Shunda Creek

About Us

Shunda Creek is a 12-week program that addresses substance abuse issues that require live-in treatment and support in an isolated environment. This 10-bed wilderness-based addictions treatment program supports individuals on their personalized journey to recovery. Learn more here.

Funded by: Alberta Health Services – Addiction and Mental Health

Shunda Creek is licensed under the provisions of Part 1 of the Mental Health Services Protection Act of the Province of Alberta as indicated by the license below.

What is wilderness-based addictions treatment?

Wilderness-based addictions treatment involves the integration of wilderness-based activities (e.g. camping, canoeing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, etc.) into addictions therapy services. Traditional therapeutic techniques, such as one-on-one counselling and group work, are combined with intensive adventure-based activities that utilize the healing power of nature and an isolated environment on the journey to recovery.

Referral Process

Referrals are completed through Alberta Health Services (AHS). Please contact your local AHS Addiction & Mental Health office, call the Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322, or call the intake worker at 403-340-5466

To attend the Shunda Creek wilderness-based addiction treatment program, individuals must:

  • Be between the ages of 18-24,
  • Have a willingness to work towards recovery (voluntary program),
  • Have a willingness to participate in mandatory wilderness-based activities, including year-round camping, canoeing, biking and hiking.