Crane Lake Nature Trails
Located approximately 30 km North of Fort McMurray, this trail encompasses a bird watching area renowned for the innovative reclamation efforts of Suncor Energy. Crane Lake covers over 19 hectares of reclaimed land.
Syncrude has reclaimed over 4000 hectares of land since the operation began. The Wood Bison project was introduced in 1993 when a herd of 30 Wood Bison were introduced onto reclaimed land in a partnership with Fort McKay. The number of bison has risen to 300 since they were first placed there.
See the Wapisiw Lookout for yourself on a guided tour of Suncor Energy. The Wapisiw Lookout is the first tailings pond of any oil sands operations to be reclaimed. On a guided tour you will learn about the new technologies being utilized to change the tailings process and reduce the environmental impact of the oil sands.
Wood Bison Gateway & The Matcheetawin Trails
A massive stone sculpture of a Wood Bison herd marks the beginning of the Matcheetawin Discovery Trails (a Cree word meaning beginning place) and the Sagow Pematosowin Trail (Cree for living in peaceful co-existence with the land). This four kilometre interpretive trail system on 50 hectares of land offers visitors the opportunity to see various types of reclaimed land - spruce/aspen forests, jack pine forests, grasslands and wetlands.