Golden Ranches (D3-137)

Site Details

This 1,350-acre site is 15 km NW of Tofield along the E shore of Cooking Lake. It can be accessed from RR 205, 210 or 211 or by Twp Rd 513A, 514 or 515. Due to habitat restoration activities on the farthest SW portion of the site, NW-24-051-21-W4M, recreational access is provided through Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Connect to Nature online portal ( for this specificarea. A private driveway leads to the two quarter sections (SW/SE-36-051-21-W4M) that are privately owned and not part of the site. The portion of NE-25-051-21-W4M lying N of the driveway is also privately owned and not part of the site. Located in the heart of the Cooking Lake Moraine, the site features an impressive 8 km of shoreline and provides an opportunity to view rare avian species, waterfowl and other water birds staging on the lake during migration. The upland habitat is a mixture of mature aspen forest and open grassland, providing habitat for wildlife including moose, white-tailed and mule deer, elk and grouse.


To access the farthest SW quarter section, NW-24-051-21-W4M, visit NCC’s Connect to Nature online portal ( Day use only. No open fires. Foot access only.


Alberta Conservation Association, Alberta Fish & Game Association, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Edmonton and Area Land Trust, Matrix Solutions Inc., Nature Conservancy of Canada, Suncor Energy Foundation, Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Quarter Sections

NE-30-051-20-W4M, NW/SW/SE-31-051-20-W4M, NW-24-051-21-W4M, NW/NE/SW/SE-25-051-21-W4M, NE/SE-35-051-21-W4M, NW/NE-36-051-21-W4M

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Do not target practice or sight in firearms on conservation sites. For the safety and enjoyment of all users and neighbouring residences, conduct these activities at a gun range. Baiting to attract wildlife for any purpose is prohibited unless with the expressed written permission by ACA or its partners.