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The Wild Side of Fort McMurray

Contrary to what a lot of people may think of Fort McMurray, this city prides itself in having a beautiful trail and park system.We are located right along some of the incredible paths that span over 400 hectares of green land with 130 kilometers of trails.

Birchwood Trails

A popular trail all year supporting walking, running and cross country skiing, the Birchwood Trails are the perfect break from the city bustle. Experience a different side of Fort McMurray and take a walk through the majestic Northern Alberta wilderness.

Outdoor Green Gym

Running right alongside the Birchwood Trails, this collection of equipment and stations is a remarkable fitness addition. Hydraulic and standard workout equipment is publicly available, including wheelchair accessible options. Create your own unique fitness program while enjoying the beautiful outdoor weather!

Wood Buffalo National Park

An exceptional place for an easy walk or hike, one can experience Wood Buffalo National Park

Originally formed in 1922 to protect the bison and it has become an ecological success, hosting Canada’s largest free roaming herds. Now a UNESCO world heritage site and Canada’s largest national park, this is a vital component to Alberta’s identity.

Trails reach up to 9 km. Carving through the marshland with sinkholes, geological formations and streams, this park is a visually stunning and important attraction.

Athabasca Sand Dunes

For something truly unique, explore the moving desert of Northern Alberta! This shifting dune slowly crawls, burying trees in the wake of a barren expanse of sand. The Athabasca Dunes Ecological Reserve is a nature lover’s paradise, with a vast assortment of plants and animals to discover.

Athabasca Sand Dunes Highlights:
  • Hikers will relish in the opportunity to have an afternoon backpack 
  • Specific ATV trails for unparalleled sand riding
  • Great fishing spots along the Richardson Backcountry 

A truly memorable experience; visitors will not be disappointed by taking a chance to journey into a Canadian Sahara!

The Athabasca Dunes Ecological Reserve is surrounded by the Maybelle River Wildland Park and protects the largest of these active sand fields. Within its boundaries are impressive natural features: 12 metre tall sand dunes and 60 metre high kames among the largest in the world.