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Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve

Information: 403-845-8349

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Day Use



      Interpretive Program

    Note Permitted activities may vary within a park. Please confirm details with park staff.

    • Note: Overnight camping and open fires are prohibited in Ecological Reserves. Two O'Clock Creek Campground, in nearby Kootenay Plains Provincial Recreation Area, provides rustic camping facilities. There are no facilities on this site.
    • Access: Public access in the Reserve is restricted to foot only. (Although not generally allowed, motorized access is occasionally permitted for scientific research.)
    • Background: The Kootenay Plains were visited by David Thompson in the early 1800's. The area has long been important to Aboriginal people; several sundance lodges are located on the plains.
    • Birding: Although there hasn't been a systematic survey in the Ecological Reserve, 65 bird species may occur. Species known or presumed to nest in the area include mallard, common goldeneye, American kestrel, spotted sandpiper, great horned owl, mountain chickadee, boreal chickadee, American robin, Swainson's thrush, mountain bluebird, yellow-rumped warbler, western meadowlark, pine siskin, vesper sparrow, Lincoln's sparrow and white-winged crossbill.
    • Hiking: A walking trail to Siffleur Falls crosses the reserve.

    Park Management

    ClassificationEcological Reserve
    LegislationWilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Natural Areas and Heritage Rangelands Act
    Park Size8,496.8 Acres  /  3,438.66 Ha
    Legal BoundaryKootenay Plains Ecological Reserve
    Administration / Information403-845-8349  
    Regional OfficeCentral Regional Office
    District Office Rocky Mountain House
    Natural RegionRocky Mountain - Montane
    Rocky Mountain - Alpine and Sub-alpine 
    Natural Region Description

    Vegetation includes dry grassland and aspen, lodgepole pine and white spruce forests. Grasslands are dominated by June grass, pasture sage, prairie groundsel and blue flax. Limber pine occurs on exposed ridges and river banks. There is Douglas fir on west-facing slopes above the North Saskatchewan River. More than 60 bird species, 14 mammal species and 2 amphibian species have been recorded. Kootenay Plains also provides important winter range for elk and mule deer.

    Land Use Framework RegionNorth Saskatchewan 

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    Updated: Sep 28, 2018