Most Albertans are familiar with the Upper and
Lower Foothill regions of their province adjacent to the
Rocky Mountains which, together with the Rockies, are commonly referred to as the Eastern Slopes. Comprised of flat-topped
hills that rise 300 to 600 metres above the surrounding lowlands, the Foothills are not only a region of majestic beauty, they are also home to some of the most interesting
species in the province, including the most inland race of grizzly bears
in North America. The Foothill region however, also covers a large area northwest of the town of Peace River, extending from the Eastern Slopes northeast to the Swan Hills.
The Foothills Natural Region is transitional zone situated between the
Rocky Mountain Natural Region and the
Boreal Forest Natural Region. It consists of two
Lower Foothills and the Upper
Foothills. It occurs from about Turner Valley in the south, north along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in a gradually widening belt, and also includes several outlying hill masses such as
the Swan Hills, Pelican Mountain, and the Naylor Hills.