Welcome to the 4th edition of the Central Alberta Backroad Mapbook!
Covering the central part of the province including the cities of Red Deer and Edmonton, this mapbook contains numerous updates and expansions from the previous edition including adding Oil & Gas points. From the area around Lac La Biche in the northeastern reaches of this book, where some of Alberta’s best lake fishing can be found, to the stunning Rocky Mountain Parks in the western reaches and the sprawling prairie wilderness in between, there is no shortage of options for outdoor recreation in Central Alberta. Hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, ATVing and snowmobiling are just some of the adventures that await outdoor explorers. This is an expansive area, and while that makes for plenty of space to explore and play, it can also make finding that special outdoor spot that much more difficult. This is why we have taken great care to provide you with the most comprehensive and easy-to-use mapbook on the market. We have spent countless hours updating and expanding our maps, written content and layout to allow you to get out and explore this magical part of Canada with the outmost confidence. We can confidently say that there is no better resource available for making the most out of Central Alberta’s great outdoors!
The latest edition of our Central Alberta Backroad Mapbook contains 69 maps at 1:250,000 scale, including 12 new maps covering the Rockies Parks. We have improved the road networks to ensure we show drivable resource roads, as well as adding Oil & Gas data including gas plants, refineries and well disposal sites. We have also added Municipal Regional District Areas, as well as more detailed water features and seismic line corridors. These 21.5 cm x 28 cm (8.5" x 11") maps are printed on thick, durable paper protected by a heavy-duty spiral-bound cover. You won’t find a longer-lasting, easier-to-use or more detailed collection of maps for Central Alberta anywhere!
New to this edition, we have divided the index into Map, Adventure and Resource sections to make it even easier to use. You will find page numbers and map coordinates for each activity and location, plus important numbers, distance charts and an advertiser list for easy referencing. You can also search for particular resource facilities with an LSD Grid.
Our easy-to-use Service Directory lists the best places to find accommodations, supplies and tours and guides in Central Alberta, including hunting and fishing equipment in Sundre, Jasper, Edmonton, Red Deer and more.
From the grid patterned farming roads of the southeastern area of this book to the winding resource roads of the north and west and the Forestry Trunk Road in the Rocky Mountains, there is no shortage of unique vehicle-accessible attractions in Central Alberta. In the latest edition of our Central Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find dozens of detailed listings of the best places to stop while travelling through the area.
Ranging from the cold mountain streams of the Rockies to the calm lakes of the prairies, there are plenty of diverse fishing opportunities in Central Alberta. In the latest edition of our Central Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find over 400 detailed listings for lake fishing and river fishing, including specific fishing hotspots, resident and stocked species and the best fishing methods for a particular lake or river. From trout to whitefish, grayling, walleye, pike and more, we have got you covered.
Hunting is deeply ingrained in Alberta’s heritage, and Central Alberta has nearly all of the game species you can find in the province. From hunting for bear, moose and dear to hunting for waterfowl and small game such as partridge or hare, there is something for everyone in this area. In the latest edition of our Central Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find detailed descriptions and tips for the area’s main species as well as a list of Central Alberta’s WMUs (Wildlife Management Units), from Camrose to Cold Lake, Hinton, Lloydminster, Rocky Mountain House and beyond.
From long-distance journeys along the Athabasca and North Saskatchewan Rivers to technical whitewater paddling in Jasper National Park and peaceful lake paddling in the northern reaches of this book, there is something for all types of paddlers in Central Alberta. In the latest edition of our Central Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find close to 100 detailed listings for paddling adventures, complete with put-in and take-out locations, highlights and grade of difficulty.
For some of the best beaches, campsites and picnic areas, as well as some of the best hiking, biking, paddling and birdwatching, Central Alberta’s Provincial and National Parks and Public Land Use Zones are often the best option. In the latest edition of our Central Alberta Backroads Mapbook you will find close to 150 detailed park listings, including Lakeland Provincial Rec Area, Elk Island National Park, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park and many more.
Whether you prefer hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, horseback riding or snowshoeing, it is not hard to find a trail to explore in Central Alberta. Places like Jasper National Park and Wilmore Wilderness Park contain seemingly endless trail systems, while the further east you travel the sparser your trail options become. The newest edition of our Central Alberta Backroad Mapbook contains over 350 detailed listings for multi-use trails, from Athabasca to Nordegg and beyond.
From muddy forest trails to wide open sand dunes and easy-to-ride roads, there is no shortage of terrain for ATVers in Central Alberta. In the newest edition of our Central Alberta Backroad Mapbook we list over 70 popular ATV riding areas, from Brazeau River to Grande Mountain and beyond, and our Oilfield Road Map makes finding that perfect ride easier than ever.
With over 5,000 km (3,100 mi) of designated snowmobile trails in Central Alberta, and terrain varying from alpine mountain ranges to sprawling prairies, snowmobilers have plenty to choose from in this area. In the latest edition of our Central Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find over 70 detailed listings of snowmobile trails and areas, including snowmobiling areas around Cold Lake, Grand Cache, Red Deer and more.
Thanks to its large area and diverse topography, Central Alberta is home to many species of wildlife. From large mammals such as deer, elk, moose and bison to smaller creatures like beavers, hare and muskrat, as well as large populations of migratory and resident birds, wildlife viewers have plenty to see in Central Alberta. In the latest edition of our Central Alberta Mapbook you will find dozens of detailed listings for the best places to view wildlife in the area, including Beaverhill Lake, Elk Island National Park and many more.
Central Alberta enjoys long winters and abundant snowfall, with plenty of recreation options for cross-country skiers and snowshoers as well as some areas for downhill skiers and snowboarders. Backcountry skiers and snowboarders flock to the Rocky Mountains as well. In the latest edition of our Central Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find close to 100 detailed listings for winter recreation in the area, including adventures in Jasper National Park, the Wapta Icefield, Kinsoo Ridge and more.
If I buy the print edition, can I get a copy of the PDF included? The print makes sense for planning while the PDF would be useful on the road.