October 1, 2018
Alberta’s wild lands tie together all other aspects of the province’s wilderness.
They provide habitat for the wildlife that call them home, and provide a setting for healthy headwaters, wetlands and aquatic ecosystems. They regulate the climate, filter the air and absorb, purify and slowly release water to benefit all living things.
Wilderness exists where large areas are characterized by the dominance of natural processes, the presence of the full complement of plant and animal communities characteristic of the region, and the absence of human constraints on nature.
From the vast Boreal forests of the north to the unique prairie grasslands to the south, Alberta’s wild lands are made up of six varied natural regions and 21 natural subregions, each hosting a distinct set of species, and each contributing a valuable piece to the mosaic that is Alberta’s wilderness: