Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

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Park Management

ClassificationWildland Provincial Park
LegislationProvincial Parks Act
Park Size92,685 Acres  /  37,508 Ha
Legal BoundaryO.C.78/2022
Administration / Information403-673-3663 
Regional OfficeKananaskis Region Regional Office
District OfficeBow-Ghost District
Management PlansKananaskis - Bow Valley Protected Areas Management Plan (2002)
Kananaskis CountryManaging a Complex Landscape
Natural RegionRocky Mountain - Alpine and Sub-alpine
Rocky Mountain - Montane 
Natural Region Description

Bow Valley Wildland Park protects alpine and subalpine landscapes in the north end of Kananaskis Country and contains the area formerly known as Yamnuska Natural Area. The Yamnuska area contains alpine, sub-alpine and boreal forest landscapes. The park contains critical wildlife habitat and movement corridors that enhance the ability of provincial and national park officials to cooperatively manage species that move between Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country. Geological features in the area include the McDonald thrust fault, calcerous spring fen complexes and glacial landforms such as drumlins, eskers, kettles and kames. There are several rare plant and animal species in the area, including the yellow lady's slipper orchid. Bow Valley Wildland Park was established in 1998 and was expanded in size in January 2001. During the management planning process, stakeholders and the general public supported adding most of Bow Flats and all of Yamnuska Natural Area to the park. For more information, view the Bow Valley Protected Areas Management Plan.

Land Use Framework RegionSouth Saskatchewan 
Updated: Oct 31, 2018