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McClelland Lake Wetland Complex Paddle Trip

McClelland Lake Wetland Complex Paddle Trip

The McClelland Lake watershed lies just east of the Athabasca River in northeastern Alberta about 90 km north of Fort McMurray in an area known as the Fort Hills.

Photo by J. Hildebrand

In early September, two Alberta Wilderness Association staff will travel to the region for an overnight paddling trip hosted by Fort McMurray’s Borealis Paddling Club.

Our trip is part of AWA’s ongoing efforts to bring public awareness to this situation, and to ask the Alberta Energy Regulator to reconsider and revoke its approval of Suncor’s plan. We also ask for Suncor to commit to halting all attempts to mine within the watershed of the vitally important, irreplaceable, and irrecoverable McClelland Lake Wetland Complex.

Our vision is for the entire 330 km² McClelland watershed to be designated a permanent protected area including Indigenous co-management, and its two patterned fens designated Ecological Reserves or other stringent protection compatible with the exercise of Indigenous rights.

While we love having you come along on adventures, this one is not open to the public, but you can help support the trip!


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