Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)

Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)

Nodwell, Drumheller

The Nodwell property at Horseshoe Canyon is an isolated pocket of badlands amidst the Alberta prairies. The geological features of the property, made visible through erosion, represent 70 million years of our planet’s history, and contain information about past plant and animal life as well as human history.

The early days of the Horseshoe Canyon project is credited to Leila Nodwell, who passed away in April 2000. Leila believed deeply in the importance of maintaining the canyon’s natural state and worked for many years as an interpreter here. In tribute to Leila’s memory, the Nodwell family purchased the 320 acres (130 hectares) that encompass the western half of the canyon, and subsequently sold the land to NCC at a substantial reduction.

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