hide You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of University of Alberta using Archive-It. This page was captured on 16:36:29 Dec 08, 2010, and is part of the HCF Alberta Online Encyclopedia collection. The information on this web page may be out of date. See All versions of this archived page. Loading media information
Heritage Community Foundation Presents
Alberta Online Encyclopedia
Top Left of Navigation Bar The Rocky Mountain Region Title
Species at Risk in AlbertaView our site layout to navigate to specific areasSearch our site for informationObtain help for navigating our sitePlease emails us your questions and comments!View our partners that helped us in this project

Back to Natural Regions Map The Boreal Forest Region
The Canadian Shield Region
The Foothills Region
The Grassland Region
The Parkland Region
The Rocky Mountain Region

Visit Alberta Source!
Visit the Heritage Community Foundation
Visit Canada's Digital Collections


Beehive Natural Area, while only  about 100 kilometres southwest of Calgary, is a jewel of wilderness landscape.  This site is bordered on the west by the Continental Divide and on the east by the upper reaches of the Oldman River.

From the alluvial plains of the Oldman River, to the heights of Mounts Beehive and Lyall, there is a great diversity of habitats.  Alpine tundra, cliffs and rockslides provide a backdrop for extensive old-growth spruce-fir forests.  These forests may be over 1000 years old, with some trees in them as old as 300 years.  Lodgepole pine forest, grassland and moist herb meadows are some of the other habitats.  Rare plant species have been found in a number of locations.

The old-growth forests in Beehive provide excellent habitat for woodpeckers, warblers, pine marten and fisher.  Grizzly and black bear, mule deer and Rocky Mountain goat have been seen here while Elk summer range and bighorn sheep lambing sites are within the Natural Area as well.

Backcountry recreation activities such as hiking, fishing, and cross-country skiing can be undertaken in the Natural Area.  The site's rugged terrain and remote location necessitate that care be exercised when visiting.  However, if you decide to venture out to Beehive, you should be prepared for changeable mountain weather conditions!  

Beehive Natural Area protects an important part of Alberta's wilderness.  Please ensure that your use of the site reflects a respect for the landscape and wildlife and does not damage any of the natural features.

For more information on the Beehive Natural Area see Alberta Environment's online Alberta Wildlife Viewing Guide.

Reprinted with permission from "Alberta's Natural Areas" with permission from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

Albertasource.ca | Contact Us | Partnerships
            For more on the natural history of Alberta, visit Peel’s Prairie Provinces.
Copyright © Heritage Community Foundation All Rights Reserved