August 3, 2014
The Whaleback Region of southwestern Alberta encompasses the most extensive, least disturbed and relatively unfragmented area of Montane landscape in Alberta’s Rocky Mountain natural region.
In fact, it is considered one of the best representatives of Montane landscape, flora and fauna in Canada, with very high habitat diversity. Montane compromises less than 2% of the province’s land area and occurs only where warm Chinook winds blow away the snow cover for much of the winter.
The Whaleback is protected as the ‘Bob Creek Wildland Provincial Park’ and the ‘Black Creek Heritage Rangeland’. It is within AWA’s Livingstone-Porcupine area of concern.
The Whaleback region is situated in southwest Alberta approximately 140 km south of the City of Calgary just north of the Oldman River and west of the Porcupine Hills. The area includes both the Whaleback Ridge and a portion of the Livingstone Range. The Whaleback falls entirely within the Oldman River basin, providing a large portion of water to the South Saskatchewan River that eventually drains into Hudson Bay via the Saskatchewan and Nelson RiversElevations within the Whaleback range from approximately 1250 metres above sea level in the southeast to approximately 2170 metres above sea level on the crest of the Livingstone Range. Elevations along the Whaleback Ridge range from 1600 metres to 1800 metres.
The 2004 Black Creek Heritage Rangeland Trail Act introduced a modification to the Heritage Rangeland legislation to allow OHV access, which was banned under the legislation previously. Alberta Wilderness Association is opposed to any recreational OHV access in protected areas.
December 1, 2008