features has been adopted. This 
framework is a hierarchy of natural regions, 
subregions, and natural history themes. Natural 
regions provide the "big picture" of Alberta's 


landscapes, such as grasslands, mountains, and 
boreal forest. The subregions and natural history 
themes are subdivisions of the natural regions, and 
provide a more specific picture of smaller areas. 

There are six Natural Regions in Alberta - Boreal 
Forest, Rocky Mountain, Foothills, Canadian 
Shield, Parkland and 
Grassland. Differences 
between these regions are 
readily apparent by their 
distinct landform features 
and vegetation. (See 
Natural Regions map). 

Natural Regions 

Natural Subregions 

Level 1 Themes 
Level 2 Themes 
Level 3 Themes 

Each of these Natural 
Regions has been divided 
into subregions based on criteria that may vary 
depending on the Natural Region. The Boreal 
Forest Natural Region is divided into six 
subregions that vary with the predominant forest 
cover, the topography (level, undulating , or hilly), 
and the mix of uplands and wetlands. 

Subregions are ftirther divided into Level 1, Level 
2, and Level 3 Natural History themes. Level 1 
themes are based on easily observed landforms of 
subregions, such as wetlands and protected slopes 
of valleys and ridges. 

Level 2 themes are more specific breakdowns of 
Level I themes. They refer to distinctive habitat 
types, vegetation, or highly visible geology 
features. Examples of wetland Level 2 themes in 
the Boreal Forest subregions are bogs, patterned 
fens, black spruce forests, or shrublands. 

Level 3 themes are finer breakdowns of Level 2 
themes. They include specific features such as 
rare plants and animals, and specific bedrock and 
landform types, for instance caves and waterfalls. 

The themes, because of their detail, are most 
usefiil for identifying the natural diversity within 
Alberta. Level 1 themes can usually be seen on 
aerial photography maps, while Level 2 and Level 
3 themes require detailed biophysical studies. 
Analysis of these themes can determine which 

sites in Alberta would be the best samples of our 
natural heritage. 

Notikewin Provincial Park is located in the Dry 
Mixedwood Subregion of the Boreal Forest 
Natural Region. Table 1 shows the natural 
history themes located in this park. 

Natural History Themes 
Notikewin Provincial Park 

B&r^si W&tt&i Ni^tsa^ R«gi^ 

l^itrntii W^i&ty Thmm 

Niffibttral S^iisie^ 11r&^3^ 

Non-ianay uplana- 
Ground Moraine 

Mixedwood forest* 
Deciduous forest* 

Non-Sandy Upland - 
Huniinocky Moraine 

White spruce forest* 
Mixedwood forest* 
Deciduous forest* 

Sandy upland- 
Sandy Plain 

Jack pine forest* 
Deciduous forest* 

Valley-Ridge - -Exposed 


Valley Ridge- 
Protected Slope 

White Spruce forest* 
Mixedwood forest** 
Deciduous forest* 

Valley Ridge- 

White spmce forest* 
Black spmce forest** 
Mixedwood forest* 
Deciduous forest* 

Muskeg stream* 

Wetland - Mineral 


White spnice forest** 
Black spmce forest** 

Wetland - Organic 


Non-patterned fen** 
Black spmcc forest** 
Tamarack forest** 



* indicates theme is well represented 

** indicates theme is somewhat represented 






0 50 100km 

I I Central Mixedwood 
I I Dry Mixedwood 
I I Wetland Mixedwood 
WSM Sub-Arctic 
I . I Peace River Lowlands 
Boreal Highlands 


I I Alpine I I Dry Mixedgrass 

I ' ' ' I Sub-Alpine I I Foothills Fescue 

Montane I I Norttiern Fescue 


W:B " i Upper Foottiills 
I I Lower Foothills 


I I Athabasca Plain 
□ I Kazan Uplands 


Foothills Parkland 
HH Peace River Parkland 
Central Parkland 

Produced by Alberta Parks Services, Management Support Division. 1994 

3.3 Classification 

Protected area legislation makes provision for seven 
classes of protected areas: 

• Ecological Reserves 

• Wilderness Areas 

• Wildland Parks 

• Provincial Parks 

• Natural Areas 

• Provincial Recreation Areas 

• Heritage Rangelands 

Each of these classes of protected areas 
contributes differently to the four goals of 
preservation, heritage appreciation, outdoor 
recreation and heritage tourism. 

3.4 Purpose of Notiliewin Provincial 

The purpose of Notikewin Provincial Park is: 

To protect a representative sample of the Dry 
Mixedwood Subregion of the Boreal Forest, and 
to provide opportunities for local visitors and 
tourists to experience the outdoors in a setting 
with few facilities and services. 

Notikewin Provincial Park contributes the 
following to the objectives of Parks and Protected 
Areas in Alberta. 

Preservation Objective 

• Makes a major contribution to the 
representation of the Dry Mixedwood 
Subregion of Alberta. It contains representative 
samples of nine Level I themes (out of 1 1 ) and 
3 1 Level 2 themes (out of 46) of this 

• Notikewin is a large park, about 97 square 
kilometers. Provincially protected areas of this 
size are important because they are the best 
possibilities for areas to exist without human 
activities that interfere with natural processes. 

Heritage Appreciation Objective 

• Offers visitors the opportunity to explore on 
their own a boreal forest, river valleys, and a 
diversity of vegetation and wildlife. 

• Contains remnants of the cultural history of the 

Outdoor Recreation Objective 

• Offers the opportunity to experience 
recreational activities in a natural setting. 

• Provides opportunities for camping experiences 
with only rustic facilities. 

Tourism Objective 

• Supports provision of nature-based tourism 
opportunities in the park. 

3. 5 No tikewin Pro vincial Park - 
Natural Heritage Site 

Notikewin Provincial Park will be managed as a 
natural heritage site. Natural heritage sites are 
intended to contribute primarily to the 
preservation objective, but usually make a 
significant contribution to heritage appreciation 
and may contribute to outdoor recreation and 

3.5.1 Role of Natural Resources Service 

To manage Notikewin Provincial Park as a 
Natural Heritage Site, Alberta Environmental 
Protection will: 

• Establish operating criteria for facility operation, 

maintenance and fees: 

• Maintain responsibility for promoting the 

province's natural, historical and cultural 

• Be willing to provide educational and 

interpretative programming; 

• Provide security services; and 

• Retain overall responsibility for resource 


3.5.2 Role of Private Sector 

The role of the private sector in the management of 
Notikewin Provincial Park is outlined below. 

• The private sector is currently operating the 
campground in Notikewin Provincial Park 
through a facility operating agreement. This 
arrangement will continue. 


The campground will continue to be operated 
and maintained at established provincial 
standards and fees. 

The facility operator may choose to upgrade 
existing facilities or to construct new facilities. 
This development would be approved by the 
department if consistent with publicly 
supported management plans and with the 
public's expectations of the park. This could be 
done widiout public review. 
Except for trails, facility development would 
only take place within the facility zone in the 

The private sector will be encouraged to 
become partners with the park in the delivery 
of protection, interpretation, site development 
and operation services. These partnerships 
could be with individuals, clubs, volunteers, 
and other members of the public. These kinds 
of partnerships have benefited the Parks and 
Protected Areas Program in the past, and will 
continue to do so. 

3.6 Guiding Principles 

The Government of Alberta has adopted the 
following principles that guide decision-making and 
program delivery in protected areas. 

Ecological Sustainability - Alberta's parks and 
protected areas will be managed to preserve 
environmental diversity and ecological integrity 
through perpetuation of species, biological diversity 
and the unimpeded functioning of ecological 
systems and processes. 

Ecosystem Management -A park or protected 
area is part of a larger ecosystem. Management of 
the natural resources in a park will be coordinated 
with the management of adjacent lands. 

Balancing Preservation and Use - Tlie parks and 
protected areas network will be managed to balance 
preservation and use. Different classes of protected 
areas accommodate varying degrees of human 
activities including outdoor recreation, based upon 
the degree of protection required for the areas' 
natural resources. 

Environmental Stewardship - Heritage 
appreciation services facilitate public awareness 

and understanding 
of Alberta's natural 
heritage, as well as 
the sharing of that 
knowledge to foster 
positive attitudes 
and actions towards 
our natural heritage 
and its preservation. 


Responsibility - 

The Government of 
Alberta recognizes 
that stewardship of 
parks and protected 
areas is a shared 
responsibility. Partnerships that foster stewardship 
will be promoted with the private sector, other 
departments and governments. First Nations, 
volunteers, not for profit groups and individual 
citizens in the planning, management and 
operations of parks and protected areas. 

Pines growing on the 
terraces of the Peace River 



Zoning is a management tool that divides a 
landscape into units and identifies the intent and 
objectives of each unit. It is useful over a large 
landscape, because values may vary within it. For 
instance, preservation values may have a higher 
priority in some parts of the landscape, and 
recreation values a higher priority in others. 

A range of zones can be applied to a provincial 
park. Notikewin Provincial Park is divided into 4 
zones - preservation, historical/cultural, wildland 
and facility. 


Preservation Zone 

Four areas within the park are designated as 
Preservation Zones: the linear bog complex. 
Crummy Lake and associated wetlands. Fern 
Island, and the ammonite beds. The 2 wetland 
areas provide excellent representation of Level 2 
Natural History Themes, and Fern Island and the 
ammonite beds are special features of the park. 

