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Richardson Wildland Provincial Park

Information: 780-743-7437
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Lower Athabasca Regional ​​​Plan (LARP) newly established area will enable Alberta to contribute to the largest contiguous boreal protected area in the world. Includes the areas of Richardson River Dunes and Maybelle River Wildland Provincial Parks.

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      Backcountry Camping
      Hiking - Backcountry
      OHV Riding (Off-site)
      OHV Riding On-site
      Wildlife Viewing

      Snowmobiling On-site

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

    • Access: Travel north of Fort McMurray on Hwy. 63 which becomes a backcountry access road for 170km. 4x4 vehicle access is recommended year-round, as road conditions may vary.  For fly-in access and landing aircraft in the park requires authorization from Alberta Parks.
    • Camping: Random backcountry camping is permitted. There are no developed camping facilities in the park.

    Park Management

    ClassificationWildland Provincial Park
    LegislationProvincial Parks Act
    Park Size771,137 Acres  /  312,068 Ha
    Legal BoundaryO.C.140/2018
    Administration / Information780-743-7437 
    Regional OfficeNortheast Regional Office
    District Office Fort McMurray
    Natural RegionBoreal Forest - Athabasca Plain
    Boreal Forest - Peace Athabasca Delta 
    Natural Region Description

    Richardson Wildland Park, located south of Lake Athabasca, is part of the largest sand dune complex in Canada. It protects the best of the paleo-longitudinal dunes. Formed soon after deglaciation by southeast winds, longitudinal dunes of this type, size and development are not recorded elsewhere. The park also contains paleo-parabolic dunes and riparian areas along the Athabasca River.

    Land Use Framework RegionLower Athabasca 

    Public Safety

    Updated: May 24, 2018