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Grand Rapids Wildland Provincial Park

Information: 780-743-7437

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      Backcountry Camping
      Hiking - Backcountry
      Power Boating
      Wildlife Viewing

      Snowmobiling On-site

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

    • Access: Power boating, canoeing, and fly-in float plane allow access in the summer months with snowmobiling access in the winter. Landing of aircraft in the park requires authorization from Alberta Parks.
    • Accommodation: Grand Rapids Wilderness Adventures lodge and cabins are located just inside the southernmost boundary of the park. This four-season facility is accessible by river, float plane and snowmobile only. Grand Rapids Wilderness Adventures (780-675-3784; Grand Rapids Wilderness Adventures Facebook Page) provides jet boat tours, personal boating, log cabin accommodations, boat shuttle services, canoe and gear rentals, and fishing and historical tours. The historic Grand Rapids (Class 6) are 13 kilometres downstream from the lodge.
    • Camping: Camping in the park is random backcountry. There is a natural clearing campsite with a firepit, toilet and bear-proof containers at Portage Trail.
    • Portage Trail: The Historical Grand Rapids Portage Trail has been developed and re-opened. Enhancements include stairs, trail clearing and a campsite clearing. The trail was upgraded to facilitate canoe users to portage around the Athabasca River Grand Rapids.

    Hunting in Grand Rapids Wildland Provincial Park

    Aircraft landing in park requires parks authorization

    More information: 780-623-5235

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    Park Management

    ClassificationWildland Provincial Park
    LegislationProvincial Parks Act
    Park Size65,064.6 Acres  /  26,331.64 Ha
    Legal BoundaryGrand Rapids Wildland Provincial Park
    Administration / Information780-743-7437 
    Regional OfficeNortheast Regional Office
    District Office Fort McMurray
    Natural RegionBoreal Forest - Central Mixedwood 
    Natural Region Description

    This park preserves the nationally significant Rapids Reach of the Athabasca River upstream from Ft. McMurray. Forested valley slopes are critical moose wintering range. Important fish species in this stretch of the river include walleye, lake whitefish, mountain whitefish, Arctic grayling, pike and goldeye. The Rapids Reach is very scenic, with numerous rapids, rock outcrops and slump blocks. The river is deeply incised for the entire length of the park, in places exceeding 150 metres. The incised meanders that have eroded into the bedrock are a significant feature of the park.

    Land Use Framework RegionLower Athabasca 

    Public Safety

    Updated: Jun 19, 2017