Parks & Nature

Provincial Parks & Campgrounds

We offer over 400 hectares of serene parks that draw hikers, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. If you're looking for a great place to play, stay, or spend your day, you'll find a number of provincial parks, campgrounds, group camping areas and day-use sites located throughout Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo.

Looking for the ideal spot for a family weekend camping getaway, or just a nice place to spend the day picnicking, doing a little fishing and watching wildlife? Check out our region’s provincial parks and recreation areas.


Address: Alberta Highway 881, 11 kilometres east of Highway 63

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Gregoire Lake Provincial Park is the largest front country provincial protected area in the region, located just 35 kilometres south of Fort McMurray. Open from May through October, the fully-serviced park offers camping, day-use facilities, flush toilets, showers, playground, hiking, and a camp store. Some of the day-use areas are open year-round to allow access to the lake in winter.

The park features 140 campsites suitable for tents or RVs (some with power hookups), three group camping areas, and a day-use area with a boat launch. Hiking trails wind throughout the park and an extended loop takes hikers through a recovering patch of forest from the 2016 Horse River wildfire overlooking Gregoire Lake. There's also another boat launch on the lake’s south shore. The nearby hamlet of Anzac also offers a day-use area with a boat launch, playground, and firepits.

As Gregoire Lake is one of the favourite spots for locals to get out on the water or relax on the beach, campsites book up early and the day-use areas can get quite busy on sunny summer weekends. If you are planning to stop by, remember to bring bug repellent, bear deterrent, fishing gear—and depending on the season, boats, jet skis or snowmobiles.

Visit Alberta Parks Website for more information.

Hangingstone Provincial Recreation Area

Address: Highway 63 South

This 56-site unserviced campground is suitable for tents and RVs, and is located a short 35 kilometres south of Fort McMurray. This small, quiet campground offers basic camping facilities, a playground, and picnic shelter. You'll need to bring your own water and firewood, and don't forget to pack bug repellent and bear deterrent as well.

Visit Alberta Parks Website for more information.

Maqua Lake Provincial Recreation Area

Address: 85212 Range Road 90B, Chard

Located atop Stony Mountain, about 50 kilometres from Fort McMurray, you'll find a day-use area with a small beach and a beautiful lake, along with two group camping sites reservable from June through September. As motorized vessels are not allowed on Maqua Lake, it is a haven for kayakers, canoeists and standup paddle boarders. Anglers may wish to leave their rods at home, as the locals say the lake hasn’t been stocked in many years. The road in to Maqua Lake can be quite rugged so a 4WD vehicle with good ground clearance is recommended in spring and essential in the winter.

Visit Alberta Parks Website for more information.

Engstrom Lake Provincial Recreation Area

Address: Alberta Highway 881

A year-round fishing destination, Engstrom Lake is located 78 kilometres from Fort McMurray. This park is a day-use area only, so overnight camping and campfires are prohibited. Motorized boats are allowed, but only up to 9.9 hp/7.5 kW, so it is a good place for canoes and kayaks as well. Services are limited, so pack what you need, and then pack everything out when you leave. There's also a hiking trail that follows the eastern shore of the lake and is not well marked - but that's part of the adventure!

Visit Alberta Parks Website for more information.

Looking for even more adventure on a grand scale?

Learn more about Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada’s largest National Park.



There are a number of lakes, rivers and streams in the Wood Buffalo region. Check out some of these vehicle accessible spots:

Willow Lake

Engstrom Lake

Grist Lake

Poplar Creek Reservoir

Winifred Lake

Lake Athabasca

Clearwater River

Christina Lake