Bear Canyon Provincial Grazing Reserve

Established: 1979
Area: 20,288 acres
Terrain: Gentle rolling with many sloughs & muskeg areas
Region: Boreal highlands natural subregion
Nearby municipalities: 13 km north of Bear Canyon
Livestock management:

Bear Canyon Grazing Association (privatized April 1, 1997)

Manage day to day livestock operations

Grazing season: Mid-May to October 31st
Capacity: Approximately 8,800 Animal Unit Months (AUMs)
Recreational activities: Deer Hunting
Moose Hunting
Trail Riding
Industrial activities: Oil and gas exploration and seismic

The Bear Canyon Provincial Grazing Reserve is located just east of the British Columbia border, about 13 km north of the Bear Canyon in the northwestern quarter of Alberta. The reserves total acreage is 20,288. Of that, 10,707 acres of tame pasture has been developed. The land is gently rolling with many sloughs and muskeg areas. Bear Canyon is located in the lower boreal highlands natural subregion. Wolf Creek bisects the pasture east to west, and a secondary road cuts through the area, running north to south.

The normal grazing season runs from mid-May to the end of October. The reserve normally grazes 4,200 head of livestock each year. The patrons of the reserve use it primarily to background yearling cattle. As such, a number of the patrons keep their breeding herds at home and send their replacement cattle or feeders to the reserve instead.

Oil and gas exploration has resulted in the development of numerous oil well sites and pipelines. There are also two major gravel pits located on the reserve. One is used for highways and the other for private work.

Recreational activities include deer and moose hunting in the fall months trail riding, picnicking and snowmobiling. The reserve provides year-round access to recreational users, but some gates may be locked in fields where there's livestock grazing or where construction is taking place.

The Bear Canyon Grazing Association accepted a renewable grazing management agreement from the government on April 1, 1997. This allowed the association to take over the management of the day to day livestock operation.

Provincial Grazing Reserves are popular recreational sites for the general public. Following is a list of conditions that need to be adhered to when recreating on the Bear Canyon Provincial Grazing Reserve:

Regulatory Conditions of Recreational Access

Under Sections 9(3) and 9(4) of the Recreational Access Regulation, recreational users must:

  • Not litter;
  • Have direct control of any animal brought onto the agricultural disposition land;
  • Not park vehicles so that they block an approach to land;
  • Not enter or use any building or improvement on the disposition;
  • Not cause any damage to the agricultural disposition land or the property of the disposition holder;
  • Leave gates and other property as they were found;
  • Comply with an applicable recreational management plan, if any; and
  • Comply with the restrictions, prohibitions, terms and conditions, if any, imposed by the Local Settlement Officer, or Director.

Specific Access Conditions for this Disposition:

  • LSO conditions – Foot access for recreational purposes is allowed during the grazing season (May 1 to October 31) only in pastures not occupied by livestock.
  • LSO conditions – No access is allowed to pastures where livestock are present.
  • LSO conditions – From November 1 to April 30, motorized vehicles are allowed on developed roads only.
  • LSO condition – Organized recreational groups must obtain a Letter of Authority from the Grazing Reserve office.


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Updated: Sep 17, 2015