Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park

Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park is a protected area in northern Alberta, Canada, featuring large sand dunes and a boreal forest. It is the largest active sand dune formation in Canada.

At Park Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park, Alberta, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, including:

Hiking - Explore the park’s sand dunes, boreal forest, and meadows on over 20 km of trails. There are also interpretive trails that explore the unique biodiversity of the area.

Birdwatching - Spot over 100 species of birds in the park, including rare species such as the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, and Solitary Sandpiper.

Canoeing and Kayaking - Paddle down the Athabasca River, which runs through the park.

Wildlife Viewing - Spot a variety of wildlife, including moose, deer, coyotes, and bears.

Camping - Pitch a tent or park your RV in one of the many campsites in the park.

Geocaching - Follow coordinates to find hidden containers filled with trinkets and mementos.

Fishing - Try your luck in the Athabasca River and catch fish such as northern pike, walleye, and trout.

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Facilities at Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park

  • Camping: There are two campgrounds available, with sites suitable for RVs and tents.
  • Hiking and Nature Trails: The park features several hiking trails that offer spectacular views of the dunes.
  • Birdwatching: The park is home to a variety of birds including sandhill cranes, short-eared owls, and golden eagles.
  • Fishing: Fishing opportunities are available in the nearby lake and in the various creeks that run through the park.
  • Picnicking: There are several picnic areas throughout the park, with tables, benches, and fire pits.
  • Beach: The park has a sandy beach that is perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
  • Stargazing: The wide open skies of the park offer excellent opportunities for stargazing.
  • Beach Volleyball: There is a beach volleyball court available for visitors to use.
  • Interpretive Programs: The park offers regular interpretive programs that provide visitors with an in-depth look at the park's natural and cultural history.
  • Canoeing and Kayaking: Canoe and kayak rentals are available for visitors to explore the park's waterways.