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Athabasca, Boyle & District


Guide 2013-2014

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To: Wabasca

Grand Rapids Wilderness Adventures

Rock Island Lake

Orloff Lake

To: Fort McMurray 63

Fawcett Lake Corrigal (Round) Lake Calling Lake

Calling Lake Provincial Park

o: Slave Lake

Wandering River

Smith 2

2A Hondo Rest Area P.R.A. Poacher's Landing

Lawrence Lake Chain Lakes

TWP SHP 684 (Richmond Park Road)

La Biche River Wildland Provincial Park

RR 214




Ghost Lake Island Lake

Jackfish Lake

Grassland Atmore

44 West Baptiste

Cross Lake Provincial Park Long Lake




Narrow Lake

63 Chump Lake Skeleton Lake 663


Caslan Amisk Lake



North Buck Lake Provincial Recreation Area

Hope Lake


Forfar Park


Amber Valley

55 To: Lac La Biche





Sunset Beach

Charron Lake

Boyle Fish Pond

2 Perryvale


Long Lake Provincial Park

63 Rochester 661

831 Newbrook


44 To: Edmonton



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Welcome! Dotted with dozens of picturesque lakes and threaded by the mighty Athabasca River, set against the backdrop of lush boreal forests, the Athabasca-Boyle region offers scenic natural vistas and unique recreation opportunities, all less than 90 minutes’ drive north of Edmonton.


Our Communities:

The Athabasca-Boyle region has experienced an upward trend in growth over the past several years. Much of this growth can be attributed to industrial development, both within the region and beyond, as many families are choosing our small communities, lakefront and rural living as an alternative to the big city lifestyle. According to the 2011 Census, over 11,500 people live in the Athabasca-Boyle region.

Athabasca – Population 2990. The primary service centre of our region, Athabasca was founded as a Hudson’s Bay Company depot and built by entrepreneurs and homesteaders. Today, Athabasca thrives on history, music, arts, culture and recreation.

Geography: River valleys are among the most striking features of the AthabascaBoyle region, highlighted by the majestic Athabasca River, which enters the region near the hamlet of Smith, and winds its way south to the Town of Athabasca before turning north towards Fort McMurray and Lake Athabasca. Also shaping our landscape is the Tawatinaw River valley, which parallels Highway 2 between Athabasca and Clyde; and the Muskeg Creek valley, which runs north-south on the west side of the Town of Athabasca.

Boyle – Population 916. Located at the south end of the Alberta Energy Corridor (Highway 63), Boyle offers a comfortable small-town lifestyle with amenities that include recreational facilities, motel lodging, rodeo grounds and vibrant commercial district and more. Camping, boating fishing and golf are located just minutes away. Colinton — Population 215. Located in the heart of the picturesque Tawatinaw River valley and a key stopping point on the former Athabasca Landing Trail, Colinton features the region’s only bowling alley, and the famous Colinton Hotel steak night every Thursday throughout the summer, which regularly draws visitors from over a hour’s drive away. Grassland — Population 94. The halfway point on Highway 63 between Edmonton and Fort McMurray, and a key service centre for the nearby Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries pulp mill, Grassland offers a variety of services for the traveling public. It’s modern Community Centre plays host a variety of events including sportsmens shows, quad rallies and grass drags. Rochester — Population 101. Near the headwaters of the meandering Tawatinaw River lies this active, vibrant community. Local volunteers maintain a convenient roadside campground along the nearby Highway 2, and the community comes alive each August for the annual Rochester & District Ag Society Fair, which features an amazingly creative small-town parade.

Lakefront living is popular with both residents and visitors to the Athabasca-Boyle region. Whether boating, fishing, camping or just listening as the water quietly laps the shoreline, there are dozens of locations to enjoy life on the water. Among the more popular water bodies in the region are Baptiste Lake and Island Lake (both located west of Athabasca), Skeleton and Amisk Lake (east of Boyle), Calling Lake (60 km north of Athabasca), Long Lake/Narrow Lake (southwest of Athabasca off Highway 663) and Long Lake (south of Boyle in the County of Thorhild).

Climate: The Athabasca-Boyle Region averages 382 mm of rain and 122 cm of snow per year. Average temperatures range from 16 C at the height of summer to -15 C in January. The region’s latitude provides almost 17.5 hours of daylight at the summer solstice, and just over seven hours in December.

Wandering River — Population 71. One of the fastest-growing communities in the Alberta Energy Corridor, Wandering River represents the last stop on Highway 63 on your way north to Fort McMurray. A great rest stop for motorists, Wandering River offers camping, hotel accommodations and the scenic yet challenging nine-hole Riverside Golf Course. Smith-Hondo — Population 218. In the northwest corner of our region, within the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River, lies the twin hamlets of Smith and Hondo. The communities’ Fall Fair on the Labour Day weekend offer animal exhibits and exciting pony chuck and chariot races. Smith is also a popular launch point for canoe and raft expeditions down the Athabasca River to the Town of Athabasca, or beyond to Poacher’s Landing near Grassland. Calling Lake — Population 189. Located approximately 60 km north of Athabasca, Calling Lake lies within the M.D. of Opportunity and is part of the Bigstone Cree Nation. Popular with cottagers, Calling Lake has a beautiful forest campground and offers some of the best fishing in the region. 2013-2014 Athabasca, Boyle & District Visitor’s Guide


First settled in the late 1800’s, Athabasca grew quickly to become a thriving community. Originally an important Hudson’s Bay Company outpost that linked the Athabasca Landing Trail to Edmonton with the Athabasca River routes to both Fort Chipewyan and the Peace Country, Athabasca grew to prominence on the strength of brave entrepreneurs seeking to capitalize on the fur trade, European immigrants who established homesteads in the region, and Métis and First Nations people who formed the early labour force. Today, Athabasca continues to flourish as one of Alberta’s most vibrant and picturesque communities in which to live play and work, with the Athabasca River serving as a constant reminder of our history and heritage.

Lots to do and see in Athabasca!


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Town of Athabasca

Athabasca Riverfront

Alice B. Donahue Library & Archives

Newly redeveloped, the historic Athabasca Landing features a spray park, skateboard park, boat launch, picnic area, paving walking trail, outdoor stage and heritage displays.

Well-stocked library offers Internet access and copying services, while the archives house a comprehensive chronicle of the region’s history, including photos and newspaper clippings. 780-675-2735

Athabasca Regional Multiplex

Historic Walking Tour

Located on the west side of Athabasca adjacent to Athabasca University, our showcase multi-purpose facility houses an arena, curling rink and fieldhouse. Perfect for family recreation, team sports events and meetings/ conferences of any size. 780-675-2967

A self-guided trip of historic buildings and sites throughout Athabasca. Informative guide book is available at the Library and Town Office. 780-675-2063

Athabasca University As Canada’s Open University, AU serves over 38,000 students, offering 830 courses in more than 50 different programs. Stroll around the outdoor fountain and well-maintained campus, or schedule a tour of the building. 780-675-6709

Athabasca Golf & Country Club Ranked by Golf Canada as the 4th toughest course in Canada, this championship-calibre 18-hole layout includes a pro shop, driving range and licensed clubhouse. One of Alberta’s hidden gems! 780-675-3733

Muskeg Creek Trails 17km of looped trails along a meandering creek. Perfect for walking and hiking in the summer, cross-country skiing in the winter. 1.2 km lighted loop. No motorized vehicles. 780-675-2967

Athabasca Landing Pool 25m swimming pool with separate kiddie pool, hot tub and sauna. Public & family swimming, lessons offered. 780-675-5656

Athabasca Native Friendship Centre Housed in a unique log building, this active community organization offers locally-made native arts and crafts, and also operates the Riddle SecondHand Store — a potential picker’s gold mine! 780-675-3086

Downtown Retail Sector Athabasca’s commercial district, located between 48 St. and 52 St., offers a variety of gift, craft and specialty stores, plus all the essentials for residents and visitors alike. The area comes alive during Moonlight Madness in late November, and Customer Appreciation Day in July.

