7. Sandy Point

Sandy Point is the first and only rebuttal needed when the idea of the dull, flat prairie comes up. Yes, Sandy Point is proof that breathtaking landscapes can emerge under your feet.

The South Saskatchewan river valley at Sandy Point is the Canadian Badlands at its finest. You approach it after 100 kilometres of rolling Alberta prairie, which is hypnotic and remarkable in its own right. Suddenly ranchers’ fields and virgin prairie drop away as you descend into the valley. Hoodoos stretch East and West along the river and a bright green trestle bridge comes into view.

Along the riverbank is a sleepy little campground, a great place to spend the night. Some even use it as a base or finishing point for canoe trips or fishing, with dozens more miles of badlands and hoodoos for your eyes only.

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