Hiking

Lace up and leave your everyday life behind as you hike through forested paths and meandering trails.

Make sure to go prepared - and enjoy glimpses of our wildlife, no matter the season! Our animals don't pose for pictures so you have to be fast with the camera to catch them!

Whitecourt Trail System

Whether you're looking for some exercise or just want to enjoy the great outdoors, you will marvel at the opportunities provided by more than 30 kilometres of trails that wind through Whitecourt. Paved pathways, meandering trails, and residential sidewalks will take you from hilltop to valley. The trails are designed and maintained for year-round use for walking, jogging, in-line skating, and biking.

Whitecourt Trail Map

E.S. Heustis Demonstration Forest

Forestry is a major part of the history and economy of the Woodlands County area, and one of the best ways to learn about the industry is by visiting E.S. Heustis Demonstration Forest. Located just minutes from Whitecourt (13 kilometres northwest on Highway 32), it provides a 10 square kilometre forest area that shows how a forest can sustain recreation, wildlife habitat, and resource harvesting over an extended period of time. This would be the perfect outing for individuals who are passionate about the environment, or for those with a general interest in the forestry practices that have shaped the Woodlands County region and the province of Alberta. A 7-kilometre trail (one-way) will guide you through the forest where you will learn something new at each of the 26 interpretive signs.

Blue Ridge Recreation Area

How often can you find everything you need in one place? The Blue Ridge Recreation Area in Woodlands County has it all for you nature lovers.  You can go hiking, biking, bird watching, fishing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, this site is for non-motorized activities only. The 3 kilometres of trails provide the perfect path for you to release your energy and be the power behind what you want to do. 

Woodlands County partnered with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and Alberta Transportation to convert this depleted gravel pit into a recreation area that offers year round opportunities for local residents and visitors to enjoy.

Fishing enthusiasts will be intrigued to know that the south lake is stocked with trout from the Cold Lake fishing hatchery and it is now managed as a “quality stocked trout fishery”.

The Recreation Area was named for its close proximity to the vibrant community of Blue Ridge which is just a short drive off Highway 43. Just 4 kilometres north of Blue Ridge this fabulous opportunity to connect with nature awaits you.

Geographical Centre of Alberta

Don't forget to get your picture! After all - there is only one geographical centre in the province, and it is located right here in Woodlands County. From the information kiosk, the geographical centre is a 3-kilometre hike. Trails were recently upgraded and are well marked.

Hard Luck Canyon

Hard Luck Canyon is a beautiful place nestled in the forests of Woodlands County. Located 20 kilometres from Whitecourt on West Mountain Road, the canyon makes for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you'd like to explore the best nature has to offer, Hard Luck Canyon won't disappoint you.

Driving Directions to Hard Luck Canyon & Falls

Hard Luck Canyon Trail Map

For more information call or visit the Whitecourt Forest Interpretive Centre at 1-800-313-7383.

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