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Painting of a bison,
forebearer to the current captive herd at Lake Vermilion

Once part of the ancestral Bow River, the three Vermilion Lakes are fed by warm and cold springs and have long sustained a remarkable diversity of life. Today, a captive herd of plains bison can be viewed nearby; early Albertans likely stalked their big-horned forebears, below, along the verges of the lakes.

Once part of the ancestral Bow River, the three Vermilion Lakes are fed by warm and cold springs and have long sustained a remarkable diversity of life. Today, a captive herd of plains bison can be viewed nearby; early Albertans likely stalked their big-horned forebears, like this one, along the verges of the lakes.

Photo courtesy of Heartland Associates, Inc.
Illustration by Amanda Dow.

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