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Rumsey Ecological Reserve

Information: 403-742-7516
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  Hiking - Backcountry
  Wildlife Viewing

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. There are no facilities on this site.
  • Access: There are no public roads in the Reserve. Public travel is restricted to foot only.
  • Please contact current leaseholder prior to entering the reserve. Leaseholder contact information is available from Public Lands at 403-340-5451
  • Birding: Grassland species include Spragues pipit, upland sandpiper and Baird's sparrow. Aspen woodlands are home to red-eyed vireo and northern oriole. There are mallards and killdeer in wetland areas.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Species include white-tailed deer, porcupines, muskrats, chorus frogs and leopard frogs.

Park Management

ClassificationEcological Reserve
LegislationWilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Natural Areas and Heritage Rangelands Act
Park Size8,480 Acres  /  3,431.86 Ha
Legal BoundaryRumsey ER Ecological Reserve
Administration / Information403-742-7516 
Regional OfficeCentral Regional Office
District Office Wainwright
Natural RegionParkland - Central Parkland
Grassland - Northern Fescue 
Natural Region Description

Rumsey Ecological Reserve protects the largest remaining tract of aspen parkland in Canada. Much of the reserve consists of hummocky moraine (knob and kettle) topography. In wet years, the kettles fill with water and the resulting pothole country becomes some of the most productive waterfowl habitat in North America. Spanning the transition between Grassland Natural Region and the central parkland sub-region of Parkland Natural Region, Rumsey Ecological Reserve and Rumsey Natural Area protect plants, birds and mammals at both the northern and southern extent of their ranges. The area contains several flat-topped hills. There are extensive woodlands along the northern boundary, as well as numerous wetlands through the centre of reserve. The most common upland vegetation is rough fescue.

Land Use Framework RegionRed Deer 

Public Safety

Updated: Jun 19, 2017