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Epic Experiences

Backcountry Adventures

Whether your choice of adventure is on land or on the water, you'll find plenty of opportunities to explore and enjoy our big backyard.

There's Plenty of Vroom to Play in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo

Adventure into some of our region’s uncharted territory on the back of a quad and discover its many natural gems. The opportunities for off-roading are endless, and OHV staging areas and trails are accessible just steps away from Fort McMurray's city limits. You can go on an afternoon adventure, take a day trip into our beautiful boreal backcountry, or even some overnight excursions.

You haven't lived until you've Sherped in the wild

A Sherp is a fully amphibious, reliable, low-maintenance vehicle designed to work (or play) in all environments and extreme conditions. Trust us, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Contact Yeti Roughrider Rentals for more information:

Sherp ATV in action during the winter season

sherp ATV driving in the snow

Paddleboard everywhere

two people paddle boarding across the waters

Fly across stunning sights in a float plane

view of happy man in a float plane

ATV across any terrain

ATV on mud trail

The Athabasca Sand Dunes

aerial view of helicopter and sand dunes

Richardson Backcountry

Looking to get away from it all? To a place with zero Wi-Fi and one-hundred percent wilderness? Then the Richardson Backcountry is for you, taking you to the most northern lakes in Alberta and the largest sand dune complex in Canada—the Athabasca Sand Dunes. The trails are well-maintained and mud-free, but remember to bring a first aid kit, compact tool kit, trail map, tow strap and winch, extra fuel, food and water, and body protection including a helmet, goggles and gloves—just in case. Also, you'll want to pack your camping gear, food, and wilderness survival kit with bear deterrents as there are no developed camping facilities along the way.

Largest sand dune complex in Canada—the Athabasca Sand Dunes

Local Businesses

ATV Rentals

Check out these local businesses to get outfitted for your ATV adventure.

Paddling Adventures in the Backcountry

There are so many amazing paddling adventures to choose from in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo. Here's just one example offered by Beyond Adventures:

family out on a lake canoeing
people on a lake kayaking

Christina River Multi-Day Trip

Your adventure starts by flying into Saskatchewan on a float plane, unloading your gear and setting up camp along the shores of this iconic river. This Canadian Heritage River has it all. You'll be travelling a route travelled for thousands of years, portaging around waterfalls and running rapids.

This adventure is designed for skilled paddlers in good physical condition, with portaging, paddling whitewater, and wilderness camping. The trip includes flight, canoe, tent, dry bags and food. Check out the Beyond Adventures website for pricing and availability:

See & Do

A Place Of Natural Wonder

Watch as nature’s greatest light show—the aurora – dances in our skies over an endlessly unexpected landscape.