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Explore Exotic Sand Dunes Right Here In Canada

Athabasca Sand Dunes Photo: Kiss My Canadian Sass

Athabasca Sand Dunes (Photo Credit: Kiss My Canadian Sass)

Would you believe us if we told you there were 1,925 km² of sand dunes in Canada? Well, believe it.

Meet Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park, 1,925 km² of the most northerly sand dune formations on Earth, and right here in Canada. That means that you don’t have to go overseas to experience those epic sand dunes you see in the foreign deserts of the world, you can stay right here in Canada and do the same thing. That means getting that exotic photo walking in the middle of nowhere and not even having to leave Canada.

In Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park you can set out for days of exploring, dune buggy driving, free camping, fishing and sightseeing of the outstanding scenery and the unique ecosystem which is full of rare and unique plants found only in the park. The hardest part of experiencing these sand dunes is getting to them, which requires joining a tour or catching a float plane. Due to their remote location they are recommended for experienced wilderness users only. For more information on the park check out the video and information below.

Everything You Need To Know To Go

Where to stay

Camping and campfires are permitted in any of the six designated primitive camping areas. Remember to always pack out what you pack in. #LNT

How to get there

Access is by float plane or boat only from Fort McMurray or Edmonton, Alberta. Churchill River Canoe Outfitters offers a packaged tour to the dunes or if you want to charter your own flight to the park from Saskatoon, Prince Albert and La Ronge try Transwest Air.

When to go

Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park is open all year long although we recommend you go in the spring, summer and fall to avoid the cold temperatures of winter.

What to bring

You need to bring everything… and we mean everything! There are no communities, services, facilities or roads of any kind in or near the park. This means you need to be fully equipped to travel throughout the park and travel is recommended for experienced wilderness users only. Don’t have the experience and still want to go? Check out the tours offered by Adventure Destinations International and The Great Canadian Adventure Company.

Easy alternative

Too adventurous for your blood but you still want an epic selfie on a sand dune? Try Great Sand Hills or Douglas Provincial Park Sand Dunes. Both accessible by road or a short hike.


Like this post? Check out Snowshoe Your Way To The Best Wildlife Viewing In Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan’s Best Wilderness Date, too!

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