These areas will receive the highest level of 
protection in the park. Use of the ammonite beds 
will not be encouraged because it is located on a 
riverbank, an area sensitive to impacts. Only low 
impact, dispersed recreation activities such as 
hiking, cross-country skiing and nature 
observation are appropriate in the other areas in 
this zone. 

Historical/Cultural Zone 

Although the site of the trading post. Battle River 
House, is actually private property, it is designated 
a historical/cultural zone to emphasize its historical 
value. Use of this area will be restricted to heritage 

Facility Zone 

The facility zone in Notikewin Provincial Park is a 
wide corridor from the park entrance down to the 
river, and includes the park operations area, the 
access road, the trailer parking area, the trail to the 
lookout, the boating access area, and the camp and 
day use sites. This zone will accommodate the 
greatest amount of use in the park. 

Wildland Zone 

All of Notikewin Provincial Park not included in 
the other zones is a wildland zone. In keeping with 
the intent of this zone to protect the landscape and 
provide opportunities for backcountry experiences, 
only non-motorized use of the zone will be allowed, 
and any facilities will be rustic. 


For the most part, the natural environment of the 
park is self-sustaining. Management guidelines will 
focus on sustaining the natural processes in the 
park, and on managing visitor use. 

5. 1 . Preserva Hon 

5.1.1. Preservation Objectives 

♦ To sustain the diversity of landscapes in the 
park, and their associated vegetation and 

♦ Special emphasis will be placed on protecting 
the representative, rare and special features of 
the Boreal Forest Natural Region present in the 

♦ To coordinate protection of Notikewin 
Provincial Park with adjacent landowners and 
other agencies. 

♦ To support and encourage scientific and 
educational activities that may increase 
understanding of the area. 

♦ To encourage stewardship of the park. 

5.1.2 Current Situation 

The park is representative of a diverse dry 
mixedwood boreal forest. Its large size contributes 
to maintaining its diversity with a minimum of 
human interference. Natural processes are not 
interfered with, with the exception of forest fire 
suppression. At present there are few impacts from 
outside which threaten its ecological integrity. 

The forest is of various types and age classes, 
ranging from pure stands of even-aged aspen to 
mature mixedwoods of aspen, balsam poplar and 
white spruce on the lower terraces and river 


Some timber harvesting has occurred in the area 
before park establishment. The mature spruce not 
burned in the most recent wildfires, including those 
near the mouth of the Notikewin River, were 
harvested in the 1960s. Checkerboard Island was 
also logged of spruce in a cut block pattern, hence 
its name. In the late 1970s white spruce in the 
south end of the park were selectively removed. 

The diverse landscape continues to provide habitat 
for a variety of animals. Black bears frequent the 
park, and occasionally grizzly. Ungulates use the 
mix of habitats in the terrace complexes, especially 
in winter. 

5.1.3. Management Guidelines 


This includes landforms such as the terrace 
complexes, slump slopes, island sandbars, as well 
as soils. 

Slumping occurs along the river and creek banks. 
Facilities such as roads and trails will not be placed 
where they could aggravate or accelerate this 
natural process. 

Erosion of geomorphic or geologic features from 
human use, such as erosion along the hiking trail, 
will be monitored and erosion mitigated and/or 

Roads in the park are easily eroded because of the 
high clay content of the soil and the steepness of the 
grade. The northern access road is particularly 
susceptible to erosion. Roads will be monitored and 
maintained as necessary. 

Ammonite beds lie on the banks of the Notikewin. 
Because it is a special feature of the park it has 
been zoned a preservation zone to protect it from 
human disturbance. Fossils found in this area, or 
anywhere in the park, must not be removed. 

Aquatic Systems 

Tlie significant aquatic features are the Peace and 
Notikewin Rivers, Cnmimy Lake and associated 
upland wetlands, and the linear wetland. 

The rivers are the major natural and recreational 
components of the park, and their natural character 
and hydrological processes will not be interfered 
with. Flooding is a potential disturbance, but 
because the Bennett dam has reduced the 
fluctuations in seasonal water levels, floods are not 
as frequent or as severe as pre-dam conditions. 

Protection of the public will be foremost if a flood 
should occur, including evacuation of the park if 
flood warnings warrant. Monitoring of the water 
level is done regularly by B.C. Hydro, and Water 
Resources Service does flood forecasts for the 
Peace River. Tlie park will communicate regularly 
with these agencies concemmg flooding potential. 

Crummy Lake and associated wetlands, and the 
linear wetlands, will be allowed to evolve naturally. 


Vegetation is the basis for wildlife habitat and 
contributes to the visual and recreational attraction 
of Notikewin Provincial Park. The park contains a 
diversity of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, mosses and 
lichens that are typical of the boreal forest. See 
Appendix D for list of vegetation species in the 

In general the forest communities will be allowed to 
succeed naturally. Only in the facility zone may 
vegetation be altered or removed if it is hazardous 
to visitors and facilities. 

A forest in a park can be managed to achieve 
specific objectives. Management actions could 
include prescribed burning and selective tree and 
stand removal. However, at this point the forest in 
Notikewin Provincial Park is a healthy sample of a 
diverse Dry Mixedwood forest, and there is no need 
to manage it. The forest will be monitored to detect 
changes that could be of concern. 

Notikewin Provincial Park contains a number of 
provincially and locally rare, endangered or 
sensitive plant species and communities. If they are 
located near campsites and trails they will be 
monitored to ensure their protection. 


Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana) grows 
in Notikewin Provincial Park 

Use of herbicides and pesticides for control of 
weeds and insects, rodents or other pests will 
follow park policy, and will only be used in the 
facility and access zones. The policy (Policy 8.8, 
Policies, Procedures and Directives Manual) states 
that use of herbicides/pesticides may be an 
appropriate option when public health or safety is 
threatened, facilities or natural vegetation are 
threatened, or to avoid the spread of weeds unto 
adjacent private lands. In other cases natural means 
of weed and insect control should be used. 

Forest Wildfires/Diseases 

All wildfires with the potential to negatively impact 
the ecological values and the facilities inside the 
park and/or resources on adjacent lands will be 

A Fire Control Plan for the park, developed with 
Land and Forest Service, will be reviewed 
annually. The plan will include those items outlined 
in Policies, Procedures and Directives Manual 
8. 1 .9, as well as a fire history of the park and 
adjacent lands, and locations of rare/uncommon 
vegetation species. 

Because of fire suppression over a number of 
years, fuel load has built up in some areas of the 
park. This could be particularly hazardous in the 
facility areas. Fuel load in the facility zone and in 
the area surrounding it will be assessed. 
Appropriate methods for reducing fiiel load will be 
investigated, and could include selective horse 
logging and prescribed burns. 

Monitoring of insect and disease infestations will 
be carried out as required and control/eradication 
measures will be applied when the ecological 
values in the park and/or resource values on 
adjacent lands are at risk or threatened. 


The focus of wildlife management will be the 
protection of habitat for the wide variety of wildlife 
in the park. Any management action will be 
considered for its effect on this habitat and 
consequently on the wildlife. 

The park is the natural habitat of black bears and 
occasionally grizzly bears. For the protection of 
both bears and humans, management will focus on 
prevention or reduction of bear-human encounters. 
This will be done by: 

- monitoring bear activity in the park ; 

- promoting bear awareness and keeping visitors 
informed about bear activity in the park. 
Visitors should be aware that fi-om July to 
September bears feed on the berry crop in the 
jack pine woods on the southern terraces, and 
on berries in the campground. 

- educating visitors about camping practices 
appropriate to bear country and about 
appropriate behavior around bears. 

Bears that become 
V- / l^pl-:- '"'~ '"V j^ conditioned to the 
~V .-u^.. park will be 

monitored closely. 
Some incidents, 
such as frequent 
sightings or 
displays of 
aggression, may 
result in the bear 
being removed from 
the park and/or 
Conditioning of 

bears to humans often results in the death of the 
bear, so park visitors should discourage this 
through careful camping practices and appropriate 
behavior in the wilderness. 


Bear/human conflicts will be dealt with as per park 
policy (Policy 8.3, Policies, Procedures and 
Directives Manual). 

Beaver whose activity threatens facilities will be 

Cultural Resources 

One archaeological dig in the park, at the mouth of 
the creek parallel to the access road, was likely a 
site of successive occupation by aboriginal people. 
This site is subject to serious natural erosion that 
would destroy potential evidence of prehistory in 
this region. The site will be monitored for the 
effects of erosion, and appropriate action taken if 
the site is endangered. 

The few other archaeological digs in the park have 
yielded little prehistoric evidence, but the surveys 
have been too brief to give a good indication of the 
potential of the park (Le Blanc 1980). Any 
archaeological research will be encouraged in the 
park. If further development occurs, an 
archaeological survey will be conducted on the 
development site. 

One trapper's cabin and the site of the Hudson's 
Bay Company trading post are in, or close to, areas 
frequented by visitors. Park management will 
encourage visitors to continue to respect these 
remnants of our cultural heritage with signs 
explaining their heritage value. 

