Explore the unique ecosystems of these beautiful deserts and sand dunes located right here in Canada.
Carcross Desert, Carcross (Yukon)
Once called the world’s smallest desert, the sand dunes of Carcross Desert were actually once the bottom of a glacial lake. An essential stop on your Yukon road trip, hike up the dunes for stunning views.
Okanagan Desert, Osoyoos (BC)
Canada’s only true desert and the hottest place in Canada, Osoyoos, BC, is surrounded by the Okanagan Desert. The semi-arid region is home to hundreds of plant and animal species unique to the area.
Athabasca Sand Dunes (Saskatchewan)
The largest active sand surface in Canada, the Athabasca Sand Dunes reach as high as 30 meters and are located along the south shore of Lake Athabasca. The park is only accessible by boat or floatplane, but it sure is worth the effort in getting there.
The Great Sandhills (Saskatchewan)
A unique 1,900 sq. km area of active sand dunes, The Great Sandhills of southwestern Saskatchewan provide an excellent hiking and wildlife watching. The dunes are home to Mule deer and antelope.
Sandbanks Provincial Park (Ontario)
Explore the 12-kilometre stretch of white sand dunes that run along the shoreline of Lake Ontario with a visit to Sandbanks Provincial Park. Under three hours from Toronto, but you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to the tropics.