Nancy Appleby Theatre This 280-seat theatre hosts dozens of performances throughout the year, from local dance and music festivals, folk music concert series, high school drama productions and more. 780-675-2967

Lions Centennial Park Enjoy the view of Athabasca from high across the river at the Lions Centennial Park, or share a picnic lunch under the gazebo. To access the park, take Highway 813 north towards Calling Lake and take your first left after you cross the Athabasca River bridge – watch for signs. 2013-2014 Athabasca, Boyle & District Visitor’s Guide


athaBASCA visitor’s centre • Gift store • Local Handmade Arts & Crafts • Free internet • Local, Provincial & National Visitor’s Information

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Hosting an event, meeting or gathering in Athabasca? Whether it is a business meeting, birthday party, wedding or convocation ceremony, the Athabasca Regional Multiplex has facility rentals available for parties ranging from 10 people to 1600 people. Athabasca Regional Multiplex Society #2 University Drive Athabasca, AB T9S 0A3 Telephone: (780) 675-2967 Fax: (780) 675-2703

Facilities available for rent are: • Scotia Bank Meeting Room • Perpetual Meeting Room • Combined Meeting Room (Scotia and Perpetual) • Buy Low Lounge • CNRL Curling Rink • Cenovus Arena • Rotary Field House • Athabasca Landing Pool • Nancy Appleby Theatre

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Athabasca Royal Canadian Legion

The mission of the Royal Canadian Legion is to serve veterans and their dependants, promote remembrance and act in the service of Canada and its communities. The future of our Legion depends on you. Because of the declining number of veterans and the aging of our current membership, we are appealing to the community to help us revive our organization. If you agree with our ideals, aims, and objectives, this may be the perfect organization for you to join. However, membership alone is not enough to help us carry on. Our strength comes from numbers, and many hands make light work. Each Saturday afternoon, we have a meat draw where members, their guests, and anybody who wants to attend gather for some social fun and the chance to win one of about 18 meat draws. This is the main fundraiser for our Ways and Means portfolio. Currently, the Legion is running Beat the Deck, which involves a deck of cards and the chance to pick the one card that will win you a huge jackpot. The lucky winner gets half! This has proven to be a wonderful fundraising opportunity for us and we have raised over $50,000 so far. The bulk of this money goes into the community. The groups we have given money to include Minor Hockey, Flips Gymnastics, Figure Skating,

Girl Guides, Ukrainian Dancers, Words Work, Dance Society, Rapids Swim Club, the High School Football Team, Karate, Marine Biology, Scouts, Playschool and the Native Friendship Centre. Last year we were able to give back approximately $25,000. We do want to stress emphatically that you do not have to be a Legion member to come in, have a beverage, and make use of the sporting equipment. We have darts, shuffleboard, pool, semi-big screen TV, cards, and Wednesday night Legion golf. This is all at the local branch, and we also have district and area sporting events

where participants can advance all the way to the national level. Our lower level facilities are also available for rent for weddings, anniversaries, meetings, and any special occasion. The rental comes with a full kitchen and a bar can be provided with or without a bartender. The Legion is open Wednesday to Friday 4:00 p.m. to close and Saturday 2:00 p.m. to close. We are located at 4801 48 Street, across from the Brick School. Children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. At the Legion, every hour is happy hour as we are able to keep the price of beverages quite reasonable. We can always use volunteers because the Legion supports the arts, sports, the entire community and provides bursaries and scholarships to students. There is also the annual Poppy Fund Drive, where all proceeds go to veterans and their dependants. The Legion wants you to be a part of it all. Help us continue to keep up the good works of the Legion and promote awareness of the sacrifices of those who came before us. Lest We Forget.

ATHABASCA LEGION BRANCH #103 4801 - 48 St. 780-675-2173 DWKD#WHOXVQHW BEAT THE DECK DRAW: Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. MEAT DRAWS: Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.


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signature events Our region’s calendar is dotted with events that draw participants and spectators from around the area and beyond. Plan your visit to the Athabasca-Boyle region around any of these signature events for a sure-fire good time.

Magnificent River Rats Festival

Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic

Known as the largest rural Canada Day festival in Western Canada, the 2013 Magnificent River Rats Festival goes June 29-30. Centred at the Riverfront Stage in downtown Athabasca, the festival include live music, children’s activities, a parade, a vintage vehicle show-and-shine, fireworks and craft tables. Visit for updated performer lists, ticket information and all the other details.

Boyle native and TSN commentator Bryan Mudryk returns home every summer to host a fundraising golf tournament and dinner in support of the Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) in Edmonton. Over its 10-year history, it has grown to become one of the largest annual CCI fundraisers in the province, and looks to break the $1 million mark in all-time funds raised this year. The golf sells out early, but information on tickets to the June 15 banquet is available at

Harvest Gold Old-Time Fiddlers Weekend Held every Labour Day weekend at the Athabasca Regional Multiplex, the Harvest Gold Old-Time Fiddlers weekend is one of the most popular fiddle events in Alberta. A fiddle dance, jamboree and judged fiddle competitions for all age categories are all part of the weekend.


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Hawg Flatts Pig Roast & Bike Rally The 14th annual Hawg Flatts Pig Roast & Bike Rally goes July 12-14, 2013. Popular with motorbike enthusiasts from across north-central Alberta, the weekend event includes bike rodeos, beer gardens, live bands and other activities, with camping, showers and firewood provided at the rally site, located 38 km west of Athabasca on Highway 2. More information at

Rochester Fair

Billy Loutit Despatch

The annual Rochester Fair is always a popular event. Held Aug. 9-11, includes a pancake breakfast; one of the best parades in the entire region; craft vendor exhibits; heritage displays; wagon train tours of the townsite; displays of vintage vehicles and farm machinery; beer gardens; a supper featuring local musical entertainment; cowboy church; old-time livestock exhibitions; a quilt show;; ball games, a bench show and a heavy horse pull.

Named for a Métis mailrunner who, in 1904, ran to Edmonton in 16 hours with an important message (despatch) about flooding in Athabasca, the Billy Loutit Despatch is now a popular summer triathlon, to be held this year July 20-21. Standard and sprint version of the triathlon are held, along with the popular Kids of Steel event for children aged 7-14. Visit billyloutit. ca for more information.

Grassland Mud Bogs ATV use is wildly popular in the Athabasca-Boyle region, and folks in the Grassland area always find unique ways to add some fun and competition to it. Past years have seen snowmobile grass drags, quad rodeos and ATV pulls, and this year’s event, to take place sometime in August, is set to feature mud bogging. For more information as the date draws closer, contact Don at 780-525-5820.

Boyle Rodeo & Boyle Wildberry Festival The Boyle Ag Society presents its annual rodeo July 20-21. With a full lineup of rodeo events each day and live entertainment, it’s an event not to miss. And don’t forget the pancake breakfast and Boyle Parade Saturday morning. For tickets or more information, contact Keith at 780-327-9605. The Boyle Betterment Committee hosts the third annual Boyle Wildberry Festival in mid-August (exact dates TBA). Enjoy a street festival with berry-themed games and activities, a supper with live entertainment and a dance in the Boyle Community Centre, For more information, contact Wendy at 780-689-5001. 2013-2014 Athabasca, Boyle & District Visitor’s Guide


outdoor activities

In the Athabasca-Boyle region, we love to play outside. It’s no wonder, with lush boreal forests, picturesque lakes and rivers, and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities at our doorstep.


