Exploring Alberta’s Provincial Parks: Sundance

About Sundance

Sundance Provincial Park is a provincial park found in Northern Alberta near Hinton with its bottom portions touching the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16). The park is divided into two distinct, unconnected portions. The first is on the Athabasca River and it encompasses 5 different lakes. The second is much larger and it protects a series of hoodoos along the sandstone cliffs of the valley surrounding Sundance Creek and Sundance Lake. The provincial park is 37 square kilometers with an additional ‘buffer zone’ of about 42 square kilometers.

The valley itself is the result of a receding glacier when the meltwaters rushed through what is now known as Sundance Creek.

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Summer at Sundance

Sundance Provincial Park runs along a river valley containing several lakes. This makes it a popular place for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and other water activities. There is a ban on gas motors so the park isn’t a great place to bring your motorboat. For trawling with an electric motor, it is perfect.

On land, camping, geocaching, hiking, and wildlife viewing are popular activities. One of the popular hikes leads visitors to the base of some stunning sandstone cliffs and hoodoo formations in the valley.

Winter at Sundance

In the wintertime, ice fishing is popular at Sundance Provincial Park.

Camping at Sundance

There is one basic campground in Sundance Provincial Park found in the north-westernmost sections of the park.

CampgroundAmenitiesType of SiteAmount AvailableCost/Night
Emerson Lakes Campground
(May 1 – October 31)
Firepits, Firewood, Outhouses, Water (pump), Boat Launch, Fish Cleaning StationsUnserviced15$15.00
This data is accurate as of 2023

Day Use at Sundance

Sundance Provincial Park has one day use area containing firepits, firewood, outhouses, and water (pump)


Distances to Alberta Cities

Distance to Calgary: 486km

Distance to Edmonton: 258km

Distance to Red Deer: 363km

Distance to Lethbridge: 714km

Distance to Grande Prairie: 339km

Coordinates: 53°40’54.4″N 116°53’45.7″W

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