View from a hike



Our region offers over 400 hectares of serene parks that draw hikers, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.

people hiking in the woods with hiking poles

We invite you to explore our big backyard and all of its stunning beauty. With an expansive urban trail system and Canada’s largest national park nearby, you'll find endless exploration opportunities both in and out of town.

Your best hike is always the next one you’re about to take. But before you head out, make sure you're prepared—pack a first-aid kit, knife or multi-tool, good footwear, hiking backpack, snacks and water, bug repellent and bear deterrent.

Go On, Take a Hike

Got a couple of hours for a relaxing getaway? Lace up your boots, grab some snacks and your hiking backpack, and escape the everyday hustle. There are some great trails to explore inside the city limits and in the surrounding wilderness which will transport you to a peaceful world of adventure.


Birchwood Trails

With over 135 kilometres of maintained trails spanning two of Fort McMurray's largest neighbourhoods, the Birchwood Trails are a favourite of running groups, dog walkers, bird watchers, berry pickers, bikers and cross-country skiers during the winter. Feel like stepping up your trail walk? The Birchwood Trail System is home to Canada’s largest outdoor exercise equipment circuit. You'll find multiple access points to the trails in the Dickinsfield, Eagle Ridge, Thickwood, and Timberlea neighbourhoods.

birchwood trail system map


Horse River Valley Trail

This is one of the region's most historic trails, as it was once home to the Abasand Oils Ltd. plant, established in the 1930s. Enjoy the informative self-guided walking tour developed by the Oil Sands Discovery Centre, then make your way to the top of the steep banks overlooking the Horse River for a beautiful birds-eye view of the natural landscape. This hike clocks in at around 1.5 hours, and its steepness could be challenging for some people. Proper hiking shoes are highly recommended as some of the terrain is soft from the natural oil sand.

horse river valley trail

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