Who We Are
The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area (ASCCA) is a 4,800 acre day-use habitat conservation area and nocturnal preserve.
The land was generously donated by Alexander ‘Sandy’ Rothney Cross and his wife Ann in 1987, at the time the largest donation of its kind in Canada. Ann and Sandy’s gift came with a wish that their land remain in its natural state to provide vital habitat for wildlife, and exist as a living classroom for students and visitors of all ages to learn about the value of environmental conservation. Our vision and mission and adaptive management plan serve to guide the direction of our organization into the future.
Read more about the Cross Conservation Area’s fascinating history.
Today, the ASCCA is managed as a private charitable organization (RN: 898776331 RR 0001).
Donate today to protect Ann and Sandy’s conservation legacy.
Visiting the Area
Located just southwest of Calgary off of Highway 22X, the ASCCA boasts approximately 20 km of interpretive trails enjoyed by thousands of hikers each year. We are open year-round to hiking and snowshoeing and ask all visitors to register at our Welcome Kiosk or online using our booking form. All visitors must read and follow our area guidelines to limit impact on habitat.
Learn more about what to expect when visiting the area and book your hike.
Our award-winning immersive outdoor education programs are enjoyed by learners of all ages, catered to curriculum and developed in collaboration with educators, our staff and team of dedicated volunteers. We also host several community events throughout the year, and offer guided hiking experiences. Please visit our site’s education page for more information.