Welcome to Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park, your next destination. The sand dunes are 1,925 km² and is located along the south shore of Lake Athabasca in Saskatchewan. This is known to be the largest active land surface in the country. Parts of the dunes are 30 metres high.
Wondering what to do in this provincial park besides exploring the sand dunes?
- Well, since the sand dunes are along the shores of Athabasca Lake, there are water activities and fishing you can enjoy.
- There are four lodges and outfitters in the area that take fishing enthusiasts to the Lake to catch trophy sized fish. You can book a licensed tour through one of them, whether it be a boat tour or on foot. These guides can take you to unique places in the park, showcase some of the rare plants in the area that to this day keep scientists puzzled, and learn more about the history of the area.
- SIGHTSEEING FLIGHTS & GUIDED TRIPS: Blackmur’s Athabasca Fishing Lodge a full-service lodge in Otherside Bay(ph: Toll-free 1-877-922-0957) offer sightseeing flights to see Athabasca Sand Dunes. Churchill River Canoe Outfitters located in Missinipe (ph: Toll Free: 1-877-511-2726) also offer guided trip to the dunes from Uranium City.
If you’re thinking of heading to Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park, you’ll need to check in with a conservation officer beforehand.
The Athabasca Sand Dunes are a little tricky to get to – For starters, you can only reach them by a float plane from either Uranium City, Stony Rapids, or Fond du Lac. You can also fly-in with McMurray Aviation (Ph: 780-791-2182, Fort McMurray, Alberta). They take guests to fishing lodges situated around Lake Athabasca.
If you’re planning to go to this park without any help, it is recommended for experienced wilderness users. Since there are no onsite services, you’ll want to be well equipped for any dangers the wilderness contains.
WHEN TO VISIT: The best time to visit the Athabasca Sand Dunes is during the summer months, which is also the camping season (from May long weekend until Labour Day). That way, not only can you camp with a tent, but you can also explore the area when it’s warm out.
COST: Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park is more of a primitive area. That means you must be careful with what you bring and leaving nothing behind. However, there are no camping fees to worry about. But you need a float plane/boat ride to get there. If you plan to go through an outfitter, prices can range from $200 up to over $5,000.