Visitors are asked to leave found artifacts in the 
park, and to report their findings to park staff. 

5. 2. Heritage Apprecia tion 

Heritage appreciation is a valuing of our heritage, 
both natural and cultural. Aids to heritage 
appreciation include interpretation, environmental 
education, and information. Interpretation refers to 
effective communication of our natural and cultural 
heritage in a way that helps people appreciate, 
understand and care for it. Interpretation can be 
done personally, for instance by a park ranger 
leading a nature walk, or impersonally through 

signs and displays. Environmental education is 
generally more formal, and usually tied in to school 
curriculums. Information helps visitors plan their 
visit to the park and makes it more enjoyable by 
creating awareness of park features and of park 

5.2.1. Heritage Appreciation Objectives 

♦ To encourage awareness, understanding and 
enjoyment of the natural and cultural features 
of the park, and to appreciate its value. 

♦ To foster understanding of the provincial 
protected areas network and the role of 
Notikewin Provincial Park within it. 

♦ To provide information to the public about 
Notikewin Provincial Park, 

♦ To encourage others to help protect and 
promote the park. 

5.2.2 Current Situation 

To date there has been little demand for heritage 
appreciation services in the park. Occasionally 
patrolling staff give informal presentations during 
the summer season. 

A self-guided trail, with interpretative signs posted 
at intervals to explain features of the boreal forest, 
has been developed. This trail leads from the trailer 
drop-off parking lot to a scenic lookout over the 
confluence of the Peace and Notikewin Rivers. The 
trail is named Asawapowin, a Cree word for 
lookout. This trail is a Watchable Wildlife trail. 

A new information sign will be placed at the trailer 
drop-off parking lot to inform visitors about the 
features of the park. Information cubes are already 
in place in the day use area and campground. They 
display information relating to public safety, facility 
and site orientation, regulations, and recreation and 
heritage appreciation opportunities. 


5.2.3. Management Guidelines 

When staffing allows, personal interpretation 
services may be offered in the park on an informal 
basis, for instance informally organized guided 

Visitors will also be encouraged to explore the 
natural heritage of the park on their own, as long as 
it is consistent with protection values. 

Depending on fiinding, a facility map will be 
produced for visitors to the park.. 

Directional signs on Secondary Road 692 leading 
to the north end of the park will be maintained. 

The campground operator and volunteers will be 
encouraged to provide heritage appreciation 
opportunities for visitors. 

5.3. Outdoor Recreation 

Within the protected areas network of Alberta, a 
range of outdoor recreation experiences are offered. 
For instance, camping opportunities range from 
random camping in wilderness parks to camping in 
parks with the full complement of facihties and 
services. Notikewin Provincial Park lies more to the 
wilderness part of the spectrum, offering the 
opportunity to experience wilderness in a boreal 
forest setting with the support of minimal rustic 

5.3.1. Objectives 

♦ To continue to provide wilderness-type 
recreation opportunities, with minimum 
facilities, in a relatively large, pristine 
provincial park. 

♦ To provide opportunities for private sector and 
volunteer involvement in the delivery of 
recreational services that are consistent with 
park objectives. 

5.3.2. Current Situation 

The most popular outdoor recreation opportunities 
in the park are fishing, picnicking, hiking, berry 
picking and camping. Boat access to the river is of 
great importance. However, there is no formal boat 
launch, and good access depends on river levels. 
There is one formal hiking trail in the park, but 
there are other old roads, trails and cutlines that 
would be suitable for hiking. 

The access road in the park has been subject to 
slumping and erosion over the years. The last 
serious problem occurred in 1990, when the road 
was closed much of the season due to severe 
flooding and erosion. The road was rebuilt, the 
creek straightened and larger culverts installed. 
Since then the road has remained in good condition. 
In very rainy weather some trailer units could have 
difficulty climbing the hill. 

The campground has been operated by a facility 
operator for the last 3 seasons. This arrangement 
will continue as long as contracts can be 
negotiated. If no contract bids were successfiil, the 
campground would be operated by Natural 
Resources Service per guidelines for a natural 
heritage site. 

5.3.3. Management Guidelines 

Park Roads/Parking Areas 

The north entrance will continue to be the main 
access to the park, since that is the location of the 
facilities. The internal park road will continue to be 
maintained for access to the river and the 
campsites. There are no present plans to pave the 
road, but it will be maintained in good graveled 
condition. If slumping and erosion becomes a 
serious problem in future, an alternate access route 
may have to be investigated. As per draft 
legislation, new roads may be considered in Natural 
Environment Provincial Parks to re-route or replace 
pre-existing roads that are in ecologically sensitive 
locations to reduce environmental impact. 

A parking lot is located at the top of the hill before 
the park road descends to the river. This provides 


the opportunity for visitors to unhitch their 
trailers/units and leave them at the top if they do 
not wish to navigate the hill with them. Tliis area 
can also be used for camping, and is supplied with 
rustic camping facilities. 

Another parking lot is situated near the boat launch 
area on the shore of the Peace River. Toilet 
facilities are located in the day use area about 150 
meters from the parking lot. Some visitors have 
requested that toilet facilities be located closer to 
the boat launch area, but this is not feasible 
because of seasonal fluctuation of the water level 
and potential ice damage. 

The road in the south end of the park provides 
access for non-permanent residents to their private 
landholdings along the river. It is a dirt road 
suitable for trucks/utility vehicles. The landholder 
or his tenant also does minimum maintenance when 

Campsite in Notikewin Provincial Park 

Camping Facilities 

The camping facilities are located at the north end 
of the park. When the park was first established, 
development in the south end of the park was 
proposed, but because of public demand the north 
end was chosen for development. Visitor demand 
has not warranted the expense of developing and 
maintaining two campgrounds in the park, so the 
south end has not been developed. This could be 
considered in future if demand warranted it, but 
such a development would incur major costs, 
including improving the access road and building 

the campground. As well, the south end of the park 
is even more remote from a major highway than the 
north end, and it is doubtful that it would draw 
enough visitors to justify such a major expense. 

There are no electrical hookups in the park, and 
present use levels do not justify the expense of 

Other Recreational Opportunities 
Small-scale developments which enhance the 
backcounty recreational opportunities in the park 
will be considered, as these are in keeping with the 
character of the park. The developments would be a 
joint project between the facility operator, 
volunteers and Natural Resources Service, and 
could include: 

developing a trail from the north end of the 
park to the south end. This could be a trail 
suitable for hiking and for equestrian use. 
Developing a backcountry campsite at the 
south end, and perhaps one halfway between 
the north and south ends. These could be used 
by hikers and by trail riders. 
Construction of a pedestrian suspension bridge 
across the Notikewin River to facilitate use of 
this proposed north/south trail. 

The park will support efforts of the facility 
operator to promote and deliver other recreational 
opportunities that are appropriate to the park. Any 
proposed development that was outside the 
guidelines of this approved management plan 
would need public review. 

Many local people visit the park for day use. The 
park will continue to offer opportunities for quality 
day use, and will work with the local communities 
to enhance their enjoyment, understanding and 
appreciation of the park. 

Boat launch opportunities on the river are presently 
subject to river conditions. Alberta Environmental 
Protection, Water Resources has studied the 
feasibility of installing a boat launch, and has 
found it cost-prohibitive. However, Natural 
Resources Service would entertain a partnership 
arrangement to maintain a low-cost river access. 


Private sector parties 
will be encouraged to 
offer recreational 
opportunities in the 
park. These could 
include hiking and trail 
riding, boat tours, and 
playground units. 

Berrypicking is allowed in the park. However, be 
aware that bears frequent the berry patches during 
blueberry season. 

5.4. Heritage Tourism 

Notikewin Provincial Park is the only provincial 
park bordering the Peace River which offers a 
wilderness experience and a first-hand look at a 
mostly undisturbed boreal forest. 

5.4.1. Heritage Tourism Objectives 

♦ To promote the park for its setting and natural 
features, and as an area for wilderness-type 
outdoor recreation 

♦ To support tourism-related opportunities for 
heritage appreciation and outdoor recreation 
that are compatible with the character of the 

♦ To encourage the local community to take an 
active part in supporting and promoting the 
role of the park in regional tourism. 

♦ To ensure that the park's natural features 
remain sustainable so that backcountry tourism 
opportunities can be offered into the future. 

5.4.2 Current Situation 

Tourist use of the park is low, but the park has the 
potential to attract both Canadian and international 
tourists interested in wilderness travel and nature 

Up to now, little tourism promotion of the park has 
occurred, except for promotion in a regional parks 

magazine called Peace Country Times produced in 
1996, and in other park publications and brochures. 

Thus far the presence of the park has not 
contributed significantly to the economy of the 
area. However, the park provides opportunities for 
local businesses to operate appropriate commercial 
activities in the park. The campground operator is 
an example of this. 

5.4.3. Management Guidelines 

Tourism opportunities at Notikewin Provincial 
Park will focus on its naturalness and its 
opportunities for backcountry experiences. These 
are the features that will be emphasized in park 

Current information about the park will be made 
available in Manning at the tourist center and other 
appropriate spots. 

The park is willing to work closely with the local 
community, such as the town of Manning, the local 
M.D., Chamber of Commerce, and other 
appropriate groups to promote the park within the 
community and further abroad. 

