The Town of Athabasca is the modern gateway to the new north country, its economic prospects, natural resource industries, tourism opportunities, natural beauty, and lifestyle choices. Home to Athabasca University, a world leader in distance education, modern Athabasca provides an important gateway to the emerging world of Internet communications, electronic information and services, e-commerce, and smart communities.
Leisure lifestyles, rural living options, retirement housing, and adult living choices are the trends of the future. Athabasca is well poised to meet this opportunity. The Town offers peaceful vistas, safe streets, and fresh air. There are pedestrian-friendly pathways and walking trails, including a wheelchair accessible Rotary Way at the riverfront, the Muskeg Creek ski and hiking trails, the new Trans-Canada trails south along the Tawatinaw River and north of the Athabasca River towards the Sawdy district and Smith. Leisure activities abound: hiking, birding, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, square dancing, pottery, drama, bingo and cards, art club, poetry clubs, swimming, curling, golfing, ice fishing, music society, snow mobile riding, and more.
Those seeking healthy lifestyles can visit a fitness centre, public pool, health food stores, physiotherapy and massage therapists, chiropractors, or jog or walk the Town's trails and hills for health!