Peace River Trail

Recreational fishing is available on most lakes and rivers in the AthabascaBoyle region. See the fishing guide on page 23 for more information. Obtain the official Alberta Fishing Guide for full rules and regulations. Visit for information on guided fishing trips throughout the region.

From a trailhead just north of Athabasca off Highway 813, 60.2 km of trails link to Smith. Open to ATVs and snowmobiles, there are camping areas, toilet facilities and necessary signage along the way. Watch for some steep sections. Trail bridges are 8 feet wide.

Boating Boat launches are available at most lakes in the region, as well as at various points along the Athabasca River. For a special experience, Grand Rapids Wilderness Adventures offers guided excursions along the Athabasca River, all the way to the historic Grand Rapids. Visit www.athabasca-river. com for more information.

Muskeg Creek Trails A well-maintained 17.5 km trail system criss-crosses the Muskeg Creek valley on the west side of the town of Athabasca. Perfect for walking and biking in the summer months, and groomed for cross-country skiing in the winter. Link from the trails to the Athabasca riverfront via the paved Rotary Way trail, or to the Athabasca University campus. A 1.2 km loop is lit for evening use. No motorized vehicles permitted. For more info call 780675-2967.

Athabasca Landing Trail Following the historic route first mapped out as a Hudson’s Bay Company trade corridor, the trail’s most popular section is 32 km between Athabasca and Perryvale along the Tawatinaw River. Further sections are being developed. No motorized vehicles permitted.


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Athabasca River Runners Snowmobile Trails The local snowmobile club helps maintain over 350 miles of trails that can take you as far away as the town of Whitecourt. A clubhouse with staging area is located just west of Athabasca. Signage is in place throughout the trail system. Care and consideration is urged at all times, particularly within municipal boundaries.

Poacher’s Landing Located along the Athabasca River north of Grassland and the AlbertaPacific Forest Industries millsite, Poacher’s Landing is a provincial recreation area offering camping and a staging area for ATVs using the nearby trail system. Watch for steep sections and bridge crossings. For more information, call 780-623-5235.

MAGNIFICENT RIVER RATS FESTIVAL Since 1996, Athabasca’s Magnificent River Rats Festival has become well-known as one of the premier outdoor music events in the province.

Featuring an all-Canadian music line-up, the Magnificent River Rats Festival serves as a showcase for talented local musicians, a means for regional bands to reach new audiences, and a popular venue that has hosted some of Canada’s best known artists. Past Magnificent River Rats headliners have included country music icons like Charlie Major, Prairie Oyster and Michelle Wright; popular folk artists like Leahy, Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard; and classic Canadian rockers like Randy Bachman, Kim Mitchell, Glass Tiger and Honeymoon Suite. But there’s much more to the Magnificent River Rats Festival than the great music. There’s a wide range of children’s activities, a wildly popular classic car show & shine, arts & crafts vendors, on-site food service, a downtown parade, and a spectacular fireworks display to cap it all off. Part of Athabasca’s Canada Day celebrations, the 2013 Magnificent River Rats Festival will be held June 29-30 — and it all takes place in the unparalleled setting that is Athabasca’s picturesque and historic riverfront. For ticket information, updated performer lists and more information, visit

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small towns, big hearts Be sure to visit some of our region’s hamlets and summer villages. They offer a variety of recreation opportunities, historic attractions and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.


Amber Valley

Amber Valley


In the early 1900’s, 170 Black settlers came from Oklahoma in search of a more tolerant home and formed the community of Amber Valley, east of Athabasca. Though most of the original families have moved on, the Amber Valley Cultural Centre, Obadiah Place homestead and Jordan Murphy Cemetery remain. Tours of the museum are available by appointment. Contact Jim at 780-213-1505.

Located south of Athabasca in the scenic Tawatinaw River valley, Colinton hosts the region’s only bowling alley. The Colinton Hotel’s Thursday steak nights, held throughout the summer months, draw regular visitors from as far away as Edmonton. In the fall, the valley comes alive with colour as the leaves change.



Prominently located at the junction of Highways 63 & 55 where Fort McMurray travelers make the final northward turn, residents of Atmore show their pride through two signature events, a Hoof-a-Thon trail ride May 4-5 in support of the world-leading Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton, and a popular Community Christmas Supper Dec. 6 that supports the local food bank and Santas Anonymous programs.

Located on the east side of our region along Highway 63, Grassland is well known as a convenient stopping point for travelers between Edmonton and Fort McMurray. The community offers several options to fuel vehicles and motorists alike. Grassland’s community hall hosts several community and cultural events, and the Grassland also hosts motorsports events such as a Father’s Day show & shine in June, mud bog races in August, plus quad rodeos and ATV rallies.

Calling Lake


Located north of Athabasca on Highway 813, Calling Lake is the earliest known settlement in the region. First Nations tribes discovered plentiful fishing in the lake, which remains today as one of the preferred spots for anglers. Part of the Bigstone Cree Nation, Calling Lake offers camping, summer and full-time cottage living, and necessary amenities at two local stores.

Located just off Highway 2, deep in the Tawatinaw valley, Perryvale carries a nostalgic feel with the classic architecture of its two churches, old-style general store and community centre. Locally-produced honey is available, and soft ice cream is popular throughout the summer.


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Skeleton Lake Golf Course


Baptiste Lake


Summer Villages Baptiste & Island Lake

A historic community founded in 1912 by the Canadian Northern Railway, Rochester remains an active, vibrant community with a school, hotel and plenty of green space. The local agricultural society maintains a convenient roadside campground along Highway 2, and hosts a number of dances, suppers, bingos and other events throughout the year to bring the community together. A highlight every August is the Rochester Fair, which features a lengthy candy-throwing parade, children’s games, heavy horse pulling events and an old-time bench show.

Located west of Athabasca, and handful of summer villages surround the neighbouring lakes of Baptiste and Island Lake. Campgrounds, picnic areas, boating and fishing are available at both, and Island Lake has a special bird-watching area.

Smith-Hondo In the northwest corner of our region lie the twin communities of Smith & Hondo. Located near the confluence of the Athabasca and Lesser Slave Rivers, it’s a popular launching point for canoe or raft trips down the Athabasca River. There’s a rustic antique store/restaurant to stop for lunch, and the community shows its pride every Labour Day weekend with the Smith-Hondo Fall Fair that features animal exhibits, kids’ games and exciting pony chuck and chariot races.

Skeleton Lake East of Boyle lie picturesque Skeleton Lake and the summer villages of Bondiss and Mewatha Beach. There are camping and picnic areas around the lake, and challenging nine-hole golf at the Skeleton Lake Golf Course. Not far further east, near Caslan, are Amisk Lake and North Buck Lake, both of which also have day use areas.

