Bordering on dynamic Strathcona County, Cooking Lake – Blackfoot Grazing, Wildlife Provincial Recreation Area is a unique Alberta landscape … 97 sq kms (37 sq miles) of backcountry, located directly south of and adjacent to the Elk Island National Park boundary, just 40 minutes east of Alberta’s capital city.
The Blackfoot Forest Reserve was Canada’s first, established in 1895.
Primary access to the Blackfoot is from the Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway 16 north of the area, or from Wye Road to the south. County roads connect the staging areas to the highways.
This special natural area includes 170 kms (105 miles) of maintained walking, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, nordic skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding trails for day use
Please note overnight activities and camping are not available
Wildlife viewing and bird watching opportunities are available year round in this multi-use area. Non-recreation activities include livestock grazing, trapping, aboriginal and seasonal hunting and some resource development.
There are 4 staging areas complete with all-weather shelters, and warm-up stoves, washrooms, fire pits and picnic facilities.
Hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, nature photographers, bird watchers, orienteers, snowshoers, x-country skiers, skaters, canoeists … discover Alberta’s best kept secret … right in Edmonton’s own backyard …archi