The Physical Features

In the

Aspen Parklands


By Kaela Siewert


            IÕm going to tell you about the physical features in the Aspen Parklands (one of the six regions in Alberta).  Mainly IÕll tell you about the location, the sub-regions and some facts about trees and lakes in the Aspen Parklands.


            IÕll start with the location.  The Aspen Parklands once covered an area of 64,000 square kilometers.  Around 5% of the Aspen Parklands region are remaining in an undeveloped natural condition.  In the Aspen Parklands today, less than 5% of the land is in itÕs native state.  The Aspen Parklands is the widest region on the Saskatchewan border.  It extends from Cold Lake to Red Deer.  The Aspen Parklands extends into Central Alberta past Edmonton.  The Aspen Parklands belt ends somewhere north of Calgary. The Parklands belt has dark rich soil and good rainfalls so groves of aspen trees grow.  Also lots of tall grass grows up to 5 feet tall.  Because the area is well suited for farming.  Overtime many trees are being chopped down.  Around three-fourths of the land is cultivated.


            Now IÕll tell you about the sub-regions in the Aspen Parklands.  The three sub-regions in the Aspen Parklands are The Peace River Parklands, The Foothills Parklands and The Central Parklands.  The most fragmented sub-regions in the Peace River Parkland which John Macoun visited in 1875.  The Foothills Parklands has survived the best of the 3 sub-regions.  The Central Parkland reaches in a wide arc from Airdrie to a point north of Edmonton and east to Provost and Lloydminster. Today itÕs like a checkerboard of cropland with few patches of the original parkland surviving.

            Now IÕll tell you some facts about trees and lakes in the Aspen Parklands.  Hundreds of shallow ponds, sloughs and lakes dot the Aspen Parklands.  The parklands is a mix of Aspen forests, grasses, Spruce and Willow shrubbery that stretches along Foothills to Cremona south of Waterton Lakes National Park.  With a moister climate than Grassland regions to the south.  Small streams and wetlands flow through the Aspen Parklands.  Bluffs,
Aspen and Balsam poplars offer shelter for rich black soil that produces crops.  The tall Aspens have long branches that hang over shallow lakes. An Alder tree is another type of tree in the Aspen Parklands.


            The Aspen Parklands is a great place but slowly things are changing.  IÕm getting worried and IÕm wondering if someday there wonÕt be any trees in the Aspen Parklands.  Most the lands being cultivated.  Well to sum it up the Aspen Parklands is a beautiful place.









Alberta by author unknown

Aspen Parklands by author unknown