Wandering River The last stop on the northward trek up Highway 63 to Fort McMurray, Wandering River is a growing community, set to prosper as the northern anchor of the Alberta Energy Corridor. It offers a myriad of services for travelers, and a fun yet challenging golf experience at the nine-hole Riverside Golf Course. 2013-2014 Athabasca, Boyle & District Visitor’s Guide


EVENTS CALENDAR January January Last Sunday when Long Lake Ski Hill operating Family Fun Day January 5 Whispering Hills Country Music Association “Jam Session” Art 780-675-4828 Kelly Lynn 780-675-5357 January 12 Amber Valley Jam Session Virginia 780-675-4699 Marion 780-675-4395 January 11-13 Athabasca Curling Club Mixed Bonspiel Wayne Schinkinger 780-675-5216 January 27 Tawatinaw Valley Cross Country Loppett Tawatinaw Valley Ski Hill Lodge 780-698-2212 February February 3 Whispering Hills Country Music Association “Jam Session” Art 780-675-4828 Kelly Lynn 780-675-5357 February 7 Annual Farm Women’s Conference Sponsored by the Ag Service Board of the County Roxanne 780-675-2273 February 9 Grassland Kalina Dancers Ukrainian Night Nicole 780-689-1711 February Last Sunday when Long Lake Ski Hill operating Family Fun Day February 9 Amber Valley Jam Session Virginia 780-675-4699 Marion 780-675-4395 February 12 Rochester Ag. Society Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 February 15 Heartwood Folk Club - Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra Peter O’Prishko 780-916-6871 Or 780-424-2915, 780-525-2161 February 16 Rochester Sweetheart Supper Sandy Oko 780-698-2355


February 16 Amber Valley Family Day Virginia 780-675-4699 Marion 780-675-4395 February 16 Amber Valley Annual Supper & Dance Virginia 780-675-4699 Marion 780-675-4395 February 17 Athabasca River Runners Snowmobile Club Poker Rally Dave 780-675-3229 February 18 Tawatinaw Family Day Races & BBQ Tawatinaw Valley Ski Hill Lodge 780-698-2212 February 18 Long Lake Ski Hill Family Day Ski Day & Pancake Breakfast Feb. 23 Rochester Travel Club & School Band Roast Beef Dinner & Dance Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 Feb. 24 Heartwood Folk Club Julian Kytasty Peter O’Prishko 780-916-6871 Or 780-424-2915, 780-525-2161


March TBA Grassland Community Centre Craft Sale & Athabasca Farmer’s Market Ruth 780-525-2332 March 3 Whispering Hills Country Music Association “Jam Session” Art 780-675-4828 Kelly Lynn 780-675-5357 March 7 Heartwood Folk Club Amelia Curran Peter O’Prishko 780-916-6871 Or 780-424-2915, 780-525-2161 March 9 Tawatinaw Ski/ Snowboard Slope Style Tawatinaw Valley Ski Hill Lodge 780-698-2212 March 9 Amber Valley Jam Session Virginia 780-675-4699 Marion 780-675-4395 March 12 Rochester Ag. Society Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 March 13-21 Athabasca & District Music Festival Ida Edwards 780-675-4524

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March 15-17 Athabasca Curling Club Ladies Bonspiel Wayne Schinkinger 780-675-5216 March 22-24 Athabasca Curling Club Men’s Bonspiel Wayne Schinkinger 780-675-5216 March 23 Koch Ford 12th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt Mandy Krelser/Angie Hurrie 780-675-3673 March 30 Amber Valley Spring Market Darlene Zelman 780-675-2521


April 7 Whispering Hills Country Music Association “Jam Session” Art 780-675-4828 Kelly Lynn 780-675-5357 April 9 Rochester Ag. Society Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 April 11 Heartwood Folk Club Steel Wheels Peter O’Prishko 780-916-6871 Or 780-424-2915, 780-525-2161 April 13 Amber Valley Jam Session Virginia 780-675-4699 Marion 780-675-4395 April 14 Elvis Tribute by Mark Stevenz at Rochester Hall Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 April 19 Heartwood Folk Club Connie Kaldor Peter O’Prishko 780-916-6871 Or 780-424-2915, 780-525-2161 April 21 Athabasca Anglican Church Golden Memories Choir Concert Sunday Mary Olson 780-675-5516 April 27 Amber Valley Chicken Supper Gil 780-675-3490 Marion 780-675-4395 April 27 Rochester Spring Fling Sandy Oko 780-698-2355


May 3 Senior Choir Festival for Northern Alberta - Nancy Appleby Theatre Mary Olson 780-675-5516

May 4 Perryvale Ladies Club Chicken Supper May 4 Atmore Hoof-A-Thon for Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute Nicole 780-525-2183 Peggy 780-525-2258 May 4 & 5 Ukrainian Folk Dance Club Year End Performance Stephanie Martin 780-675-3981 May 5 Whispering Hills Country Music Association “Jam Session” Art - 780-675-4828 Kelly Lynn - 780-675-5357 May 10, 11, 12 Park View Springboard Hoe Down Andy Delorme 780-675-3606 May 11 Amber Valley Jam Session Virginia - 780-675-4699 Marion - 780-675-4395 May 11 Athabasca Pottery Club Open House & Sale Rosie 780-675-4598 May 14 Rochester Ag. Society Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 May 25 Riverbank Golfing 2 Men or 2 Women Best Ball Tournament $60/person Bruce 780-771-2582 Or 780-404-5309 May 31 Athabasca Rotary Club Golf Tournament Cindy Bizon 780-525-8003 Amber Valley Museum To visit call Jim 780-213-1505


June 1 Skeleton Lake Battle of the Paddle Boat Race #5 Terry 780-689-6736 June 2 Whispering Hills Country Music Association “Jam Session” Art 780-675-4828 Kelly Lynn 780-675-5357 June 6, 7, & 8 Athabasca University Convocation Mel 780-675-6646 June 8 Annual Marty Mudryk United Cycle Bike Marathon #7 Marty 780-887-4936

June 8 & 9 Athabasca Oilmen’s Golf Tournament Keith Kirkpatrick 780-516-1925 June 7, 8 & 9 Amber Valley Old Country Music Jam Virginia 780-675-4699 June 11 Rochester Ag. Society Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 June 15 Bryan Mudryk 11th Anniversary Golf Classic Terry 780-689-6736 June 16 Riverbank Golfing Fathers Day Golf 9 Holes Free & Barbeque Meal for $9/plate Bruce 780-771-2582 Or 780-404-5309 June 16 Athabasca & District Society Open Horse Show Dee Lambert 780-675-1208 June 16 Grassland Fire Dept. Annual Father’s Day Show & Shine & Open House at the Grassland Fire Hall Mel Peterson 780-212-0039 Travis Johnson 780-327-4357 Don 780-525-5820 June 17 Dessert Night featuring Seeds of Hope Children’s Ministry Cheryl Balay 780-675-7161 Amber Valley Museum To visit call Jim 780-213-1505 June 22 Riverbank Golfing - Step Aside Texas Scramble Tournament Bruce 780-771-2582 Or 780-404-5309 June 29 & 30 Magnificent River Rats Festival - Fireworks June 30 Rod Foster 780-675-9633 June 30 Riverbank Golfing - Family Fun and Fireworks at 11pm Bruce 780-771-2582 Or 780-404-5309


July TBA Amber Valley Canada Day Weekend Darlene Melton 780-213-1735 July TBA Amber Valley Ball Tournament Jim 780-213-1505

EVENTS CALENDAR July TBA Grassland 10th Anniversary of New Hall Lovette 780-525-3961 July 1-5 Athletes in Action Soccer Camp Sponsored by the Athabasca Ministerial Association Marty Hays 780-675-2454

August 9, 10 & 11 Rochester & District Ag Society Annual Fair Frank 780-698-2474 Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 August 10 & 11 Grosmont Annual Slow Pitch Tourn, BBQ & Dance Sue 780-675-4973

July 09 Rochester Ag. Society Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355

August 13 Rochester Ag. Society Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355

