An excellent place for your next day trip, the Athabasca region plays host to many recreational trails for hikers, equestrian and off highway vehicles alike. They offer vistas of the region not available from roads or highways and are open for all to use. Operated by not-for-profit organizations in conjunction with the County and other provincial and national organizations there is much to be experienced by those who want to go on a little adventure.
Enjoy the Riverfront Boardwalk in downtown Athabasca and the interpretive signage along Rotary Way, which follows the south bank of the mighty Athabasca River. A paved portion of Rotary Way is wheelchair accessible. Picnic tables and benches placed along the walk make an ideal stopping place to watch the river or have a lunch break. Parking is plentiful, and access is ideal for campers and RVs. It’s close to the downtown core, grocery stores, a skateboard and kiddies’ park as well.
For more information, contact the Town of Athabasca at (780) 675 2063.
Located in the Town of Athabasca, the Muskeg Creek Trail boasts more than 17 kilometres of trails throughout the natural Boreal forest. Enjoy beautiful vistas as the creek runs in the Spring and see if you can spot a deer or two!
In the winter months, the trails are maintained and groomed by the Athabasca Nordic Ski Club with a 1.2 km lighted loop. Enter at the Muskeg Creek Chalet, by the Landing Trail Intermediate School, or at Athabasca University.
For more information, contact the Athabasca Regional Multiplex at (780) 675 2967.
View trail map courtesy of Athabasca University
Athabasca has deep roots to the early fur trade industry and exploration of the west. The Athabasca Landing Trail is today’s link to the past and is yours to experience. It has been developed and is maintained by the Athabasca Landing Trail Association.
The trail is currently under development as a partnership of Alberta TrailNet Society, Government of Alberta, the five municipalities along the trail, and two regional trail groups. ALT is part of the Trans Canada Trail and the start of its only overland route into the northern territories. It can be accessed from the end of 47th Street in the Town of Athabasca.
There are many great outdoor opportunities in the Athabasca Region to take advantage of including a network of groomed snowmobile trails. They offer the chance to safely explore the outdoors by snowmobile with the added safety of rest stops and shelters. Plus, they are approved trails which makes the experience easy and trouble free.
The Athabasca River Runners Snowmobile Club grooms and maintains these trails in the Athabasca Region during the winter months only. More information about the club, snowmobile safety tips and a map of the trail system can be viewed by clicking on the map link below.
The Peace River Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail, is maintained by the Athabasca Landing Trails Association. This 60 km route winds its way along the Athabasca River through Boreal forest and runs through public wilderness land administered by Alberta-Pacific Forestries Inc. The trail is accessible by road and begins approximately 30 km North of the Town of Athabasca.
For more information on the path, including a map, visit the Alberta TrailNet website by clicking on the link below.
Located close to Alberta Pacific Forest Industries, many of the trails at Poacher’s Landing are maintained by the Poacher’s Landing Recreation Society. The network of trails and bridges winds through sand and pine terrain, as well as poplar forests.
For more information on this Recreation Area, visit the Alberta Parks website.