Are you looking for your next big adventure? If so, you need to visit a sand dune in Saskatchewan that will have you feeling like you are in the Sahara Desert.

When you picture Canada's north chances are you think of polar bears, mountains and ice, but along Lake Athabasca, you'll find a vast 1925 km² sand dune! The Athabasca Sand Dunes are the most northernly active sand dunes on Earth, and the largest sand surface in Canada!

 

Exploring the Athabasca Sand Dunes you could walk for days seeing nothing but sand. The unique landscape has some giant sand dunes that reach up to 30 metres high and enormous kame (a hill made out of sand and gravel) that reach up to 60 metres tall! Yet amongst all the sand found in the Athabasca Sand Dunes there are also rare plants not found anywhere else in the planet.

Due to the isolated location of the Athabasca Sand Dunes and the rugged landscape, it is best if you visit as part of a group tour. The only way to reach the dunes is by a float plane from Fort McMurray or Edmonton.

Several tour companies offer small group tours of the Athabasca Sand Dunes which sound amazing! As part of the trip, you can experience seeing a relatively unknown location in Canada. While at the dune you will be able to camp under the stars and drive dune buggies over the sandy wilderness.

For more information about the Athabasca Sand Dunes, visit the Tourism Saskatchewan website.

 

Disclaimer: Cover photos used for illustrative purposes only. 

 
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