July 12, 13 & 14 Annual Hawg Flatts Bike Rally Matt Schults 780-689-1717

August 14 Athabasca Golf & Country Club Seniors Open Kyle 780-675-4599

July 20 Riverbank Golfing Members Tournament Bruce 780-771-2582 780-404-5309 July 20 Billy Loutit Triathlon 2013 - Kids of Steel July 20 & 21 Koch Ford Men’s Open Golf Tournament Kyle 780-675-4599 July 20 & 21 Billy Loutit Triathlon 2013 July 20 & 21 Boyle Farmer’s Market Lisa Nakonechny 780-213-1512 July 20 & 21 Boyle Rodeo Keith Sereres 780-327-9605 July 13 Dr. Peter Karczmarczyk Junior Open Golf Tournament Kyle 780-675-4599 July 27 5th Annual Jet Boat Poker Rally Athabasca River hosted by GRWA Darcy & Shirley Zelman 780-675-3784

August 17 Riverbank Golfing Par 3 Tournament Bruce 780-771-2582 Or 780-404-5309 August 17 Koch Ford Ladies Open Kyle 780-675-4599 August 29 A&W Show and Shine Athabasca Country Tourism Kathy Wright 780-675-9297 Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 Whispering Hills Country Music Association Harvest Gold Old Time Fiddle Contest Art 780-675-4828 Kelly Lynn 780-675-5357 August TBA Boyle Wildberry Festival Wendy 780-689-5001 August TBA Grassland Mud Bog Don Kravontka 780-525-5820 August TBA Hawg Flatts Show & Shine & Toy Run Matt Schults 780-689-1717 Amber Valley Museum To visit call Jim 780-213-1505


Amber Valley Museum To visit call Jim 780-213-1505

SeptEMBER 10 Rochester Ag. Society Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355

August 3 & 4 Rocky Ridge Stampede Scott & Jen 780-675-4799 Or 780-675-7743

SeptEMBER 15 Annual Riverbank Golf Texas Scramble Bruce 780-771-2582 Or 780-778-2582


August 9, 10 & 11 Amber Valley Ball Tournament Jim 780-213-1505

SeptEMBER 28 Riverbank Golf Individual 2 ball Best Ball Tournament Bruce 780-771-2582 Or 780-404-5309

October OctOBER 5 Athabasca Golf & Country Club Iron Man Tournament Kyle 780-675-4599 OctOBER 5 Rochester Ladies Night Out Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 Oct. 6 Whispering Hills Country Music Association “Jam Session” Art 780-675-4828 Kelly Lynn 780-675-5357 OctOBER 8 Rochester Ag. Society Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 OctOBER 12 Amber Valley Jam Session Virginia - 780-675-4699 Marion - 780-675-4395 OctOBER 13 Lion’s 36th Annual Senior’s Harvest Fest Rosie 780-675-4598 OctOBER 26 Rochester Hallowe’en Family Night Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 OctOBER 26 Amber Valley Chicken Supper Virginia 780-675-4699 OctOBER 31 Lion’s Children’s Hallowe’en Party Gloria Temple 780-675-9645 Rosie 780-675-4598 Amber Valley Museum To visit call Jim 780-213-1505


NovEMBER 2 Athabasca District Agriculture Society Harvest Celebration Lesia Rys-Popowich 780-675-4645 NovEMBER 2 Rochester Turkey Supper Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 NovEMBER 3 Whispering Hills Country Music Association “Jam Session” Art 780-675-4828 Kelly Lynn 780-675-5357 NovEMBER 9 Amber Valley Jam Session Virginia 780-675-4699 Marion 780-675-4395 NovEMBER 9 Perryvale Turkey Shoot

NovEMBER 12 Rochester Ag. Society Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355

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NovEMBER 17 Grassland Craft Sale & Boyle Farmer’s Market Ruth 780-525-2332

January - TBA Rochester Ukrainian New Year’s Sandy Oko 780-698-2355

November TBA Moonlight Madness Festival Athabasca Country Tourism 780-675-2230

January 5 Whispering Hills Country Music Association “Jam Session” Art 780-675-4828 Kelly Lynn 780-675-5357


December Last Sunday when Long Lake Ski Hill operating Family Fun Day December 1 Whispering Hills Country Music Association “Jam Session” Art - 780-675-4828 Kelly Lynn - 780-675-5357 December 5 Community Christmas Dinner - Athabasca Ministerial Association Cheryl Balay 780-675-7161 December 6 Atmore Christmas Supper - Food Bank donation, Santa Anonymous Peggy 780-525-2258 December 6, 7 & 8 “Rural Notes” Seasonal Theatre production Nancy Appleby Theatre Ida Edwards 780-675-3737 December 7 Perryvale Ham & Turkey Bingo December 10 Rochester Ag. Society Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 December 14 Amber Valley Christmas Market Darlene Zelman 780-675-2521 December 14 Amber Valley Jam Session Virginia 780-675-4699 Marion 780-675-4395

January 11 Amber Valley Jam Session Virginia 780-675-4699 Marion 780-675-4395 Jan. 11 & 12 Athabasca Curling Club Mixed Bonspiel Wayne Schinkinger 780-675-5216 Jan. 14 Rochester Ag. Society Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355


February 1 Rochester Ag. Society Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 February 2 Whispering Hills Country Music Association “Jam Session” Art - 780-675-4828 Kelly Lynn - 780-675-5357 February 6 Annual Farm Women’s Conference Roxanne 780-675-2273 February 8 Amber Valley Family Day Virginia - 780-675-4699 Marion - 780-675-4395 February 8 Amber Valley Jam Session Virginia - 780-675-4699 Marion - 780-675-4395 February 22 Alberta Snowmobile Assoc. Jamboree Hosted by Athabasca River Runners Snowmobile Club Dave - 780-675-3229

December 17 Rochester Ag. Society Special Ham & Turkey Bingo Sandy Oko 780-698-2355 December 27 Annual Christmas Bird Count Wayne 780-675-4661 Harvey 780-675-4158

Amber Valley Museum To visit call Jim 780-213-1505

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Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic June 15, 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Million Dollar Year Boyle native Bryan Mudryk is living his dream, working the sports desk as a TSN anchor and curling broadcaster. After starting with CKSA Lloydminster and a successful stint with CTV Edmonton, Bryan has now called matches at the Vancouver Olympics, the Tim Hortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brier and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. But Bryan is most passionate about the charity that helps the very hospital that helped save his life, Edmontonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cross Cancer Institute. In 1996, Bryan was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, which nearly cost him his life. Bryan twice battled the deadly disease, enduring high dosage chemotherapy and stem cell treatments that took his six-foot-one frame and diminished it from 205 pounds to 139. The three years Bryan grappled with cancer were his darkest days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was horrible. It canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but change you. I learned a lot of life lessons in those three years â&#x20AC;&#x153; Today, Bryan is cancer free and is more driven than ever to make the most of his dreams.

