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Fort Assiniboine Sandhills Wildland Provincial Park

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Day Use

    Camping

         

      Summer Activities

        Geocaching
        Backcountry Camping
        Birding
        Equestrian
        Fishing
        Hiking - Backcountry
        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 OfficeCentral 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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      Updated: Jun 19, 2017