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Ghost River Wilderness Area


Ghost River Wilderness Area

Ghost River Wilderness Area
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Ghost River Wilderness Area
Location Bighorn No. 8, Alberta
Nearest city Canmore, Alberta
Established 1967
Governing body Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation
View of home from our verandah in the Ghost River Valley, Alberta. 1970

The Ghost River Wilderness Area is a provincially designated wilderness area in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta.[1] It was established in 1967 and it, as one three Wilderness Areas of Alberta, has the strictest form of government protection available in Canada. All development is forbidden and only travel by foot is permitted. Hunting and fishing are not allowed.[2] The other two Wilderness Areas are White Goat Wilderness Area and Siffleur Wilderness Area and together the three areas total 249,548.80 acres (100,988.82 ha).[3]

Situated west of the city of Calgary and bordering Banff National Park, the Ghost Wilderness spans the area north of the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) along the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains up to the Red Deer River.[4] It lies just slightly north of Lake Minnewanka.[5] Mountains rise to 3,353 metres (11,001 ft). The area has rugged mountains, glacier-carved valleys, mountain lakes, and alpine meadows. There are two distinct vegetation zones. Above 2,100 metres (6,900 ft), the tree line, are grasses, sedges and wildflowers. Below that are subalpine forests of spruce, fir, and lodgepole pine. There are many rare species of butterflies. Animals include Bighorn Sheep, deer, moose, mountain lion, bear, wild horses, and wolves.[1] The area is a world-class venue for ice climbing.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Ghost River Wilderness Area". Alberta Parks. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Hempstead, Andrew (1995). Alberta: Including Banff, Jasper & the Canadian Rockies. Berkeley, CA: Perseus Books. pp. 333–334.  
  3. ^ "Alberta's Protected Areas". Bragg Creek. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ghost River Wilderness Area". Protected Planet. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Ghost River Wilderness Area & Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park". Government of Alberta - Tourism, Parks, and Recreation. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 

External links

  • Alberta Parks
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