The park will continue to be promoted in park 
publications such as Peace Country Times, in 
departmental brochures, and at trade fairs where 
the department is represented. 

Natural Resources Service is a partner of the 
Alberta North Tourism Association, and Notikewin 
Provincial Park is promoted in its widely 
distributed publications. The park is also promoted 
in a tourist initiative involving Montana and 
Alberta called the Heritage Passport Program. 

The park will continue to entertain proposals for 
appropriate business opportunities from local 


6.0 Surrounding Lands 

Environment will consider purchasing the land to 
add to the park. 

6.1 Surrounding Land Use 

The park is nestled within two large bends of the 
Peace River, and consequently is bounded on the 
south, east and north by the river. Most of the west 
boundary, about 25 kilometers, abuts cultivated 

The park surrounds two pieces of privately owned 
land. One piece, about 133 hectares, is near the 
southern end of the park along the river, and is 
accessed by the south park road. Negotiations to 
obtain this land to add to the park have not been 

The other piece of land is a small parcel along the 
Peace River near the mouth of the Notikewin River. 
This parcel of land was the site of the Hudson's 
Bay Company Battle River Post. 

6.2 Dispositions 

The only dispositions within the park are a power 
line and a North Peace Gas Coop pipeline into the 
maintenance area of the park. 

Any disposition activity in the park will be guided 
by the draft Natural Heritage Act and management 
guidelines (1998). Those which apply to Notikewin 
Provincial Park include: 

Surface access to new sub-surface mineral 
dispositions will not be allowed. 

New pipeline corridors are not permitted. 

Construction of new roads, pipelines, power 
lines and other utilities will be prohibited except to 
upgrade existing facilities or to re-route or replace 
pre-existing roads that are in ecologically sensitive 

6.3 Additions to Park 

If the two pieces of privately owned land within the 
park become available for purchase. Alberta 

7.0 Regfional Integratton 

One of the principles of ecosystem management of 
protected areas is that they cannot be managed in 
isolation from the surrounding lands. What 
happens on lands around protected areas may have 
an impact inside. In turn, the presence of a 
protected area may affect management of land 
adjacent to it 

Notikewin Provincial Park recognizes this 
principle, and the importance of regional 
cooperation in making decisions about land use. It 
seeks to be a "good neighbour" with land owners 
and managers of adjacent lands, and with the local 

7.1 Adjacent Land Users 

An oil pipeline crosses the Peace River just to the 
north of the park. 

The forests across the river, except for about 7 
sections that are under Protective Notation for 
Alberta Environmental Protection, are part of the 
Forest Management Agreement (FMA) of 
Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd (DMI). 
Parks will work with Land and Forest Service, who 
are the land managers, and DMI to ensure that the 
aesthetics of the river valley are considered in 
forest harvesting plans. 

The dry mixedwood forest within the park is 
relatively unaltered by human use, and with the 
exception of forest fires and diseases and pests, 
natural processes will continue without 
interference. Within these management constraints, 
the forest in the park could be used as a benchmark 
against which to compare forests outside the park 
altered by human use. Natural Resources Service 
supports use of the park in this way. 

The park will continue to practice a "good 
neighbour" policy with farmers adjacent to the 


park, and with the private landholders within the 

7.2 Local Community 

Hawk Hills is the community nearest to the park, 
while Manning is the largest town in the region. 

The park is willing to work with the community of 
Hawk Hills to promote appropriate community use 
of the park, including special community events. 

The park is willing to support efforts by local 
groups, such as the Manning Chamber of 
Commerce, to promote tourism in the region, and 
tourism use of the park. 


8.1 Plan Implementation 

Implementation of the management plan will 
proceed through ongoing operations. Those 
developments which are proposed will proceed on a 
priority basis as budget resources allow. 

8.2 Plan Review 

This plan will be reviewed not later than ten years 
from its date of approval. A review can be initiated 
sooner if warranted. 

Natural Resources Service will initiate the plan 
review. Members of the local groups and agencies 
who helped in its preparation will be asked to 
participate in the review. The general public will 
also be given an opportunity to review the amended 

The review will: 

Review the objectives and the effectiveness of 
the management guidelines outlined in this 

Address issues that arise subsequent to the 
approval of this plan; and 
Revise those sections of the plan which need 
updating because of changing situations. 




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Appen4Tx A Description of P^rk 


The dominant topographical feature of the park is the deeply incised valleys, to a depth of 150 meters, of 
the Peace and Notikewin Rivers. Two smaller creeks have also cut deep gorges. One of these, in the 
northwest portion of the park, bears the present access road down to the Peace River. The other creek 
enters the Notikewin River from the north about 2 km. from the confluence. The valley sides of the rivers 
and creeks are generally steep, and subject to frequent slumping. The uplands area of the park is gently 

The west bank of the Peace River inside the bends falls in a series of 4 terraces which are level to gently 
sloping, and which drop, steplike, down to the flats of the river. These terraces originated as point bars or 
islands inside the meander of the river when it was at a higher level. The river channel appears to be still 
migrating, having relatively recently cut off three large, teardrop -shaped islands inside the upper bend. 

At the mouth of the Notikewin, an island and large silt and gravel bars have formed from deposits carried 
by the Notikewin into the Peace River. 

Since the building of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam in 1972, water flows on the river have been regulated, 
resulting in lower seasonal fluctuations. This means a greater flow in fall and winter months, and a lesser 
flow in spring and summer. 

Geology and Soils 

Bedrock of the park area was laid during the Cretaceous age. The lowest layer of bedrock is the Peace 
River Formation of mostly sandstone that occurs along the Peace River valley. Outcrops of this formation 
occur within the park. Above this is the Shaftesbury Formation, composed of marine shale and silty beds. 
The majority of the park is underlain by this formation. 

Surficial deposits in the park consist of mostly lacustrine (lake-deposited) material derived from Lake 
Peace, a proglacial lake formed during the last glaciation which ended @ 10,000 years ago. This material 
overlays undulating moraine (glacial till). A band of alluvial (river deposited) and aeolian (wind formed) 
material lies near the edge of the upland as it nears the Peace River. 

Soils of the upland are generally an Orthic Gray Luvisol, derived from ground moraine parent material 
These soils have a high clay content and poor internal drainage. The soils of the valley slopes is mostly 
Orthic Eutric Brunisol, a sandy soil derived from fine textured till. This soil is easily eroded in the steep 
valleys. On the higher terraces, both types of soils have developed on sand and gravels, with a fairly stoney 
surface. The lower terraces consist of layered deposits of finely textured alluvium. A soil survey (Greenlee 
1979) contains more detailed information of the soils and surficial deposits of the park area. 


The park area typically has short, cool summers and relatively long winters. Annual rainfall is about 
250mm., and annual snowfall about 1 .4m. Prevailing summer winds are from the west. 



Aspen is the dominant tree species in the park. Its dominance has been maintained by periodic fires, 
evidenced by the appearance of frequent pure, even-aged stands. Balsam poplar often occurs in association 
with aspen, particularly in moist upland and terrace areas. Along the river flats and on the islands it is 
commonly found in association with paper birch. 

Fire is the dominant natural disturbance of the boreal forest. The last fire within the park that was of any 
size (over 200ha.) burned the southern quarter of the park, south of Crummy Lake, in 1955. In the 1940s 
the northern portion of the park was subject to fairly widespread burning (Loomis and Bradley 1978). 

Generally aspen succeeds to white spruce in a boreal forest, but because of the fairly recent fires white 
spruce are only beginning to repopulate. Parts of the lower terraces and the islands, which escaped recent 
fires, support lush mixedwoods of balsam poplar, paper birch, and white spruce. Jackpine occurs in dry, 
open sites, especially on the upper terraces in the southern end of the park. 

Wetlands in the park include Crummy Lake and associated black spruce bogs, a linear wetland of fen, bog 
and marsh, and other marshes located on an upper terrace at the south end of the park, and other fens and 
bogs scattered throughout the upland. 

A total of 281 vascular plant species and 30 moss and lichen species have been identified in the park. 

The diversity of habitat within the park supports at least 25 mammal, 200 bird, 13 fish, 2 amphibian, and 1 
reptile species. Large ungulates such as moose, and mule and whitetail deer, browse along the river edges, 
the wetlands, and other open areas in the park. The park is an important winter range for them. Black bear 
are abundant throughout, and grizzlies have been sighted. Coyotes and wolves range widely. Fur-bearing 
mammals such as beaver, muskrat, fisher, marten and weasel find suitable habitat along the rivers and in 
the wetlands. 

Crummy Lake is an important waterfowl area, and geese and cranes use the river for staging in the fall. 
Species of grouse, owl, and woodpeckers find suitable habitat in the mixedwoods. Numerous species of 
small songbirds nest in the aspen and willow areas. 

Of the fish, goldeye, northern pike and walleye are the most common. Wood frogs, boreal chorus fi-og and 
garter snakes occupy wetland edge habitats. 

Biophysical Units 

For the purposes of a more detailed description, this large and diverse park has been divided into the 
following biophysical units: rivers (open water, bars and shores, islands); valley sides (terrace complexes, 
slump slope complex, linear wetland); and upland (poorly drained uplands, well drained upland) (Loomis 
and Bradley 1978). Vegetation and wildlife are discussed under each of these units. 


