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Reclamation Sites

Crane Lake Nature Trails

Located approximately 30 km North of Fort McMurray, this trail encompasses a bird watching area renowned for the innovative reclamation efforts of Suncor Energy.  Crane Lake covers over 19 hectares of reclaimed land.

Bison Viewpoint

Syncrude has reclaimed over 4000 hectares of land since the operation began. The Wood Bison project was introduced in 1993 when a herd of 30 Wood Bison were introduced onto reclaimed land in a partnership with Fort McKay. The number of bison has risen to 300 since they were first placed there.

Wapisiw Lookout

See the Wapisiw Lookout for yourself on a guided tour of Suncor Energy. The Wapisiw Lookout is the first tailings pond of any oil sands operations to be reclaimed. On a guided tour you will learn about the new technologies being utilized to change the tailings process and reduce the environmental impact of the oil sands.

Wood Bison Gateway & The Matcheetawin Trails

A massive stone sculpture of a Wood Bison herd marks the beginning of the Matcheetawin Discovery Trails (a Cree word meaning beginning place) and the Sagow Pematosowin Trail (Cree for living in peaceful co-existence with the land). This four kilometre interpretive trail system on 50 hectares of land offers visitors the opportunity to see various types of reclaimed land - spruce/aspen forests, jack pine forests, grasslands and wetlands.

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Camping & campfire tips

Remember that overnight camping and open fires are strictly prohibited in the Athabasca Dunes and all other ecological reserves.  Camping is permitted within the Wildland Park, but access is restricted to foot only. Due to its protected designation, off-highway vehicles are also not permitted within ecological reserves.

Protect our natural resources and reduce conflicts with the following camping tips:

  • Random campers should stay a minimum of 30 meters away from any watercourses
  • Respect other campers and keep noise down to an acceptable level
  • Practice no-trace camping

Follow the following fire safety tips in the Athabasca Sand Dunes and Wood Buffalo National Park:

  • Open fires must be used wisely. Even a small campfire has the potential to become an unmanageable wildfire.
  • Always be sure to use the fire receptacle provided in the campground.
  • If your campsite does not have a receptacle, build your fire on rocks and sand, in an open area (not under a tree).
  • Keep your campfire small.
  • Never leave your campfire unattended.
  • When extinguishing your campfire, soak it, then soak it again.
  • Remember your campfire is not out until you can touch it.