Northern Alberta

Northern Alberta

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Northern Alberta

Alberta Stories - Iron Horse Trail
Alberta Stories - Hinton

Picture a vast land of boreal forests, sweeping grasslands, sand dunes and far reaching waterways. A place where the northern lights blaze across the night sky. Where you can explore the solitude of the backcountry. Are you ready to discover the untamed land of the north?

Get to know the faces and places. Discover aboriginal culture and history.

Trace the steps of the early fur traders. Check out the boomtown of Fort McMurray, where four powerful rivers converge. Explore ancient bonebeds and nearby provincial parks around Grande Prairie. Visit the Mighty Peace Country and you’ll understand where it gets its name.

With extra-long summer days, you can golf until close to midnight. Hike, bike or ride thousands of kilometres of trails. Catch the action of a local rodeo or festival.

Water is everywhere so get in it and swim, paddle and motor. Hop on a float plane to a remote fishing lodge. In winter, hit the white stuff on skis, skates and snowmobiles. Discover the meaning of comfort ice fishing.

Northern lights. Sand dunes. Bonebeds. Bison. Here’s your insider northern Alberta checklist!

Local Communities
197 km (138 mi) northeast of Grande Prairie, nestled in a beautiful valley where three rivers meet, the town of Peace River is a hub for outdoor adventures – from ranch stays to jet-boat excursions.

Thanks to the magnificent River Rats Festival, Athabasca has become known as northern Alberta’s festival town. Between events, go golfing, fishing or chill out in Athabasca’s plentiful lakes and rivers. 90 minutes north of Edmonton.

Find out why the towns of Swan Hills, Woodlands, Barrhead, Westlock, Clyde and Thorhild are collectively known as WILD Alberta. Check out these authentic rural towns just outside Edmonton for real Alberta adventures you won’t find elsewhere.

Get into Wood Buffalo National Park, the world’s biggest dark sky preserve, and see the largest herd of free roaming bison anywhere. Winagami Lake – the self-proclaimed bird capital of Canada – and nearby Kimiwan Lake are exceptional bird watching areas, especially during spring and fall migrations. Spend summer on some of the finest lakes, beaches and shorelines in Lakeland Provincial Park.

If you live to sled then you’ll want to hit The Golden Triangle. This 350 km (217 mi) network of groomed trails connects the communities of Swan Hills, Fox Creek and Whitecourt, the latter known as the snowmobile capital of Canada.

Scenic Routes
Follow adventurers on their way north to Alaska and take the Deh Cho Trail from Grande Prairie all the way up through northern Alberta. Check out the wildlife, waterfalls, parks and towns along the way. Pull over and fish, hike, or picnic by a lake.

From tracks to trails 300 km (186 mi) of old railroad is now part of the Iron Horse Trail, a recreational haven for all seasons and part of the Trans Canada Trail System.


"Canoeing the Hay River, rounding a bend, hearing the white water...and seeing whitecaps all the way across! Okay, here we go!" ~ flownorth

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