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Ghost River Wilderness Area

Ghost River, Canada

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The Ghost River Wilderness Area is a provincially designated wilderness area in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta. It was established in 1967 and it, as one three Wilderness Areas of Alberta, has the strictest form of government protection available in Canada. All development is forbidden and only travel by foot is permitted. Hunting and fishing are not allowed. The other two Wilderness Areas are White Goat Wilderness Area and Siffleur Wilderness Area and together the three areas total 249,548.80 acres (100,988.816 ha).

Situated west of the city of Calgary and bordering Banff National Park, the Ghost Wilderness spans the area north of the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) along the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains up to the Red Deer River. It lies just slightly north of Lake Minnewanka. Mountains rise to 3,353 metres (11,001 ft). The area has rugged mountains, glacier-carved valleys, mountain lakes, and alpine meadows. There are two distinct vegetation zones. Above 2,100 metres (6,900 ft), the tree line, are grasses, sedges and wildflowers. Below that are subalpine forests of spruce, fir, and lodgepole pine. There are many rare species of butterflies. Animals include Bighorn Sheep, deer, moose, mountain lion, bear, and wolf. The area is a world-class venue for ice climbing.

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  • WDPA ID1007
  • NameGhost River
  • Original NameGhost River
  • Country / TerritoryCAN
  • Sub locationCA-AB
  • IUCN CategoryIbWhat is this?
  • English DesignationWilderness Area
  • Designation TypeNational
  • StatusDesignated
  • Status Year1967
  • Reported Area km2152.202232621
  • Marinefalse
  • Governance TypeSub-national ministry or agency
  • International CriteriaNot Applicable
  • Management AuthorityParks Division, Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Management Plan URLNot Reported




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