Fort Assiniboine Sandhills  Wildland Provincial Park
Cataract Creek Provincial Recreation Area - Kananaskis Country
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Fort Assiniboine Sandhills Wildland Provincial Park
Lat: 54.3892120611 Long: -114.60770862 | Directions

ClassificationWildland Provincial Park
LegislationProvincial Parks Act
Park Size19,528.05 Acres  /  7,903 Ha
Legal BoundaryFort Assiniboine Sandhills Wildland Provincial Park
Administration / Information780-960-8170
Regional OfficeWest Central Regional Office
District Office Spruce Grove
Natural RegionBoreal Forest - Central Mixedwood 
Natural Region DescriptionFort Assiniboine Sandhills Wildland Park is located along the north shore of the Athabasca River. The park contains two distinct environments: upland dunes and riparian forests. The upland dunes include jack pine lichen forests with numerous intervening fens. The fens represent a diversity of types including open water, sedge fens in various stages of succession, and fens dominated by larch. Riparian communities consist of a series of meander scars with a variety of forest types including white spruce, balsam poplar and aspen poplar in various mixtures. Intervening oxbows vary from open water through bog birch-Labrador tea communities, to those dominated by black spruce and larch in either pure or mixed stands. Forests harbour species such as pileated woodpeckers, various wood warblers and flying squirrels that favour old growth. Sandhill cranes nest in the fens. More than 435 plant species have been recorded in the park.
Land Use Framework RegionUpper Athabasca 

Recreation Notes

  • Birding: Species include great grey owls, Cooper's hawks, pileated woodpeckers and sandhill cranes.
  • Camping: Random backcountry camping is permitted. Except for three small staging areas (day use only), there are no developed facilities in the park.
  • Hiking: Both in the park and nearby Holmes Crossing Ecological Reserve.
  • Hunting: Hunters should be aware that equestrian users frequent this area.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Species include mule deer, white-tailed deer, moose, beaver, mink, muskrat and river otter.
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    Activities

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    Birding  
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    Cross Country Skiing  
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    Fishing  
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    Hiking - Backcountry  
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    Horseback Riding  
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    Snowshoeing  
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    Trail Running  
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    Wildlife Viewing