(l-r) Hon. Minister of Health Mr Fred Horne, Bryan Mudryk, Hon. Minister of Education Jeff Johnson, and Terry Mudryk-Harbarenko.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those were the times that drove me when I was healthy to enjoy every day, to embrace what you have and work really hard, because you are not promised tomorrow; I learnt that the hard way.â&#x20AC;? This year, organizers of the 11th annual Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic fundraiser are going to help realize Bryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream of raising one million dollars, thanks to efforts of all the volunteers, sponsors and donors. Every year, money is raised through the celebrity golf tournament and banquet that goes towards a life saving machine. A Linac MR was purchased in 2012, which allows doctors to see and treat cancer in real time, giving lung and brain cancer patients a 20-40 per cent increase in survival. Past yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; celebrities have included TSNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Toole, Jay Onrait and Darren Dutchyshen; Paul Boyd from Inside Edition; CTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Darryl McIntyre, Rob Williams and Joel Gotlib; curling stars Kevin Koe, Jon Morris, Carter Rycroft, Marc Kennedy, and Ben Hebert; former NHLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;er Jamie McLennan; TSNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kate Beirness; Alberta



Minister of Education Jeff Johnson and Minister of Health Fred Horne, among many others. The Bryan Mudryk Scholarship, set up four years ago, helps post-grad students who are battling cancer and trying to finish their studies. Many have come back in support as guest speakers and volunteers. Golf at the 2013 event, set for June 15, is already sold out, but dinner tickets are available for $50.00 each. For tickets, volunteering, sponsorship or donations please call Terry Mudryk-Harbarenko at 780-689-6736. There are also companion events to the Golf Classic, including the 5th annual Battle of the Paddle paddleboat race on Skeleton Lake on June 1; the 7th annual United Cycle to Boyle is June 8, 2013, participants can call Marty 780-887-4936; and the 2nd annual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Angels Stepping Up To Cancer on June 9 at the Royal Glenora stairs in Edmonton. For details on all the events, visit






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village of boyle The second-largest community in our region, the Village of Boyle is a thriving community located on the Highway 63 corridor between Edmonton and Fort McMurray.

Boyle acts as a service centre to large area that includes agricultural producers, forest industries, oil and gas service businesses, First Nations communities, village residents, and cottagers living at nearby Skeleton Lake, Amisk Lake, Hope Lake and North Buck Lake. A vibrant business sector offers both everyday necessities and specialty products and services, supported by an active Chamber of Commerce that helps promote the local economy through local shopping incentives and a pre-Christmas late-night retail promotion. Boyle is poised for future growth as the homebase of the Alberta Energy Corridor, an economic development agency that seeks to develop the region as a service sector for the forestry and oil & gas industries. The Boyle Betterment Committee is a volunteer group dedicated to enhancing the community for both residents and visitors alike. The group’s signature event is the Wildberry Festival in August. The Boyle Agricultural Society remains active year-round hosting

workshops and 4-H events, and they also sponsor the Boyle Rodeo in July that features high-level competition, live entertainment and a popular downtown parade. One of Boyle’s proudest exports is The Sports Network (TSN) commentator Bryan Mudryk, who returns to the community each June to host the Bryan Mudryk & Friends Golf Classic in support of Edmonton’s Cross Cancer Institute. Recreation opportunities abound in and around Boyle. In the summer, enjoy ball diamonds, a skateboard park, sand volleyball courts and tennis. Golfing lies nearby at both the Skeleton Lake Golf & Country Club and the Northern Ridge Golf & RV Resort. The area’s lakes offer swimming, boating, water skiing and camping. Flat Lake, just west of Boyle, is a haven for birdwatchers. The Boyle Community Centre can seat 400-500 people, and the Millview Recreation Complex features an arena and curling rink. 2013-2014 Athabasca, Boyle & District Visitor’s Guide


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BOYLE, ALBERTA is located 145 km north of Edmonton on Highway 63, the route to Ft. McMurray. CN Rail and Secondary Highways 831 & 663 also serve the community, which is located amidst rich farmland, verdant forests & beautiful lakeland.

BOYLE IS PROUD OF ALL IT HAS TO OFFER BOYLE ARENA - Our Arena was recently upgraded and now boasts a beautiful mezzanine and viewing area where people can sit comfortably and watch the activities on the ice surface. The Boyle Curling Club is very proud of its 3 sheet facility which is connected by way of a pedway to our Arena. BOYLE COMMUNITY CENTRE - The Community Centre comfortably seats 400 people in its main area (500 without tables) and houses both the local playschool and our public library. It is recently renovated and air-conditioned. RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES - Summer recreation within the Village includes ball diamonds, skateboard park, volleyball sand pits and tennis courts. For outdoor enthusiasts one doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to travel far to enjoy all that our area has to offer. Golfing at Skeleton Lake Golf and Country Club and Northern Ridge Golf & RV Resort. Swimming, boating, water skiing, trail riding, bike and hiking paths and camping facilities are available at Long Lake Provincial Park, Hope Lake, Skeleton Lake and North Buck Lake, all just a short drive from town. Flat Lake, located just a few miles west of the Village, offers some of the best bird watching in Alberta.


winter activities There’s no such thing as an ‘off season’ in the Athabasca-Boyle region. We take full advantage of all the recreation opportunities available during the winter months.


Cross-Country Skiing

One of the most popular outdoor activities for area residents is snowmobiling, and the Athabasca-Boyle region has plenty of room and facilities to accommodate visitors and newcomers to the sport. The Athabasca River Runners help maintain 563 km of trails along four routes that link Athabasca to Swan Hills, Flatbush, Smith and Calling Lake. Poacher’s Landing, near Grassland, is another popular staging area for snowmobile treks. Many local groups also hold snowmobile poker rallies and other fun runs.

Within Athabasca, the Muskeg Creek trail system offers 10 km of groomed crosscountry trails, included a 1.2 km lighted trail for evening outings. Call 780-675-2967 for more information. The Tawatinaw Valley Ski Area, south of Rochester, also has 25 km of groomed cross-country trails for both classic and skate skiers. Visit for more information.

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding Our region has two popular downhill ski areas. The Tawatinaw Valley Ski Area is located south of Rochester just off Highway 2, while the Long Lake Ski Area is south of Boyle on Highway 831. Both offer slopes for all ages and abilities, full rentals, lessons, chalets and concession services. Visit www.skilonglake. com or for more information.

Ice Fishing Numerous lakes in the Athabasca-Boyle area open through the winter months for ice fishing. Check the official Alberta Sportfishing Regulations for full details, or for a special experience, contacting Reel Angling Adventures to set up a guided ice fishing expedition.

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Athabasca Golf Course & Country Club

Athabasca Golf & Country Club Recently ranked by Golf Canada as the 4th toughest course in Canada, the Athabasca Golf & Country Club is a championship-calibre 18-hole course that is the hidden gem of golf in Northern Alberta. It offers a licensed clubhouse, Fox Den Restaurant, pro shop, and the capacity to hold tournaments and other special events. Call 780-674-4599 or visit Camping facilities are available at the adjacent Blueberry Hill RV Park. 780-675-3733.

Skeleton Lake Golf & Country Club Located east of Boyle along the picturesque shores of Skeleton Lake, this par-36 nine-hole course is both fun and challenging. It annually hosts the popular Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic fundraiser for the Cross Cancer Institute. Club and cart rentals are available. Call 780-689-2455.

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Skeleton Lake Golf Club

Located just south of Wandering River off Highway 63, this fun little 9-hole course is nestled against the scenic riverbanks. Green fees entitle you to a full day of golf, and cap off your round with great Ukrainian food in the clubhouse. Club and cart rentals and camping are available, and watch for special events during the summer. Call 780-771-2582 or visit

Northern Ridge Golf Course Located south of Boyle on Highway 831 near Long Lake Provincial Park, Northern Ridge Golf Course is easily recognizable by the antique farm machines adorning the tee boxes. The nine-hole course has grass greens, a clubhouse and camping on site. Call 780-576-3939.

Hidden Valley Golf Course Located in the southwest corner of region, 30 minutes north of Westlock on Highway 44, Hidden Valley Golf Course is a nine-hole golf course with campground. 780-954-2262. Northern Ridge Golf Course, Long Lake 2013-2014 Athabasca, Boyle & District Visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide



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top 5 reasons Here in Athabasca County we’ve got a lot to be proud about. Whether it’s our extensive outdoor recreational opportunities or a seemingly endless amount of community-led events, you’ll always have something to fill your time.


