Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park

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Park Management

ClassificationProvincial Park
LegislationProvincial Parks Act
Park Size3,949.14 Acres  /  1,598.22 Ha
Legal BoundaryDry Island Buffalo Jump PP
Administration / Information403-742-7516 
Regional OfficeCentral Regional Office
District Office Wainwright
Natural RegionParkland - Central Parkland 
Natural Region Description

Dry Island Buffalo Jump is so-named because of a flat-topped mesa called a "dry island" that rises 200 metres above the Red Deer River. In the distance you can see the grassy cliff-top of an ancient buffalo jump. Cree Indians hunted bison here by stampeding them over the high cliffs, providing enough meat, skins and other products to sustain them. The park is a mix of badlands and riparian forests where cacti and other plants typical of Alberta's grasslands are found in proximity to species normally associated with the Boreal Forest Natural Region. Prairie falcons nest on cliff faces in the park.

Land Use Framework RegionRed Deer 




Updated: Jun 12, 2019