The Beaver Hills Biosphere – living and working in harmony with nature to inspire a positive future.
A Remarkable Place
A distinct landscape, the Beaver Hills was designated a UNESCO Biosphere in March, 2016. Just 20 minutes east of Edmonton, Alberta, the Beaver Hills Biosphere is an important area of biodiversity conservation. One of only two UNESCO biospheres in Alberta, this remarkable landscape contains many valuable wetlands, lakes and forests, and is home to 48 types of mammals, eight amphibians and reptiles, and more than 150 species of birds.
A Lived-In and Working Landscape
People in the region are committed to demonstrating a balanced relationship between people and nature through conservation and sustainable development. Through the Biosphere, communities, organizations, government decision makers, land managers and scientists come together to collaborate on innovative approaches to conserving biodiversity while maintaining human well-being and the sustainable development of the economy at a regional scale.
A Four-Season Destination
Distinctive geography, exceptional biodiversity and storied history makes the Beaver Hills Biosphere an excellent go-to destination for a wide variety of year-round outdoor recreation, sustainable tourism activities and incredible nature-based experiences.
Prominent Biosphere destinations include:
- Beaver Hills Biodiversity Trail
- Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve
- Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area
- Elk Island National Park
- Ministik Lake Game Bird Sanctuary
- Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
- Strathcona Wilderness Centre
- Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
- And more!
Popular Biosphere activities include:
- Walking / hiking
- Cross-country skiing
- Bird watching / wildlife viewing
- Cycling / mountain biking
- Nature photography
Learn more at beaverhills.ca and plan your visit today.