Alberta's untamed north remains a land relatively untouched by time. Visitors to northern Alberta can follow the same water highways that explorers did two centuries ago. Enjoy the same views as the early explorers when they climbed the banks of the Mighty Peace River or first set eyes on tar sands, and let your hiking boots walk the same portages their moccasins padded along. The broad green boreal forests that cover much of Alberta's north teem not only with animal and bird life, but with accessible trails that bring you close enough to see it all. Thousands of sparkling streams, ponds and lakes are home to fish as well as a mind-boggling array of waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors. With more than 200 species, - resident or just passing through, - this is a birder's paradise with a yearly festival dedicated just to songbirds. The north has a network of paved highways and well-situated cities and towns so that many of its regions that are most attractive for their isolation are only a short day's-end drive from the comfort of small cities. Whether it?s Fort Chipewyan at the western limits of huge, clear Lake Athabasca or the bustling Fort McMurray, the green rolling hills of Peace River, the charming theatres and galleries of Grande Prairie or the shores of Lac la Biche travelers can find the comforts of home as they discover this vast land.