Open water 

Aquatic vegetation in both the Peace and the Notikewin Rivers is minimal because of the swift currents. 
Thirteen species of fish are expected to be present in the Peace and Notikewin Rivers; the most common 
reported catches are northern pike and walleye. 


Bars and Shores 

Transitory bars and shores are silt and gravel deposits on the upstream side of islands in the Peace River 
and at the mouth of the Notikewin, fonned because of fluctuating flow regimes. They are visible when river 
levels are low in summer and fall. 

Vegetation communities here are characterized by a sparseness of ground cover, but a diversity of plant 
species take advantage of the lack of competition because of periodic flooding. Many of them are 
introduced annual herbs, such as sweet clover, tansy mustard, common plantain, and annual hawksbeard. 
Colonizing grass species include quack grass, brome, Canada wild rye and foxtail barley. Sandbar willow 
and Mackenzie's willow are abundant on the inshore of beaches and on the high points of bars where 
flooding is less frequent. 

Most of the large mammals in the area come down to the rivers to drink, leaving their tracks as evidence. 
Canada geese nest in the sparse vegetation on the shores, and use the dry channels between the islands and 
the mainland as a staging area in the fall. Sandhill cranes have also been noted to use the sandbars during 
migration. Shorebirds include the spotted sandpiper. 


The islands have been formed by the fluvial processes of the rivers. Vegetation on them exhibit a variety of 
successional stages, from pioneering sandbar willow communities to mature white spruce communities. 
Plant community succession on the islands has not been disrupted by fire as on the mainland, although 
stages probably correlate with depth of water table and flood frequency. 

The upstream ends of the larger islands and the smaller islands are dominated by willow communities. 
Species associated with these willows are common horsetail, hair grass, Indian hemp, evening primrose, 
hedge nettle and sow thistle. Farther inshore willows intermix with river alder and balsam poplar. Often 
large piles of debris from flooding disrupt the vegetation cover in this habitat. 

Above the flood line, the willow communities mix with varying proportions of wolf willow, dogwood, rose, 
river alder and young balsam poplar. The sparse herb cover includes horsetail, Canada wild rye, reed grass, 
veiny meadow rue, and sweet-scented bedstraw. As one goes farther inshore willows become less abundant 
and the balsam poplar increase in size. 

On larger islands mature balsam poplar are mixed with aspen, paper birch and white spruce. Shrubs 
include river alder and willow, dogwood, high-bush cranberry, rose, wild red raspberry. The herb 
understory includes common horsetail, woodland strawberry, dewberry, lily-of-the-valley, wintergreen, 
bishop's cap and twin flower. Fern Island, at the mouth of the Notikewin, is unique to the region in that it 
supports a mature balsam poplar stand with a cover of one meter high ostrich ferns. 

The larger islands support, mainly towards their downstream ends, mixedwood stands dominated by mature 
white spruce. In these stands with a tall, dense canopy the shrub and herb layers are sparse, although 
feather mosses thrive here on rotting deadfall. Logging has occurred on Checkerboard Island and, in the 
logged areas, marsh reed grass thrives. 

Many bird species use the varied habitats on these islands. Canada warblers, yellow warblers and song 
sparrows frequent the willow fringes. American redstarts, least flycatchers and Swainson's thrushes use the 
balsam poplar woods, and hermit thrushes, boreal chickadees, western tanagers, bay-breasted warblers and 
golden-crowned kinglets reside in the mature mixedwoods. Pileated woodpeckers are also present. 


Moose and deer browse on the islands, as the dry channels between the mainland and many of the islands in 
late summer and fall allow easy access. 

Valley Side 


Vegetation on the terraces is complex because of the varying factors of slope, aspect, soil, drainage, and 
fire and biological interaction. 

The lower terraces immediately above the riverbanks largely support lush balsam poplar stands with 
understories of western shining willow, beaked willow, dogwood, Indian hemp, rose, and horsetail. In the 
depressions of old channels balsam poplar decreases and willow and rose increase. Birch, with an 
understory of wild sarsaparilla, enters the canopy on well-drained, sandy sites. White spruce on the lower 
terraces is associated with seepage areas and streams. 

Much of the middle terraces are aspen dominated, with variation in age and understory governed by the fire 
history and moisture regime. The sections burned within the last 50 years support pure dense stands of 
aspen. The shrub understory is composed of beaked willow, rose, snowberry, buffalo berry; common herbs 
are hairy wild rye, peavine, asters, veiny meadow rue and wild lily-of-the-valley. 

In areas of the middle and upper terraces which are not aspen dominated, vegetation can be correlated with 
the moisture regime. In fairly damp sites a mixedwood community of balsam poplar, paper birch, white 
spruce and aspen occurs. In these areas a dense shrub cover of rose, saskatoon, low-bush cranberry, 
spreading dogbane, buffaloberry and wild red raspberry can be found, while the herb cover includes hairy 
wild rye, fireweed, peavine, showy aster, wild sarsaparilla and wild lily-of-the-valley. 

Wet communities are sparse here, except for the linear wetland on an upper terraces in the southern end of 
the park. This unique wetland includes white spruce feathermoss woods, black spruce-sphagnum moss 
bogs and willow-sedge marshes. 

Dryer sites are associated with well-drained, sandy soils. Jackpine is the key component of this community 
type, alone or in association with aspen, balsam poplar and white spruce. Ground cover is often lichens and 
mosses, grasses include hairy wild rye and rice grass, herbs and low shrubs include cut-leaved anemone, 
wild lily-of-the-valley, bluebell, early blue violet, wild strawberry, northern bedstraw. 

The terraces provide the greatest diversity of habitat within the park for animals and birds. Mule deer and 
moose range throughout, with moose browsing fairly intensively on the willows along the riverbank in 
winter. Black bear frequent the area. Porcupine, snowshoe hare, red squirrel, chipmunk, and northern flying 
squirrel are also present. 

Hairy, downy and pileated woodpeckers and yellow-bellied sapsuckers, ruffed grouse, blue jay, red-eyed 
vireo, ovenbird, nighthawks, evening grosbeaks, purple finches, pine siskins, common flickers, red breasted 
nuthatch, hermit thrush, solitary vireo, and a variety of hawks are all seen on these terraces. 

Slump Slopes 

Slump slopes are formed as a result of incising by the rivers and movement of ground and surface water. 
Most of these areas are steep and composed of unstable soils, and in some places are subject to annual 
slumping. One slump area is the creek valley which contains the access road to the campsite. The banks of 


the Notikewin are also slump areas, as well as the western bank of the Peace except for the terrace 

The small alluvial flats in this unit support lush stands of white spruce, balsam poplar and paper birch; 
most of the spruce on the flats along the Notikewin River has been logged. Generally the understory is rich 
with river alder, western shining willow, dogwood, baneberry, high and low bush cranberry and currants. 
Herbs include horsetail, wild sarsaparilla, woodland strawberry, wintergreen and bishop's cap. 

Most of the slopes and small terraces within the slump areas are covered in aspen and/or paper birch, with 
some white spruce. Generally a dense shrub understory includes beaked willow, river alder, pincherry, 
dogwood, beaked hazelnut, rose, snowberry, prickly red raspberry, saskatoon berry, Indian hemp, low-bush 
cranberry, buffaloberry and twining honeysuckle. A sparser herb cover could include hairy wild rye, showy 
aster, wild sarsaparilla, common horsetail, fireweed peavine, wild vetch, fairy bells, northern bedstraw, 
bunchberry, wintergreen, wild lily-of-the-valley and woodland strawberry. 

Clearings are common on steep south-facing slopes. Shrubs on these slopes - rose, saskatoon berry, 
snowberry spreading dogbane, choke cherry - are generally stunted. Grasses are abundant, and include 
bearded wheat grass, northern awnless brome, hairy wild rye, June grass and porcupine grass. 
Characteristic herbs are sagewort, smooth aster, goldenrod, northern bedstraw, bluebell, common yarrow, 
Pennsylvanian cinquefoil, and blue-eyed grass. In recent slump sites 4 species of sage, 2 species of wheat 
grass, showy locoweed and goldenrod are the chief colonizers. 

The mixedwoods on the lower sections of the slump areas harbor hairy woodpeckers, yellow-bellied 
sapsuckers, Swainson's thrushes, western wood peewees and yellow-rumped warblers. The aspen woods on 
the valley slopes also provide habitat for ruffed grouse, blue jays, oven birds and American redstarts. The 
large mammals of the park - black bear, moose, mule deer, wolves - range through the area. 

Linear Wetland 

The linear wetland is an abandoned drainage channel of post-glacial times. Beaver dams have created an 
assemblage of swamp, fen and bog wetlands here. 

Swamps are defined as wooded wetlands where standing to gently flowing water occurs seasonally or 
persists for long periods on the surface. Vegetation in these swamps is tall willows with an understory of 
mosses, sedges and marsh reed grass. Scattered shrubs and herbs characteristic of this community type are 
skunk currant, wild black currant, marsh marigold, tufted loosestrife, and common skullcap. 

Fens are peatlands which can be treed, shrubby or open. Water source is mineral rich ground water 
(alkaline), with slow internal drainage. These fens are hummocky with a thick mat of mosses and sedges. 
Characteristic herbs include marsh cinquefoil, dwarf raspberry and bedstraw. Predominant shrubs include 
swamp birch, bog willow, and flat-leaved willow. 

Bogs are peatlands of standing water, fairly acidic because rainwater maintains the water table. A portion 
of the wetlands in this area take on the characteristics of a bog as the hummocks are covered with 
sphagnum mosses and shrubs such as Labrador tea and bog cranberry. 

Scattered dry islands within the wetland support tall spruce and tamarack. Understory is northern green 
orchid, blunt-leaved orchid, and feathermosses and horsetails. 


The wetlands provide habitat for an abundance of aquatic insects, wood frogs and boreal chorus frogs. 
Birds present include red-winged blackbird, rusty blackbird, Tennessee warbler, black and white warbler, 
yellowthroat, Lincoln's sparrow and swanip sparrow, common snipe, olive-sided flycatchers, boreal 
chickadees, ruby-crowned kinglets and red crossbills. Moose browse the willows, and beaver are present. 


Upland areas in the park are those lands to the west of the Peace River which are above the terraces and the 
slump slopes. This area is covered with ground moraine, and is subdivided into poorly-drained and well- 
drained uplands. 

Poorly-drained Uplands 

Basically, the poorly drained uplands contain a higher percentage of fine ground moraine materials; more 
them 50% of it is wetlands. It comprises most of the uplands in the park. 

In the drier sections, of these poorly-drained uplands aspen woods, spruce woods and mixed aspen and 
spruce woods predominate. The wetter depression areas are marshes, swamps and bogs, where black 
spruce, tamarack and willows are present. 

Crummy Lake is the largest depression in this unit, and is the only extensive body of open water. This 
shallow lake is ringed with floating moss mats, patches of cattails and northern reed grass. Farther inshore 
are herbs such as marsh cinquefoil, common skullcap, fleshy stitchwort, and water parsnip, and bog birch 
and willows. Surrounding Crummy Lake are extensive black spruce bogs. Typical understory vegetation is 
sphagnum moss with white patches of lichen, cotton grass, three-leaved Solomon's seal, Labrador tea, 
cloudberry, bog cranberry and small bog cranberry, and blueberry. 

Many other depressions in this unit support marshes, grassy wet areas which are periodically inundated 
with water up to a depth of 2 meters. Characteristic vegetation in these areas is tall sedges, northern reed 
grass, skullcap, yellow avens, stinging nettle and water parsnip. Less moist depressions support thickets of 
river alder and balsam poplar. The understory under the dense canopy in these thickets is sparse, consisting 
of wild sarsaparilla, tall mertensia, palmate-leaved coltsfoot and low-bush cranberry. Occasionally 
communities of white spruce encircle the thickets - they have escaped burning in recent fires. 

Aspen woods cover the largest area in this unit. The composition of these woods varies with age of stand 
(directly related to fire history) and drainage. Recently burned stands have a characteristic understory of 
rose, hairy wild rye, fireweed, peavine and showy aster. Older stands typically have some young white 
spruce, a sparse tall shrub layer of beaked willow, a moderately dense shrub layer of rose, prickly red 
raspberry, snowberry and low-bush cranberry, and a moderately dense herb layer of hairy wild rye, fringed 
brome, showy aster, sumiing raspberry, wild lily-of-the-valley, wild sarsaparilla and wild strawberry. 

Crummy Lake was dry in the late 1950s and was homesteaded, but since then it has become too wet for 
agricultural purposes and the land reverted to the crown. It supports an abundance of waterfowl including 
mallard, gadwall, America widgeon, blue-winged teal, ring-necked duck, common goldeneye, ruddy duck, 
and American coot. Other marsh birds include sora and long-billed marsh wren. Birds present in the 
wetlands include Say's phoebe, alder flycatcher, cedar waxwing, yellow warbler, rusty blackbird, fox 
sparrow, Lincoln's sparrow and swamp sparrow. The black spruce bogs have a lower diversity of fauna - 
the olive-sided flycatcher is characteristic. The aspen woods supports ruffed grouse, least flycatcher, 
western wood peewee, black-capped chickadee, red-eyed vireo, ovenbird and white-throated sparrow. Mule 
deer favor the more open deciduous areas over denser coniferous stands, and marten, fisher and weasel 
probably range throughout. 


Well-drained Uplands 

This is a small unit of land between the Peace and Notikewin Rivers above the northern terrace complex. It 
is covered with a fairly homogeneous middle-aged aspen forest community. Understory consists of a dense 
shrub layer of buffaloberry, rose, lowbush-cranberry, snowberry and dogwood, and a thin herb layer of 
fireweed, northern bedstraw, bunchberry, twin flower, showy aster, wild sarsaparilla, wild lily-of-the-valley 
and tall mertensia. This area was probably burned in the early 1900s. 

Birds of the upland aspen woods are ruffed grouse, least flycatcher, black-capped chickadee, house wren, 
robin, red-eyed vireo, dark-eyed j unco and white-throated sparrow. Mule deer browse the open aspen 

Appendix B Summary of Public Input 

At the beginning of the planning process, the public was asked for input through questionnaires and 
through letters sent to stakeholders. Forty questionnaires and 1 1 letters were returned. The following is a 
summary of this input, organized under the following headings. 


• For many people the distance of the park from the highway is a deterrent for visiting the park. 

• The secondary road to the park is not completely paved; and the secondary road to the south end is 
not paved at all. This deters those with trailers, etc. who prefer to travel on pavement. 

• Many people feel the gravel access road down to the river is not reliable in wet weather. People are 
afraid to take campers, RVs down to the river for fear of not being able to get back up should there 
be rain. 

• Most visitors are day visitors. Some are worried about camping overnight because of bears. 

• Facilities such as hot showers, heated washroom buildings, sewer hookups, electrical hookups, on 
average were not as important to visitors as access to cold running water and dry split firewood. 
The most important attributes of the park were the wilderness setting, the quiet and feeling of 
privacy, access to river, and the opportunity for outdoor activities. 

• A boat launch was important in order to access the Peace River for boating and fishing. 

• Some suggested developing facilities at the south end of the park; others suggested that the south 
end remain undeveloped. 

Heritage Appreciation Services 

• Most respondents were interested in some interpretation or environmental education services, 
perhaps only occasionally. Interpretative trails interested the majority of people, followed by 
children's programs. However, others wondered if the expense of these services was worth it, or 
even necessary. 


• Most respondents agreed that a main objective of the park should be protection of its natural 
environment, but this should be balanced with opportunities for visitor use. Some felt that the 
wilderness setting of the park was its most important feature, while others felt it was useless as a 
park because of its low visitation. 


• Most felt that forest fires should not be allowed to bum freely. Controlled fire was an acceptable 
way to manage the forest. 

• The number of people who agreed and disagreed that insect infestations should be allowed to run 
their course were equal, as was the number who agreed and disagreed about the use of pesticides, 
tree removal, etc. to manage these infestations. 

• Most people felt that the presence of wildlife in the park is a sign of the quality of the natural 

• Most also felt that the park is being protected successfijlly for the future. 
Promotion of the Park 

• Many people felt the park was not promoted enough, and that more local/regional/provincial 
promotion could possibly increase use of the park. There were others who felt that the distance 
from the highway, the rustic facihties, and the gravel roads were deterrents to visitors, and tourism 
to the area would be difficult to increase. 

• To increase interest among local people, special events and holding local functions at the park were 

Appendtx C Management Issues 

The following chart lists issues raised by the public during the public participation process and indicates 
where in the plan they are addressed. Often the issues are mentioned in several places, but the reference 
given is the main one: 


Where it is addressed in management plan 

Backcountry facilities 

5.3 Outdoor Recreation. Page 16 

Bear management 

5.1 Preservation. Page 12 

Berry picking 

5.3 Outdoor Recreation. Page 16 

Boat launch 

5.3 CXitdoor Recreation. Page 16 

Community involvement/stewardship in 

5.3 Outdoor Recreation Page 16 
7.2 Local Community. Page 20 

Entrepreneurial activities in park 

5.3 (Outdoor Recreation. Page 16 
5. 4. Heritage Tourism. Page 18. 

Forest management 

- fire management 

- use of pesticides 

5.1 Preservation. Page 12 

Infonnation about the park 

5.2 Heritage Appreciation Page 15 
5.4 Heritage Tourism. Page 18 

Interpretatiou/infonnation services 

5.2 Heritage Appreciation. Page 15 

Main objectives of park 

5.1 F'reservation. F'age 12 

5.2 Heritage Appreciation. Page 15 

5.3 Outdoor Recreation Page 16 

5.4 Heritage Tourism. Page 18 

Maintaining the natural enviromnent of 

5.1. Preservation F'age 12 

Resource extraction 

6.2 Dispositions. F'age 19 

Roads in the park 

5.39 Outdoor Recreation. F'age 16 

Signs in park, on way to park 

5.2 Heritage Appreciation. Page 15 

Tourism promotion of park 

5.4 Heritage Tourism F'age 18 


Appendix D Plants foMHCi in Nottkewirt Provincial Parte 

This list of vascular plants was compiled from: Mueller, Bradley and Brown 1973 Proposed Notikewin Park, 
Ecological Survey and Analysis for Park Development. This list has since been added to by park staff 
Other references were: 

EH. Moss 1959 Flora of Alberta. University of Toronto Press 

Budd, A.C. 1957 Wild Plants of the Canadian Prairies. Canada Dept. Agriculture 

D. Johnson, L. Kershaw, A. MacKinnon and J. Pojar. 1995 Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen 
Parkland. Lone Pine Press. 


