Roaming the North: A tourism strategy for Northern Alberta’s Peace-Athabasca landscapes
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The Peace-Athabasca region in Northern Alberta is rich in diverse landscapes, wildlife, and cultural history including indigenous connections to the land, a significant point of interest for the fur trade and the opening of Western Canada to European settlement, challenges and injustices of colonialism in the region, and the occupation of the largest free-roaming bison herd in the world residing Canada's largest national park. Despite this, few in Canada have the privilege to experience all the Peace-Athabasca region, and its largest national park has to offer. This is due to the poor accessibility of physical access and access to the land and its people's stories. The practicum's goal is to increase Northern Alberta's tourism by river and road travel to Wood Buffalo National Park using landscape design to reveal the Peace-Athabasca region's cultural and historical heritage. This practicum develops a tourism strategy encompassing Northern Alberta's cultural and historical heritage themes for three unique design routes through Northern Alberta to Wood Buffalo National Park by designating new attractions, increasing designated rest areas and points of interest, and communicates stories of the region through interpretive signage along each route. The practicum's strategy recommendations are intended to be implemented into the province of Alberta's tourism framework and positively impact local communities through increased tourism.