Alberta Soil Science
Workshop 2017

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29th to 31st, 2017

2017 Alberta Soils Tour - Athabasca Oil Sands Region


The Alberta Soils Tour is an excellent training opportunity for those working with soils, whether the focus is soil conservation, land reclamation, or agronomy. Experts will provide background on soil formation and the various soil profiles for each of the landscapes encountered during the tour. Various soil conservation, land reclamation, and agronomy challenges will be addressed, along with special emphasis on forest fire history in the area.


The 2017 Soils Tour will include a wide variety of soil sites:

  • -Natural soil catenas in boreal landscapes
  • -Agricultural facilities at Wandering River, AB and Ft. McMurray, AB
  • -Reclaimed sites at Syncrude and Suncor oil sands mines
  • -Pipeline reclamation cases
  • -Visit to the Oil Sands Discovery Center at Ft. McMurray

$300.00 (includes transportation from/to Edmonton, breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinner, and refreshments Discount rates for students are available

Key Speakers

Len Leskiw – Paragon Soil and Environmental Consulting
Larry Turchenek – retired from AMEC



Day 1

Departing from InnoTech (250 Karl Clark Rd, Edmonton)
 -Boreal soil catena on till and House River Fire(2002) recovery at Crow Lake Provincial Park
 -Stops at Mariana L. and Ft. McMurray Fire sites
 -Oil Sands Discovery Center tour, Ft. McMurray

Catering dinner at the hotel in Ft. McMurray.

Day 2

Departing from Ft. McMurray, AB
 -Tour to the Dunvegan Gardens with focus on agricultural practices and properties of soils on fluvial sediments
 -Tour to a reclaimed overburden pile at Syncrude (Gateway Hill)
 -Soils on soft rock (bituminous sands)
 -Boreal soil catena on sandy deposits and Richardson Fire (2011) recovery at Fort Hills

Catering dinner at Dunvegan Gardens, Ft. McMurray

Day 3

Departing from Ft. McMurray, AB
 -Tour to a reclaimed tailing pond at Suncor (Wapisiw Lookout)
 -Tour to a farm and a pipeline reclamation site near Wandering River, AB
 -Tour to a farm near Athabasca, AB
 -Travelling south to Edmonton, AB

Bus arrives to InnoTech (250 Karl Clark Rd, Edmonton)


Merit Hotel & Suites, Fort McMurray (2 nights)

8200 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2H9
$115.00 + taxes, room/night
(book before May 6)
Phone: 1 866 650-FORT (3678) or (780) 714-9444

Mention the Alberta Soils Tour to receive the discounted room rate.