Balsam fir 

Abies balsamea. 

White birch 

Betula papyrifera 


Larix laricina 

White Spmce 

Picea ^lauca 

Black spmce 

Picea mariana 

Jack pine 

Pinus banksiana 

Lodgepole pine 

Pinus contorta 

Balsam poplar 

Populus baisamifera 

Black poplar 

Populus trichocarpa 


Populus tremuloides 

Tall Shrubs 

Green alder 

A In us crispa 

River alder 

Alnus tenufalia 

Saskatoon berry 

Amclanchier alnifolia. 

Pin cherrv 

Prunus pensylvanica 

Peach -leaf willow 

Salix amy^daloidcs 

Beaked willow 

Salix bebbiana. 

Hoarv willow 

Salix Candida 

Pussy willow 

Salix discolor. 

Sandbar willow 

Salix interior 

Yellow willow 

Salix lutea 

Velvet-fniited willow. 

Salix maccalliana 

also MacCall's willow 

Mackenzie's willow 

Salix mackenzieana, also 

Salix rigida 

Basket willow 

Salix petiolaris 

Flat-leaved willow 

Salix planifolia 

Autumn willow 

Salix .serissima 

Salix spp. 

High-bush cranberry 

l ib urn urn trilobum 

Medium Shrubs 

Swamp birch 

Betula pumila 

Red osier dogwood 

( \)rnus stolonifera 

Beaked hazelnut 

(\)rvlus cornuta 

Silvcrbcrry. also Wolf- 

Flaeagn us comniutata 


Labrador lea 

Ledum i^rociildiidicu/n Oedcr 

Twining honeysuckle 

Lonicera dioica var. 

Bracted honeysuckle 

Lonicera involucrata 


Prunus virginiana 

Skunk currant 

Ribes glandulosum 

Northern gooseberry 

Ribes hirtellum. 

Northern black currant 

Ribes hudsonianuni 

Briskly black currant 

Ribes lacustre 

Wild red currant 

Ribes triste 

Ribes sp. 

Prickly rose 

Rosa acicularis. 

Low prairie rose 

Rosa arkansana 

Common wild rose 

Rosa woodsii 

Wild red raspberry 

Rubus strigosus 

Myrtle leaved willow 

Salix myrtillifolia 

Bog willow 

Salix pedicellaris 

Canada buffaloberrv 

Shepherdia canadensis 


Symphoricarpos occidentalis 


Symphoricarpos albus 

Common blueberry 

I' acciniuni myrtilloides 

Low bush cranberry 

Viburnum edule. 

Low Shrubs 

Common bearberry 

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 

Creeping juniper 

Juniperus horizontalis 

Small bog cranberry 

Oxycoccos microcarpus 

Dwarf raspberry 

Rubus acaulis 


Rubus chamaemorus 


Rubus pubescens 

Dwarf bilberry 

Vaccinium caespitosum 

Bog cranberry 

Vaccinium vitis-idaea 


Male feni 

Drvopteris fdix-mas 

Narrow spinulose shield 

Dryopteris spinulosa 


Ostrich fern 

Matteucia struthiopteris 


Common horsetail 

Equisctum arvense 

Swamp horsetail 

Ecpiisctuni fJuviatile 

Conunon scouring-rush 

lujuiselum hycntale 

Common scouring-msh 

Equisetum hyemale 

Smooth scoiiring-rush 

Equisetum laevigatum 

Marsh horsetail 

Equisetum po lustre 

Meadow horsetail 

Equisetum pratense 

Dwarf scouring rush 

Equisetum scirpoides 

Variegated horsetail 

Equisetum variegatum 


Ground cedar 

Lycopodium complanatum 

Little club moss 

Selaginella densa 

Grasses, Sedges and Ru 


Slender-wheat grass 

Agropyron canlinum (L.) 

Beardless wheat grass 

Agropyron inerme 

Quack grass 

Agropyron repens 

Bearded wheat grass 

Agropyron subsecundum 

Slender wheat grass 

Agropyron trachycaulum 

Hair grass 

Agrostis scabra 

Slough grass 

Beckmannia syzigachne 

Fringed brome 

Bromus ciliatus 

Awnless brome 

Bromus inermis 

Northern awnless brome 

Bromus pumpellianus 

Marsh reed grass 

Calamagrostis canadensis 

Northern reed grass 

Calamagrostis inexpansa 

Narrow reed grass 

Calamagrostis neglecta 

Pine grass 

Calamagrostis rubescens 

Water sedge 

Carex aquatilis 

Awned sedge 

Carex atherodes 

Golden sedge 

Carex aurea 

Brownish sedge 

Carex brunnescens 

Hair-like sedge 

Carex capillaris 

Two-stamened sedge, also 
lesser panicled sedge 

Carex diandra 

Two-seeded sedge 

Carex disperma 

Hay sedge 

Carex foenea 

Nortliem bog sedge, also 

vpl1r>\A/ hno Cf^rlop> 

Carex gynocrates 

Beaked sedge 

Carex rostrata 

Broom sedge 

Carex scoparia 

Carex spp. 

Tufted hair grass 

Deschampsia caespitosa 

Creeping spike-rush 

Eleocharis palustris 

Canada wild rye 

Elvmus canadensis 

Hairy wild rye 

Elvmus innovatus 

One-spike cotton-grass 

Eriophorum scheuchzeri 

Sheathed cotton-grass 

Eriophorum vaginatum 

Sweet grass 

Hierochloe odorata 

Foxtail barley 

Hordeum jubatum 

Alpine nish 

Juncus alpinus 

Wire aish 

Juncus balficus 

Toad nish 

Juncus bufonius 

White-grained mountain 

Oryzopsis asperifolia 

rice grass 

Northern rice grass 

Orvzopsis pungens 

> r r c 

Reed canary grass 

Phalaris arundinacea 

Conunon reed grass 


Phragmites communis 


Phleum pratense 

Inland bluegrass 


Poa interior 

Kentucky bluegrass 

Poa pratensis 

Fowl bluegrass 

Poa palustris 

Poa sp. 

False melic 

Schizachne purpurascens 

Three-square rush 

Scripus americanus 

Small-fruited bulrush 

Scirpus microcarpus 

Common great bulrush 

Scirpus validus 

Porcupine grass 

Stipa spartea 

Arrow grass 

Triglochin maritima 

Water Plants 

Mares tail 

Hippuris vlugaris 

Common duckweed 

Lemna minor 

Lemna sp. 

Water smartweed 

Polygonum amphibium 

Long-spiked water 

Polygonum coccineum 

Common cattail 

Typha latifolia 


Common yarrow 

Achillea millefolium . 

Many-flowered yarrow 

Achillea sibirica 


Actaea rubra. 

Nodding onion 

Allium cernum 

Fairy candelabra 

Androsace septentriorolis 

Canada anemone 

Anemone canadensis 

Cut-leaved anenome 

Anenome multifida 

Prairie crocus 

Anenome patens 

Broad-leaved pussytoes 

Antennaria neglecta. 

Small-leaved pussytoes 

Antennaria nitida 

Spreading dogbane 


Indian hemp 

Apocynum cannabinum 

Blue columbine 

Aquilegia brevistyla 

Hairy rock cress 

Arab is ta 

Wild sarsparilla 

Aral i a nudicaulis 

Blunt-leaved sandwort 

Arenaria lateriflora 


Arenoria sp. 

Blunt-leaved sandwort 

Arenaria lateriflora 

Biennial sagewort 

Artemesia biennis 

Plains wormwood 

A rtemesia campe.stris 


Artemesia dracunculus 

Pasture sagewort 

A rteme.sia frigida 

Herriot's sage 

Artemesia herriotii 


Long-leaved sage 

Attc tn Qsici lo n^ijo lici 

Artemesia sp. 

Lindley's aster 

Aster ciliolatus. 

Shovvy aster 

Aster conspicuus. 

Tiifted white prairie aster 

Aster ericoides L. var. 
commutatus, 2Aso Aster 

Western willow aster 

Aster hesperius. 

Rush aster 

Aster junciformis 

Smooth aster 

Aster laevis var. geyri. 

Purple-stemmed aster 

Aster puniceus. 

Arctic aster 

Aster sibiricus 

Aster subspicatus Nees Var. 

American milk vetch 

Astragalus frigidus var. 

Loose-flowered milk 

Astragalus tenellus 

Astragalus sp. 

Nodding beggarticks 

Bidens cernua 


Brassica campestris 

Yellow marsh marigold 

Caltha palustris 

Common harebell 

Campanula rotundiflolia 

Shepherd's purse 

Capsella bursa-pastoris 

Purple Indian paint-brush 

Castilleja raupii 

Indian paint-brush 

Castilleja sp. 

