Horse Creek Ranch offers a private campground & cabins. It is located 12
km., east of the historic
community of Fort Assiniboine. It is nestled between the beautiful Sandhills Wildland Park and the meandering Athabasca River. The ranch is
only a 2 hour drive northwest of Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city, or as
a side excursion (east and north) coming from Jasper National Park.
You can do trail rides with
your own horses; there are also other popular activities to participate
in throughout the season such as flower and berry picking (in season) and hiking.
At Horse Creek Ranch, visitors have
the opportunity to ride through a portion of
Alberta's historic Klondike Trail used by the original prospectors seeking their
fortune in Yukon. On the ranch property, the pasture trails are closed
after June 15 due to cows grazing (check with Siebe or Ingrid).
In addition, we provide RV sites for Motorhomes. For travellers with Horse Trailers,
box stalls are also available. Tent trailers and other types of campers are welcome too! Often our guests wish to camp and follow the extensive trail system through the
Wildland Park either on foot or horseback. A trailer waste disposal site is located in the nearby village of Fort Assiniboine.
The name Assiniboine, loosely translated from the native
language, means "those who cooked by dropping hot stones in water".
Assiniboine (video) originated as a Hudson Bay Company post in the early 1800’s.
It was used by hunters as a transfer station between the buyers from
Edmonton and trappers from the Lesser Slave Lake area.
During the gold rush of 1897/98, the Fort Assiniboine area became
populated by fortune seekers hoping to find a quick route to Yukon,
where they dreamed vast riches would be waiting for them. They left
Edmonton in droves. Many travelled the native/caribou trail Klondike
meandered past Fort Assiniboine. It became more difficult to travel as they
neared the Swan Hills. Although few people were successful in their attempts to reach
Yukon, determination and tenacity proved to be the cornerstone for
the foundation of Fort Assiniboine and the people who chose to remain.
One hundred years later, the Fort Assiniboine area is strong and
thriving. The residents of Alberta’s second oldest community, take pride
in the part their region has played in Alberta’s history.
To commemorate that history, a museum replica of
the old Fort was erected in 1977. Today it is one of the highlights of our area
and is open to welcome visitors daily during the summer months.
Horse Creek Ranch Ltd.,
Box 308, Fort Assiniboine, Alberta
Canada T0G 1A0