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Black Creek Heritage Rangeland | Alberta, Canada

Conservation Area
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The Black Creek Heritage Rangeland comprises the eastern slopes of the Whaleback Ridge. It is a relatively undisturbed montane and sub-alpine habitat. The Whaleback is considered to be Alberta's last remaining montane wilderness.

To protect the rangeland from drilling and digging, Amoco Canada Petroleum Company Ltd. transferred its subsurface mineral leases in the Black Creek Heritage Rangeland to The Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Driving Directions to Key Access Points

From Alberta Highway 2, turn west at Claresholm on rural road 520, continue 40 km to Alberta Highway 22, then 10 km south on Hwy. 22.

To follow the Oldman River which, intermittently, forms the Rangeland's southern limit, turn west on rural road 517.

Highlights of this Wilderness Area or Conservation Area

The Black Creek Heritage Rangeland comprises 7,760 hectares (19,175.64 acres) of foothills grassland. It lies north of the Oldman River, bounded on the east, more or less, by Alberta Highway 22, and on the west by the Bob Creek Wildland Provincial Park.

Key Access Points to this Wilderness or Conservation Area

Alberta Highway 22, The Cowboy Trail.


Best Seasons or Dates to Visit

Best in spring, summer and fall for views of cattle and cowboys. The abrupt rise of the Rocky Mountains' eastern wall is most dramatic in Winter, when its stark whiteness contrasts with the soft curves of the eastern foothills.