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With that, here’s our top five reasons to visit Athabasca County: 1. Sand, Surf & Sun The mighty Athabasca River and abundance of lakes, both big and small, means there’s always an opportunity to soak up some rays at water’s edge. Swimmers, boaters and fishers alike will appreciate everything these liquid assets have to offer. 2. Agriculture Culture Vast swathes of arable land means our agricultural roots run deep. That historical farming background has sown a number of ag-centric events, like the Boyle Rodeo (July) and 4H Achievement Days (June).

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3. Motorsport Haven Besides endless trail options for snowmobilers, quadders and dirtbikers, Athabasca County plays host to the Hawg Flatts Rally (July) a premier event for diesel junkies and motorsport fanatics. Craving something a bit louder? Check out the fighter jet scheduled to land at the 2nd Annual Fly-In Barbeque (July). 4. Nature-Lover’s Paradise Whether it’s a hike on one of our many trails, or a night of camping, Athabasca County has everything a nature-lover could dream of. You can help a group of birdwatchers tally more than 30 species during the annual Bird Count (late December), or take in some scholarly material at the presentations of Science Outreach Athabasca. Perhaps your eyes are on the skies? Our dark back roads are the perfect place to get a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. 5. Local Goods a Boon for Shoppers Athabasca County is no stranger to one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. As more and more consumers are on the lookout for homemade and locally produced goods, we’ve got farmers, crafters and artisans keeping up with demand. Check out the Athabasca and Boyle Farmers Markets or get in touch with a number of groups producing arts and craft.

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new western athabasca inn For full-service accommodations while visiting in the Athabasca region, choose the New Western Athabasca Inn.

Located on a picturesque hillside along Highway 2, the New Western Athabasca offers everything for both the business and pleasure traveler, including 65 deluxe guest rooms, kitchenette units, wireless internet and plenty of parking. Savour the new international menu in the Hillside Café, relax over a beverage in Whispers Sports Lounge, or try your luck in the newly-renovated gaming room. For business gatherings, the New Western Athabasca Inn offers conference rooms, a business centre and well-equipped fitness centre. Make the New Western Athabasca Inn the headquarters for your stay in the Athabasca region. Call toll-free 1-800-567-5718 or visit








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accommodation guide Hotels & Motels Grassland Motel Ph: 780-525-3740

Athabasca Hillside Motel 4804 -46A Avenue, Athabasca, AB Ph: 780-675-5111 Toll Free: 1-888-675-8900

Boyle Motor Lodge 5101 Railway Ave., Boyle Ph: 780-689-3944 Toll Free: 1-888-689-3994

Athabasca Lodge Motel 4004 Highway 2 South, Athabasca Ph: 780-675-2266 Toll Free: 1-888-500-2266

Colinton Corner Motel Ph: 780-675-0703

Athabasca Super 8 Hotel 4802B Woodheights Rd Athabasca Ph: 780-675-8888 Toll free: 1-800-800-8000

Days Inn 2805 -48 Avenue, Athabasca, AB T9S 0A4 Ph: 780-675-7020

Boyle Hotel Corner of Railway Ave & 1st Street Boyle Ph: 780-689-3777

Mad Trapper Inn & Hotel Wandering River, AB Ph: 780-771-3999

Colinton Hotel Ph: 780-675-4744

Grand Union Hotel 4924 -50 Street, Athabasca, AB Ph: 780-675-3140

New Western Athabasca Inn Highway 2 South, Athabasca Ph: 780-675-2294 Toll Free: 1-800-567-5718 Twilight Country Motel 8414 Lakeview Rd Boyle Ph: 780-689 2188 Wandering River Motel Ph: 780-771-3777

Bed & Breakfast Red Roof Gallery Art Studio/Guest House 4711-53 Street, Athabasca Ph: 780-675-4602

Donatberry Inn Bed & Breakfast 1 km east of Donatville on way to Fort McMurray Highway 63 Ph: 780-689-3639

Kostyk Kozy Korner East of Athabasca on Highway 55, watch for signs. Ph: 780-675-4395

Cabin Rentals Amisk Wilderness Retreat Located on beautiful Amisk Lake Ph: 780-417-0646 Cabins by the River Conveniently located on the west end of Athabasca on Highway #2 Ph: 780-675-4078 Or 780-689-6200

Little Lodge on the Lake Located at Island Lake Ph: 780-675-3808 Petty’s Homecroft Near Jackfish Lake Ph: 780-675-3541 Island Lake Cabins Ph: 780-675-4670

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â&#x20AC;˘ Complimentary Hot Breakfast â&#x20AC;˘ Fitness Room â&#x20AC;˘ Complimentary Movies â&#x20AC;˘ 32-42â&#x20AC;? LCD TV & iPod Dock â&#x20AC;˘ Fishing & Ice Fishing Packages â&#x20AC;˘ Golf Packages â&#x20AC;˘ Romantic Packages â&#x20AC;˘ Free Wireless Internet â&#x20AC;˘ Free Access to Inroom Computer 780-675-8888 â&#x20AC;˘ 1-800-800-8000 Direct Toll-Free 1-877-502-5384 4820B - Wood Heights Road, Athabasca Email:


Making your comfort affordable with clean rooms.

Reservations 1-888-675-8900 Telephone 1-780-675-5111 Fax 1-780-675-5725

4804-46 Avenue, Athabasca, AB T9S 1B6

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Alberta Guided Fishing Tours & Outdoor Adventures â&#x20AC;˘ Packages â&#x20AC;˘ Summer Fishing â&#x20AC;˘ Ice Fishing

All-Inclusive Fishing on the: â&#x20AC;˘ Historic Athabasca River â&#x20AC;˘ Baptiste Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Calling Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Fawcett Lake




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All fishing tours include: use of all fishing equipment, bait, 7 to 10 hours of fishing, lunch, snacks and beverages. What to bring: warm clothing, personal belongings, and a fishing license.

Cell:780-916-9768 Toll Free: 1-866-961-3425

lakes & camping

Provincial Parks & Recreation Areas Long Lake Provincial Park Phone: 1-877-537-2757 • unserviced and full serviced sites • boat launch • concession • rentals • playground • laundry • showers • firewood • fire pits • day use • designated swim area • reservations available

North Buck Lake Provincial Park Phone: 780-689-4602 • 95 unserviced sites • 30 serviced sites • beach • playgrounds • boat launch • picnic table • fire pits • day use • lawn bowling • first come first served • access east of Boyle on Hwy 663

Poachers Landing Provincial Recreation Area Phone: 780-623-5235 • 6 unserviced sites • picnic tables • fire pits • playground • boat launch • ATV’s allowed • horse corrals • Excellent trail network • North of Athabasca on ALPAC connector

Lawrence Lake Provincial Park • 27 unserviced sites • picnic shelter • firewood • fire pits • boat launch Calling Lake Natural Wilderness Park • Camping • Lake Access • Firewood • Day use • Overflow • Hwy 813

Other Overnight Camping Blueberry Hill R.V. Park Phone: 780-675-3733 • 48 serviced RV sites plus 6 unit group camping • well water • flush toilet • showers • playground • hiking trails • Access north of Athabasca on Hwy 813 located next to golf course Chump Lake Campsite • 15 unserviced sites • fire pits • picnic tables • boat launch • well water. Access east of Boyle on Hwy 63

