Welcome to the 3rd edition of the Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook!
Covering a diverse topography of Rocky Mountain peaks, gently sloping foothills, sprawling prairie and boreal forest, Northern Alberta is a vast wilderness rife with recreational opportunities on top of its infamous Oil & Gas industry. From hiking to hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, ATVing, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more, this area has it all. Covering the Grande Prairie and Lac La Biche areas in the south to Peace River and Fort McMurray further north and the remote wilderness of Wood Buffalo National Park along the Northwest Territories border, this Mapbook covers a massive area. Our team has worked tirelessly to bring you the most comprehensive, detailed coverage for this large region, from our industry-leading topographic maps that showcase Oil & Gas information along with countless recreational activities along with our meticulously researched adventure listings. Although the sheer expanse of Northern Alberta can be staggering, the latest edition of our Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook will provide you with everything you need to explore this area with confidence. Whether you are looking to drop a line into a remote Northern Alberta Lake, kick up some mud on a world-class ATV trail or test your hunting skills in search of that trophy buck, let our Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook show you the way!
The latest edition of our Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook features 97 industry-leading topographic maps, including 20 new maps at 1:250,000 scale covering the north-central part of the province. Our maps contain labeled recreation sites, amenities, highways, backcountry roads, resource roads, trails and other points of interest. New to this edition, we now include an Oil and Gas information with gas plants and compressor stations, as well as Municipal Regional District Areas and more detailed water features and seismic line corridors. Printed on durable paper and protected by a heavy-duty spiral-bound cover, you won’t find an easier-to-use or more detailed collection of maps for Northern Alberta anywhere!
We list the best places to find accommodations, tours, guides, sales and services in Slave Lake, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie and more.
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.
While much of Northern Alberta is remote wilderness that lies beyond the reach of any road, there are still many historical, cultural and natural attractions easily accessible from a major highway or backroad. In the latest edition of our Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find dozens of detailed listings for the best places to stop along the area’s main routes, from Fort McMurray to Adam Ranch, Athabasca and beyond.
Northern Alberta is a haven for lake fishing and offers some good river fishing as well. The Peace River Region, in particular, is known as one of the best rainbow trout fisheries in Canada. In the latest edition of our Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find close to 400 detailed fishing listings for the area, complete with fishing hotspots, fish species, access and stocking information. From trout to walleye, pike and whitefish, we’ve got you covered.
Northern Alberta enjoys a rich hunting heritage that dates back for countless generations. With such a diverse range of terrain found in the region, hunters have plenty of species to pursue. From big game hunting for moose, bear and deer to waterfowl hunting and small game hunting for partridge and pheasant, Northern Alberta has it all. In the latest edition of our Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find detailed descriptions and tips for the area’s main species, as well as a breakdown of the area’s WMUs (Wildlife Management Units).
Northern Alberta boasts big lakes and big rivers, with many more long-distance paddling options than short technical runs. In the latest edition of our Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find close to 100 detailed paddling route descriptions, complete with put-in and take-out locations, highlights and difficulty for Smoke Lake, Rainbow Lake, Lesser Slave Lake, the Mackay River and beyond.
Northern Alberta’s Provincial and National Parks contain some of the best camping, hiking, biking and fishing that you will find anywhere in the province. Many parks are comprised of remote, ecologically sensitive areas that are a true wonder to behold. In the latest edition of our Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find close to 150 park listings complete with information on access, size, facilities and activities. For the best park adventures around High Prairie, Athabasca, Spirit River, Fawcett and beyond, look no further.
While trails are sparser in Northern Alberta than in the south of the province, there are still plenty of multi-use routes to explore. The main hiking corridor in the area is comprised of the Trans Canada Trail, which travels through Fort Assiniboine, Lesser Slave Lake and Peace River. In the latest edition of our Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find over 70 detailed trail listings complete with access, difficulty, highlights and permitted uses.
ATV (OHV) Adventures
Northern Alberta’s vast area is a playground for ATVs. While there are a few designated riding areas, much of the best riding can be found along the thousands of kilometers of backroads, cutlines, pipelines, corridors, cleared routes and abandoned trails. In the latest edition of our Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find over 40 detailed descriptions of the best places to ride, and our new Oilfield Road Map makes getting to that secluded riding area easier than ever.
When the snow falls, Northern Alberta turns into a snowmobiler’s paradise. While there are many formal riding areas maintained by dedicated snowmobile clubs, much of the rideable terrain in this area is found along unplowed logging, oil and gas roads, seismic lines and cut lines. The only real limitations to snowmobiling in the area are found within municipal boundaries and provincial parks. In the latest edition of our Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find dozens of detailed descriptions for snowmobile areas, including areas around Anzac, Cold Lake, La Crete, Stony Mountain and more.
Northern Alberta is renowned for its abundant wildlife and is home to many species of animals and birds. Wood Buffalo National Park is the premiere wildlife viewing area in Northern Alberta and is home to many bison. Other animals you can find in this part of Alberta include elk, moose, deer, wolves, bear and countless species of birds. In the latest edition of our Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find dozens of detailed listings of the best places to view wildlife in the area, including Cross Lake Provincial Park, Fort Assiniboine Sandhills Wildland Park, Goose Mountain Ecological Reserve and many others.
With winter often lasting close to half of the year in Northern Alberta, winter recreation is a big part of the culture here. From cross-country skiing to snowshoeing, downhill skiing and snowboarding, there are plenty of options for snow-based recreation in Northern Alberta. In the latest edition of our Northern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find dozens of detailed winter recreation listings for the areas around Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Fairview, Manning, Peace River and more.