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Fort Assiniboine Sandhills Wildland Provincial Park

Lat: 54.3892120611 Long: -114.60770862 | Directions
Information: 780-960-8170

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Day Use

    Camping

      Visitor Centre

        Summer Activities

          Backcountry Camping
          Birding
          Fishing
          Hiking - Backcountry
          Horseback Riding
          Trail Running
          Wildlife Viewing

        Winter Activities

          Cross Country Skiing
          Snowshoeing

        Note Permitted activities may vary within a park. Please confirm details with park staff.

        • 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.

        Park Management

        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 Description

        Fort 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 
         

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