Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park

Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park


The Athabasca Sand Dunes consist of a series of dune fields stretching for about 100 km along the south shore of Lake Athabasca in northwest Saskatchewan.  This is the largest active sand surface in Canada and one of the most northern sets of major dune fields in the world.  The outstanding scenery is combined with a unique ecosystem, rich in rare and endemic (found only here) plants which scientists consider an evolutionary puzzle.

In order to protect the fragile environment, the park has been divided into three management zones.  Each has different guidelines to govern camping and visitor activities.  These guidelines may change as required to maintain a healthy park environment.  Collecting plants, trees, ventifacts and artifacts is prohibited.  Fishing is allowed.

There are no communities, permanent residents, services, facilities or roads of any kind within or near the park.  Independent visitors must be fully equipped for self-contained wilderness travel and be aware of the potential hazards as well as their responsibilities in protecting this fragile environment.  This area is recommended for experienced wilderness users only.

Access is by float plane only.

Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park is accredited by the Ecotourism Society of Saskatchewan.

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