"The Ghost Watershed is a special place. Situated along the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains, west of the City of Calgary, Alberta, the Ghost River and its tributaries flow through a diverse landscape, eventually discharging into the north arm of the Ghost Reservoir where it flows into the Bow River at the site of the Ghost dam. The gradual eastward decrease in elevation and slope defines this watershed, corresponding with changes in geology, soils, climate, vegetation and human use, all of which change along this west to east gradient. These gradual changes determine the numerous natural subregions represented within the Ghost Watershed, including Alpine, Subalpine, Montane, Upper and Lower Foothills, and Foothills Parkland, which provide a complexity that supports biodiversity.
The Ghost Watershed is one of the most scenic landscapes in Alberta, and people have lived here for thousands of years. More than 100 years ago, the Canadian government recognized the importance of the Eastern Slopes watersheds as the source of water for the prairie region. In 1910, they established the Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve for the maintenance of timber and a continuous water supply. Today, the watershed is sparsely inhabited with only three higher density developments."
Ghost River State of the Watershed Report 2018.
Landscapes of the Ghost Watershed