MD of Bighorn Hamlet Civic Address Maps
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The Bighorn Bow Corridor area of the MD surrounds a valley containing the Bow River and its tributaries that penetrate the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains. It provides east-west access for major transportation routes and utility lines, being the Trans Canada Highway, the Canada Pacific Railway mainline, natural gas pipelines and power lines.
The MD Bow Corridor area is characterized by the Alpine, Subalpine and Montane Subregions of the Rocky Mountain Natural Region. The ecological integrity of the MD Bow Corridor area is important for many wildlife species, as it contains significant wildlife habitat, fish spawning areas and migratory bird flight paths and staging areas. A number of wildlife movement corridors have been identified that provide a link between Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park.
Development within the MD Bow Corridor area is generally nodal and is primarily contained within the hamlets of Dead Man’s Flats, Exshaw, Harvie Heights and Lac des Arcs. In addition to residential development, most of these hamlets contain various types of commercial or light industrial development, tourism facilities and recreational residences. The MD Bow Corridor area also contains recreational developments such as golfing, equestrian and tourism opportunities.
The Ranchlands area lies along the foothills of the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. It is generally sparsely populated and rural in nature. The vast majority of land is Provincial Crown land, with a substantial portion of that Crown land contained within Rocky Mountains Forest Reserves. A significant part of the area is identified as Provincial Wilderness Area or Wildland Park. The Ranchlands area also contains a large portion of the Stoney Indian Reserve. Although part of the MD of Bighorn, the Reserve is under the authority of the Federal government and the Stoney First Nation.
The Ranchlands area consists principally of heavily forested terrain, and some is open grassland. Forestry, oil and gas development and the associated processing facilities, as well as agriculture, (primarily ranching), are the dominant industries. There are also a number of recreation and tourism developments in the Ranchlands area, ranging from small backcountry camps and retreats to larger guest ranches, camps and training facilities. Various cultural resources and significant recreational opportunities attract a considerable number of visitors to the Ranchlands area. These recreational activities include fishing, hunting, hiking, off-highway vehicle use, climbing and water sports.
Development within the Ranchlands area is generally dispersed, with nodal communities situated along the road network. The Jamieson Road area, located to the south of the Ghost River, contains a slightly higher residential density on small holdings parcels than the remainder of the Ranchlands area. The hamlet of Benchlands and the Ghost River Country Residential Subdivision are the MDs only nodes of higher residential density in the Ranchlands area.