hide You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of University of Alberta using Archive-It. This page was captured on 16:36:50 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 The information on this web page may be out of date.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 Parkland Region of Alberta
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

Kleskun Hill

Kleskun Hill rises 100 metres above the plains surrounding the city of Grande Prairie. It is one of the most extensive areas of native upland vegetation remaining in the Peace River portion of the Parkland Natural Region. Within this landscape is the Kleskun Hill natural Area, located approximately 26 kilometres northeast of Grande Prairie.

The original grasslands of this area have been extensively developed for agriculture, as have those in the Parkland Natural Region of central Alberta. Few examples remain today of this northern prairie.  Kleskun Hill natural Area is covered mainly by dry grassland that contains plant species that are rare or at the northernmost limit of their distribution, such as the prickly pear cactus. Aspen groves are contained within the Natural area as well.

Badlands, common in southern Alberta along the Red Deer River, are present in the Natural Area. This is the most northerly occurrence known of such "skeletonized hills" made from soft bedrock that has been eroded over time to expose layers of clays, sands, narrow seams of coal and some fossil-bearing layers.

Kleskun Hill Natural Area is an interesting and beautiful site to visit. Scenic vistas are available from the hilltops, and the badlands and grassland invite exploration by anyone interested in geological formations or Alberta's native plants.

Motorized vehicle use is not permitted within the Natural Area in order to prevent soil erosion and destruction of the vegetation. A picnic site is located in the south end of the area. If you visit this site, please keep the area clean and ensure that your activities do not harm the natural features.

For more information on this wonderful natural site, visit Alberta Environment's online Alberta Wildlife Viewing Guide to Kleskun Hill!

Reprinted with permission from "Alberta's Natural Areas" with permission from Alberta Forestry, Lands and Wildlife.

Albertasource.ca | Contact Us | Partnerships
Copyright © Heritage Community Foundation All Rights Reserved