The MD of Opportunity's boasts an amazing list of winter adventures. Its communities offer you access to activities like snow shoeing, hiking, ice fishing, hunting, cross country skiing and snowmobiling or quading. Get out and experience nature as it's intended, 100% Wild.
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Experience the wilderness and trails as you never have before, like in the old frontier days where trappers would march down trails on showshoes, check trap lines and travel back to their lodges. Enjoy the beauty of the woods in wintertime and marvel at walking over massive snowdrifts without falling in.
Crave a more powerful winter experience? MD of Opportunity has many trails for ski-dooing where you can enjoy the roar of your machine and exhilarating speed while at the same time, enjoying the stillness of the forest and really get away from the hustle and bustle of life.
Cross Country Skiing
This is the way to truly be one with the trail, admire the serenity and beauty of the woods as fast or as slow as you feel. Keep your eyes open and you just might see a deer or a rabbit loping near you, those or numerous other wildlife out there. Don't have your own skis? Wabasca Cross Country Ski Club has seasonal rentals. For more information contact Eric or Eleonore at 780-891-2767
A true Alberta experience, even if you can't see them the fish never stop biting. Enjoy fishing by yourself or enjoy the day with friends and family, you will truly have a great story to tell at the next family gathering. Don't like the cold or don't have any of the gear? Just search "guided ice fishing" for wherever you want and more often than not you will find a company happy to rent out things like reels and heated fishing sheds, or even a full guided tour. Walleye and Northern Pike are delicious out of the cold, winter waters.
Northern Lights Watching
A truly humbling and awe inspiring sight, up north away from the glare and cover of the cities, these natural marvels dance and weave a magical spell on those who see them. An experience truly worth the trip. Of course the Northern Lights being a natural phenomenon are not on a constant regular schedule but the website Aurora Watch can help you plan out a good time to see them.
These and so many more adventures are waiting for you in the MD of Opportunity#17. Get out and experience nature as it's intended, 100% Wild.
Planning an escape for next summer? Below are just a few possibilities available
The Hamlets are the ultimate "mancation" destination.The place where you can call yourself a man and camp the way nature intended it. Camping is cheap and there is plenty of wildlife in the boreal forest. Catch your own supper and cook it on an open fire, brag about the trophy you bagged that day. Explore the trails by foot or by quad that will take you to the heart of the untamed wilderness.
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Nothing quite says wilderness like hiking. It's the feeling of slowing down and enjoying the wonders nature has to offer one step at a time. Take the boardwalk trail in Calling Lake or for the wild at heart, bring your GPS unit and explore the primitive hikes. Getting "lost in the woods" is easy while exploring the peaceful boreal forest by way of cut lines, game trails, and quad routes. Trails go every-which-way ensuring that no walk ever needs to be the same. The MD of Opportunity has a trail for you whatever your level of wild.
Feel the thrill of being the king of the lake. Enjoy the many lakes the region has to offer and the feeling of freedom as you dip you paddle in or power up your vessel. Boat launches with a dock are available at Calling Lake and North Wabasca Lake. Boat launches at the following lakes are suitable for smaller boats: Rock Island Lake, Sandy Lake, Peerless, Graham Lake, Orloff Lake, South Wabasca Lake, and Chipewyan Lake.
The pristine wilderness around these lakes creates a remote setting where pelicans and eagles soar along the undisturbed shoreline. These types of occurrences with nature are part of the daily landscape out the water.
With six out of seven communities on lakeshores, and many other big lakes in the area, a different shoreline is never too far away.
TIP: If the wind is too strong on Calling Lake, pull your boat out and head 30 km north to Rock Island Lake. Often times, the hills surrounding the lake will protect it from the strong winds, making for a calmer surface and more enjoyable boating experience.
The lakes and rivers in the MD of Opportunity are ideal for kayaks and canoes. During spring and early summer, parts of the Calling River become up to a Class 3 for rapids.
Explore our diverse trail systems as you drive your quad through the Hamlets. The trails range from beginner to expert. Be sure to stop into the Visitor Centre in Calling Lake or Wabasca to get your map of the area.
Don't forget the fishing rod. Fishing is wildly popular on the following lakes making for excellent fishing trips in Alberta:
Calling Lake, Rock Island Lake, Sandy Lake, North Wabasca Lake, Orloff Lake, Chipewyan Lake, Peerless Lake, and Graham Lake.
Species of fish include: Walleye (Pickerel), Northern Pike (Jack Fish), Lake trout, Perch, Whitefish and Lingcod.
The Annual RCMP Fishing Derby held every June in Wabasca attracts hundreds of fishermen to test their skill and luck at catching not only "the big one", but THE BIGGEST ONE. 2012 winners were a 24.02 lbs pike caught by Jennie Holt and the largest pickerel was 5.4 lbs which was reeled in by Jeff Junkin.
Wildlife Management units within the MD of Opportunity include the following Boreal 500 series units: 511, 516, 518, 541, 542
Eligible big game in the area are white tailed deer, mule deer, black bear, elk and moose. Game birds and waterfowl include:
|Ruffed and spruce grouse||Gray partridge|
|Ptarmigan||Sharp tailed grouse|
Hunting and fishing licenses and tags are available at the following locations:
Moosehorn Market (780) 331-2100
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Red Earth Creek
KANS General Store (780) 649-3423
Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm
E & M (780) 891-3806
Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm