Botanical Name: Populus tremuloides | Common Names: Golden Aspen, Quaking Aspen, Mountain Aspen

Alberta has both Kraft and high-yield chemi-thermo-mechanical mills whose pulp is used to manufacture a variety of products from high-quality printing, writing, copy and specialty papers to tissue, paper towel, paperboard, and other packaging. Alberta is also home to one of the leading newsprint producers on the continent.


Aspen is the primary hardwood species used for making pulp in Alberta with balsam poplar and white birch being minor contributing species. Aspen has a relatively low lignin content compared to other pulped hardwoods. Its fibre attributes (short, flat, uniform, ribbon-like and thin-walled) allow it to be easily converted and well suited to a wide variety of paper applications. This pulp generally produces a denser, smooth paper with greater overall surface strength. Premium grades of both hardwood Chemi-thermo-mechanical (CTMP or high-yield) pulp and Northern Bleached Hardwood Kraft (NBHK) pulp are produced in Alberta.


White Spruce is the primary softwood species used for making pulp in Alberta with black spruce and lodgepole pine being minor contributing species. The long, cold winters of the Boreal forest produce softwoods with excellent pulp and paper making characteristics. The long fibres are thin walled and flexible with low coarseness which yield superior sheet strength and smoothness. Premium grades of both Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft (NBSK) pulp and softwood Chemi-thermo-mechanical (CTMP or high-yield) pulp are produced in Alberta.

The Alberta forest sector is diversifying the range of products manufactured in its pulp mills by strategically investing in new business opportunities in such areas as bio-energy and new bio-products.


North America’s highest quality newsprint, renowned for brightness, print quality and sheet smoothness. Newsprint products also include high quality inserts and flyers.


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