Picture a vast land of boreal forests, sweeping grasslands, and endless lakes and rivers. A place where the northern lights blaze across the night sky and you can explore the backcountry for days and not see another person. Are you brave enough to discover the untamed land of the north? If so, you’re in for a true Alberta adventure you’ll never forget.
Get to know the faces and places of the north. Discover Aboriginal culture and history, then and now. Trace the steps of the early fur traders. Check out the boomtown of Fort McMurray, where four mighty rivers converge. Explore the ancient bonebeds and nearby provincial parks of Grande Prairie.
With extra long summer days, northern Alberta is the place for nonstop fun in the sun! Hike, bike or ride thousands of kilometers (miles) of trails. Golf until midnight or catch the action of a local rodeo. Water is everywhere so get in it and swim, fish and paddle. Hop a float plane to a remote fishing lodge. In winter, hit the white stuff and ski, skate, ice fish and snowmobile.
Northern lights. Sand dunes. Bonebeds. Bison. Here’s your insider Northern Alberta checklist!
Hit the road
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.
Where the buffalo roam
Wood Buffalo National Park is a vast and wild land of northern boreal plains, strangely compelling karstland riddled with sinkholes, fissures and underground streams, a huge untamed river delta and – surprise – a salt desert. It has also received the designation of largest dark sky preserve in the world. Watch for the bison that roam the park. 298 km (185 mi) north of Fort McMurray.
On the shores of the biggest vehicle-accessible lake in the province, Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park is home to Alberta’s best white sand beaches. Hiking trails wind along the shore, through the boreal forest and the park’s sand dunes. Brace yourself for unbelievable fishing and bird watching. Explore the surrounding Lesser Slave Lake. Less than 300 km (186 mi) northwest of Edmonton.
Paddle and party
Talk about events! More than 70 food, agricultural, sports and cultural celebrations happen every year in Athabasca Country. Between events, go golfing, fishing or chill out in Athabasca’s plentiful lakes and rivers. 90 minutes north of Edmonton.
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. Year round outdoor adventure awaits in Alberta’s Lakeland.
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 of Edmonton for real Alberta adventures you won’t find anywhere else.
Forest and farmland
Highway 44 North starts on Highway 16 north of Edmonton and runs way up to Dawson Creek, the gateway to the Alaska Highway. Get to know the northern Alberta communities along the way. For truly undiscovered country you’ll want to visit the Mackenzie Frontier.
Over time, the Peace River has carved out a lush and wild river valley. The Mighty Peace Country’s boreal forests, vast agricultural lands, lakes and rivers extend north into the Northwest Territories.