Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Exploring Athabasca, the Gateway to the North


Welcome to Athabasca, a charming town rich in history and natural beauty. This 24-hour itinerary will guide you through some of the best attractions and activities in the area.  A day of exploring leaves you time to travel there and back, while maximising your visit.

Before you leave home, also check our Events listings, to see what events are happening in Athabasca for the dates you will be there–and adjust the itinerary to enjoy those you want to attend.


8:00 AM – Breakfast at A&W Athabasca

  • Start your day with a hearty breakfast at A&W, a Canadian favorite known for its classic breakfast options.
  • Address: 4820 Woodheights Road

9:00 AM – Visit Athabasca Heritage Society

  • Explore the town’s rich history at the Athabasca Heritage Society, which offers insights into the local culture, heritage, and historical events.
  • Address: 4716 48 Street
  • Interesting Fact: Athabasca was an important fur trading post in the 19th century, playing a crucial role in the expansion of the fur trade in Canada.

10:30 AM – Riverfront Walk

  • Take a leisurely walk along the Athabasca Riverfront, enjoying the scenic views and fresh air. The river played a vital role in the town’s development, serving as a major transportation route during the fur trade era.
  • Location: Start at the Riverfront Park at the end of 53rd Street.

11:30 AM – Visit the Old Brick School

  • Head to the Old Brick School, a historic building now home to the Athabasca Public Library and Archives. This site offers a glimpse into the town’s educational past.
  • Address: 4720 48 Street


12:30 PM – Lunch at 49th Street Grill

  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at the laid-back Johnny’s Eatery. Try Johnny’s Mac & Cheese.
  • Address: 4904 50 Street

2:00 PM – Fishing in the river.

4:00 PM – Explore Muskeg Creek Trails

  • Head to the Muskeg Creek Trails, a network of trails perfect for hiking, biking, and wildlife spotting.
  • Location: Trailhead at the end of 47 Avenue.
  • Highlight: The trails offer diverse terrain and beautiful views, making it a great spot for nature enthusiasts.


6:00 PM – Dinner at Riverhouse Restaurant & Lounge

  • Enjoy a relaxing dinner at the Vanhout Bakery, where you can dine in on a range of casual, delicious meals .
  • Address: 4808 51 Street

8:00 PM – Sunset at Lookout Point

  • Conclude your day by watching the sunset at Lookout Point, a beautiful spot offering panoramic views of the Athabasca River and surrounding landscapes.
  • Location: Accessible via the road to the Athabasca Golf and Country Club.

Historical Notes:

  • Athabasca Landing: Historically known as Athabasca Landing, the town was a vital link between Edmonton and the northern waterways, facilitating the movement of goods and people during the fur trade era.
  • Athabasca River: The river was named by the Cree, meaning “where there are reeds,” reflecting the area’s natural landscape and its significance to Indigenous peoples.


Athabasca, with its rich history and beautiful natural surroundings, offers a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration. This 24-hour itinerary ensures that you experience the best of what the town and its surroundings have to offer. Enjoy your stay in the Gateway to the North!


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