Mouse-eared chickweed 

Cerastium arvense 

Lamb's quarters 

Chenopodium album 

Strawberry blite 

Chenopodium capitatun 

Oak-leaved goosefoot 

Chenopodium glaucum 

Narrow-leaved goosefoot 

Chenopodium leptophyllum 


Cicuta douglasii 

Enchanter's nightshade 

Circaea alpina 

Blue clematis 

Clematis verticellaris var. 

Northern bastard toad- 
flax, also Northern 

Comandra livida, also 
Geocaulon tivedum 

Bastard toad-flax, also 
pale comandra 

Comandra pallida 


Cornus canadensis L. 

Golden corydalis 

Corydalis aurea 

Scapose hawksbeard 

Crepis runcinata 

Annual hawksbeard 

C rep is tec to rum 

Sparrow's egg lady 

Cypripedium passerinum 

Tall larkspur 

Delphinium glacum 

Tansy mustard 

Descurainia sophia 

Fairy bells 

Disporum trachycarpum 

Fire weed 

Epilobium angustifolium 

Nortliem willowherb 

Epilobium glandulosum 

Northern daisy fleabane, 
also bitter fleabane 

Erigeron acris 


Erigeron canadensis 

Smooth fleabane 

Erigeron glabellus 

Philadelphia fleabane 

Erigeron philadelphicus 

Erigeron pumilus 

Wormseed mustard 

Erysimum cheiranthoides 

Small-flowered rocket 

Erysimum inconspicuum 

Joe-pye weed 

Eupatorium purpureum var. 

Wild strawberry 

Fragaria glauca Var. 

Woodland strawberry 

Fragaria vesca 

Wild strawberry 

Fragaria virginiana 

Hemp nettle 

Galeopsis tetrahit 

Nortliern bedstraw 

Galium boreale 

Labrador bedstraw 

Galium labradoricum 

Small bedstraw 

Galim trifidum 

Sweet-scented bedstraw 

Galium triflorum 


Gentianella amarella 

Bickiiell's geranium 

Geranium bicknellii 

Yellow avens 

Geum allepicum 

Low cudweed 

Gnaphalium uligonosum 

Lesser rattlesnake- 

Goodyera repens 

Northern green orchid 

Habenaria hyperborea 

Blunt-leaved orchid 

Habenaria obtusata 

Bracted orchid 

Habenaria viridis 

Northern hedysarum 

Hedysarum boreale 

Alpine hedysanun 

Hedysarum alpinum 

Canada hawkweed 

Hieracium canadense 

Narrow-leaved hawkweed 

Hieracium umbellatum 

Common blue lettuce 

Lactuca pulchella 

Yellow pea-vine 

Lathyrus ochroleucus 

Purple pea-vine 

Lathyrus venosus var. 

Western wood lily 

Lilium philadelphicum 

Twin flower 

Linnaea borealis 

Northern twayblade 

Listera borealis 

Heart-leaved twayblade 

Listera cordata 

Tufted loosestrife 

Lysimachia thyrsifolia 

Wild lily-of-the-valley 

Maianthemum canadense 


Medicago safiva 


Melampyrum lineare 

White sweet clover 

Melilotus alba 

Yellow sweet clover 

Melilotus officianalis 

Wild mint 

.Menta arvensis 

Tall mertensia 

Mertensia paniculata 

Bishop's cap 

Mitella nuda 

One-flowered wintergreen unifolrn 


Plains muhly 

Muhlenbergia cuspidata 

Bog muhly 

Muhlenbergia glomerata 

Yellow evening primrose 

Oenothera biennis 

Round-leaved orchid 

Orchis rotundifolia 

Reflexed loco-weed 

Oxytropis deflexa 

Showy loco-weed 

Oxytropis splendens 

G rass-of-Pamassus 

Parnassia palustris 

Labrador lousewort 

Pedicularis labradorica 

Lilac-flowered beard- 

Pentstemon gracilis 

Palmate-leaved coltsfoot 

Petasites palmatus 

Arrow-leaved coltsfoot 

Petasites sagittatus 

Vine-leaved coltsfoot 

Petasites vitifolius 

Common plaintain 

Plantago major 

Common knotweed 

Polygonum aviculare 

Lady's thumb 

Polygonum persicaria 


Potentilla anserina 

Rough cinquefoil 

Potentilla norvegica 

Marsh cinquefoil 

Potentilla palustris 

Prairie cinquefoil 

Potentilla pensylvanica 

Brook cinquefoil 

Potentilla rivalus 

Potentilla sp. 

Common pink 

Pyrola asarifolia 

White wintergreen 

Pyrola elliptica 

Lesser wintergreen 

Pvrola minor 

One-sided wintergreen 

Pyrola secunda 


Pyrola virens 

Shore buttercup 

Ranunculus cymbalarias 

Yellow water crowfoot 

Ranunculus gmelinii 

Lapland buttercup 

Ranunculus lapponicus 

Macoun's buttercup 

Ranunculus macounii 

Celery-leaved buttecup 

Ranunculus sceleratus 

Yellow cress 

Rorippa islandica 

Golden dock 

Rumex maritimus 

Narrow-leaved dock 

Rumex mexicanus 

Western dock 

Rumex occidentalis 

Marsh ragwort 

Senecio congestus 

Rayless ragwort 

Senecio indecorus 

Balsam groundsel 

Senecio pauperculus 

Common groundsel 

Senecio vulgaris 

Tall hedge mustard 

Sisymbrium loeselii 

Common blue-eyed grass 

Sisyrinchium montanum 

Water parsnip 

Sium suave 

False Solomon's seal 

Smilacina racemosa 

Star-flowered Solomon's 

Smilacina stellata 

Three-leaved Solomon's 

Smilacina trifolia 


Solidago gigantea 


So I idago m issouriensis 

Smooth perennial sow 

Sonchus arvensis 


Prickly sow thistle 

Sonchus asper 

Perennial sow thisUe 

Sonchus uliginasus 

Sonchus sp. 

Ladies tresses 

Spiranthes romanzoffiana 

Hedge netUe 

St achy s palustris 

Fleshy stitchwort 

Stellaria crassifolia 

Long-leaved chickweed 

Stellaria longifolia 

Long-stalked chickweed 

Stellaria longipes 

Common dandelion 

Taraxacum officinale 

Veiny meadow rue 

Thalictrum venulosum 

Northern starflower 

Trientalis borealis 


Trientalis europaea 

Common nettle 

Urtica gracilis 

American brooklime 

Veronica americana 

Hairy speedwell 

Veronica peregrina 

American vetch 

Vicia americana 

I 'icia sp. 

Early blue violet 

Viola odunca 

Bog violet 

Viola nephrophila 

Marsh violet 

Viola palustris 

Western Canada violet 

Viola rugulosa 


A ulacomnium sp. 

Wavy dicranum 

Dicranum undulatum 

Drepanocladus hypnum 

Drepanocladus sp. 

Stair-step moss 

Hylocomium splendens 

Plagiomnium sp. 

Red-stemmed feather 

Pleurozium schreberi 


Jimiper hair-cap moss 

Polytrichum Juniperinum 

Knight's pliun heatlier 

Ptilium crista-castrensis 


Tomenthypnum sp. 


A lectori a sp 

Powdered sunshine 

( 'etraria pinastri 

( 'etraria sp 

Raindeer lichen 

( ladma sp 

( ladonia alpestris 

Horn cladonia 

Cladonia cornuta 

Deformed cup 

Cladonia deformis 

Brown-foot cladonia 

Cladonia gracilis 

Whorled cup lichen 

Cladonia verticillata 

False pixie-cup 

( ladonia chlorophaea 

Parmelia sp. 

Freckle pelt 

Peltigera aphthoso 

Frog pelt 

Peltigera polydactyla 


Rough pelt 

Peltigera scabrosa 

Ramalina sp. 

Stereocaulon sp. 

Usnea sp 


False morel 

Tme morel 

Morchella sp 

Filamentous algae 

Bear's head fungus 

Hydnum sp 

Rare Plants in the Park 

Below is a table of rare plant species which have been identified in tJie park. These species are identified as rare 

and ranked by tlie Alberta Natural Heritage Inventory Center (ANHIC Plant Species of Special Concern July 

1998). Rankings are S= Alberta ranking, G=global ranking. 

G 1 S 1 - 5 or less occurrences or only a few remaining individuals 

02 S2 - 6-20 occurrences or with many individuals in fewer occurrences 

G3 S3 - 2 1-100 occurrences, may be rare and local throughout its range, or in a restricted range 

G4 S4 - apparently secure under present conditions, typically less than 100 occurrences but may be fewer with 

many large populations, may be rare in parts of its range, especially peripherally. 

G5 S5 - Demonstrably secure under present conditions, more than 100 occurrences, may be rare in parts of its 
range, especially peripherally. 

GU SU - Status uncertain often because of low search effort or cryptic nature of the element, possibly in peril, 
unrankable, more infonnation needed.. 

Common Name 

Beaked sedge 
Broom sedge 

One-spike cotton grass 

Latin Name 

Carex rostrata 
Carex scoparia 
Chenopodium leptophyllum 

Eriophonim scheuchzeri 

General Loeation 

S2, G5 Wetlands 

S 1 , 05 Moist grounds 

SU, G5 Dry ground, often sandy areas 

S2S3, 05 Boggy ground 


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