Whether you’re doing the 55 km with pack, or gently gliding along in Ole’s Tour, you’re in the Beaver Hills. This area, also known as Cooking Lake Moraine, spans 1,572 square km . It’s like nowhere else in Alberta, with hummocky terrain, small rolling hills and ponds left behind when glaciers receded. A landscape that – as Birkie fans know – makes for glorious cross country skiing.
The Beaver Hills Initiative (BHI) is a group of more than 30 volunteer partner organizations working to balance conservation of this unique geographic area with sustainable economic and human development. The Beaver Hills is home to Elk Island National Park and Cooking Lake – Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area, and is a haven for diverse plant and animal life. But it’s also an area where people live, work and play. BHI makes sure this all happens in harmony.
The Beaver Hills was designated as a Biosphere on March 19, 2016 by UNESCO.