Shoreline Camping & Fishing Resort Phone: 780-689-4363 • 168 serviced sites plus group area • picnic shelter • swimming pool • flush toilet • showers • playground • boat launch • Access Hwy 63 Smallwoods Campsite Phone: 780-213-0562 • 60 unserviced seasonal sites • no ATV

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restaurant guide Athabasca A & W Athabasca Burger Bar Subway Meg’s 2 Scoop Ice Cream Shoppe Heritage Grill at Grand Union Hotel Golden Fountain Restaurant Happy Garden Western & Chinese Mike’s Pizza & Restaurant The Fox Den Restaurant Hilltop Café & Restaurant Fine Dining By Anne (Green Spot) 49th St. Grill

Fast Food, Drive Thru, Weekday, 7am - 10 pm, 4820 Woodheights Rd. Fast Food, Take Out, Weekdays 6 am - 9 pm, 4719 50 St. Fast Food, Take Out, Weekdays 6am - 10 pm, 4812 50 St. Soup, Sandwich, Ice Cream, Weekdays 8 am -5 pm,4913 51 St. Family Dining, Licensed, Mon. - Sat. 6 am - 10 pm, 4924 50 St. Chinese & Buffet, Licensed, M-Sat. 11 am- 9pm, Sun. 4-9 pm, 4905 49 St. Licensed, Weekdays 11 am - 9 pm, 4912 50 St. Delivery, Take-out, Mon.-Sat. 10 am - 10 pm, 5212 50 Ave. Seasonal, Patio, Licensed, Special Event Hosting, Athabasca Golf Course Licensed, Western Cuisine, New Western Hotel, 5211 41 Ave. Closed Mondays, Weekdays 10 am - 8:30 pm, 4820 51 St. Licensed, Pizza, Pasta, & Steakhouse, Special Event Booking Weekdays 11 am - 10 pm, 4901 49 St.

780-675-0327 780-675-2672 780-675-5588 780-689-9519 780-675-9677 780-675-2781 780-675-3551 780-675-5020 780-675-7033 780-675-2294 780-675-3040 780-675-5418

Athabasca Pubs, Lounge & Nightclub Neighbours Pub Trappers Pub - Grand Union Hotel Whispers Sports Lounge Gaming Lounge

#101, 4810 50 St, M-Th 11:30-Midnight, W-F 11:30-2 am, Sat. Noon- 2 am, closed Sun. Live Music, VLT, Weekdays, 4924 50 St. Patio, PPV Sports Events, 11:30am-8 pm, New Western Inn, 5211 41 Ave Dining, VLT, KENO, Big Screen TV, Group Events, 10 am- 3am New Western Inn, 5211 41 Ave

Pine Berry Bistro Boyle Pizza House Boyle Truck Stop Mr. V’s Field & Forest

5102 3rd St. Pizza/Subs, Mon -Thurs. open 11 am - 9 pm, 5601 Railway Ave. Western & Chinese Weekdays, close at 10 pm , 5100 Lakeview Rd. U-pick, Pies, Smacks, Gardens, Trees, Hwy 336 & 63 Junction, Open Seasonal


780-675-9219 780-675-3140 780-675-2294 780-675-2294

780-689-4332 780-689-4646 780-689-4999 780-689-2944

Grassland Esso Family Restaurant Grassland Husky Grassland Sub Shop Wally’s Fast Food Eldorado Restaurant & Lounge

Family Dining, Weekdays 6 am - 10 pm, Hwy 63 Family Dining, Sunday - Saturday 6 am - 9:30 pm, Hwy 63 Eat-in or Take-out, M-F 5 am - 10 pm, S/S 6 am-9 pm, Hwy 63 Drive Thru, Eat-in, Weekdays 8 am - 9 pm, Hwy 63 Family Dining, M-F 6 am - 9 pm, S/S 9 am - 9 pm, Hwy 63

780-525-2900 780-525-3695 780-525-3979 780-525-2522 780-525-2290

Rochester, Wandering River, Colinton Colinton Hotel Riverbank Golfing & Clubhouse

Thursday Night Steak Night, Mid April to End Oct., Licensed Seasonal, Western & Ukrainian Cuisine, Hwy 63


• Baked Pasta & Pizza • Pizza by the Slice • Salads • Home Made Soup • Burgers • Bruts • Sandwiches • Donairs • Fries • Ribs • Chicken Nuggets • Chicken Wings • Side Orders • Seniors & Kids Menu

Eat in-Take out & Delivery

5212-50 Avenue, Athabasca

Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. • Closed Sunday

Phone: 780-675-5020 30

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• Pizza • Pasta • Steakhouse

Home of the

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780-675-4744 780-771-2582

Phone 780-675-5418


Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

fishing guide

Amisk Lake Athabasca River Baptiste Lake

Located east of Boyle on Highway 663.

4 4 4

Boat launch located in the Town of Athabasca and campgrounds are located further upstream at Riverside Park and Poachers Landing.

63 cm

Located 16 km west of Athabasca on Highway 2. Overnight campground at southwest corner of lake.

63 cm




4 4 504cm



4 4 4 4 C&R 63 cm 4 Only 4 C&R 4 4 Only







4 4 504 cm



4 4 504cm 4 C&R 4 4 Only



65 cm

Chain Lake (Lower)

Follow Highway 2 North from Athabasca to Chain Lake Road (approx 40 km) a signed road. Follow signs for 20 km to the Lake. Electric motors only. Campground.


Chain Lake (Upper)

Pike and perch. 2 km North of Chain Lake (Lower). Small Campground.

4 4

Turn 27 km north of Smith. Very good Walleye Lake. Campground west end of lake.

Ghost Lake

About 32 km NW of Athabasca on Hwy 2, then 2.5 km west. Max. boat speed of 12 km/hour.

Hope Lake

20 km NE of Boyle. Campground with resident manager. Max. boat speed of 12 km/hour.

Island Lake

Located 28 km west of Athabasca on Highway 2. Campground on east side of lake. 8 km NE of Athabasca. Campground and boat launch.

4 4

Lawrence Lake

50 km NE of Athabasca. Campground and boat launch.

4 4

Rock Island Lake Skeleton Lake

Located 20 km south of Boyle on Sec Rd 831. Camping, boat launch, boat rentals. ATV access only. Access by heading west on cutline 2 km South of Chain Lake (Lower). Reference to a map is recommended. West 30 km on highway 663 from Meanook. Camping, boat launch at Forfar Recreation area.

25 km north of Calling Lake. Located 5 km east of Boyle on Highway 63.



63 cm

Jackfish Lake

Located 20 km northwest of Calling Lake. Limited access.


4 4 4 45-55 cm

Limits apply to lake and tributaries and outlet downstream for 1 km. Closed from Nov. 1st to May 31st.

Orloff Lake



Calling Lake Tributaries

Campground available.



65 cm

North Buck Lake

Rainbow Trout

4 4 4 45-55


Calling Lake

Narrow Lake

30 cm 35 cm


Situated 60 kms north of Athabasca on Highway 813. Campground. Closed from April 1st to May 31st.

Meyer Lake

4 4 4

4 4

50 cm


Located 5.5 km south of Boyle on west side of Hwy 831. Fishing pier.

Long Lake Provincial Park


4 4 4 Draw Only

Boyle Pond

Fawcett Lake

Golden Eye





Please note: This is a guide only, intended to identify the fish species available. Please read and follow the information regarding limits and regulations found in the official Alberta Fishing Guide when you purchase your Alberta fishing license.



4 4 4 Draw Only

63 cm

4 4 4 4 4 63-100 4


C&R Only


63 cm 63 cm


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2013-2014 Athabasca, Boyle & District Visitor's Guide, Published by the Athabasca Advocate

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