Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada

Hiking - Backcountry Trails

Rainbow Lakes 6 km Moderate

This trail follows a cutline to Rainbow Lake, a deep, clear sinkhole lake. Access to Rainbow Lakes is from Pine Lake Road. A primitive lakeshore campsite is available for backcountry camping.

Highlights:

  • bison wallows, tree rubbings and trails
  • primitive lakeshore campsite at Rainbow Lake
Sweetgrass Station 12 km Challenging
Old bison corrals at Sweetgrass
Old bison corrals at Sweetgrass
© Parks Canada / N.Humenuk-Bourke

This remote backcountry trail used to be an old road leading from Sweetgrass Landing on the south bank of the Peace River to Sweetgrass Station, a bison management station that operated in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, the trail is a rough bison path leading to the vast meadows surrounding Sweetgrass Station , in the heart of the Peace-Athabasca Delta. Most of the buildings are gone, and only the remnants of the old corrals remain. The waters of Lake Claire shimmer in the distance. Backcountry tenting is available in the meadows.

The trailhead at Sweetgrass Landing may be accessed:

Highlights:

  • bison and wolves frequent the deltaic sedge meadows of the area
  • nearby marshes are home to many species of birds and waterfowl