WHICH PARK SUITS YOUR STYLE?
For Drayton Valley area residents, exploring your two local Provincial Parks has become just a bit more inviting with our milder weather! Did you know that the Drayton Valley region has two provincial park systems conveniently located within minutes of town? Read further to discover which park best suits your recreation style.
Eagle Point Provincial Park is one of 76 Provincial Parks in Alberta and straddles the North Saskatchewan River, following it downstream to the Berrymoor area. Eagle Point Provincial Park is easily accessible from the town and includes Willy West Campground. Within its 19.6 km2 are many excellent hiking, skiing and mountain biking opportunities.
Blue Rapids Provincial Recreation Area is one of 206 recreation areas in the province. Its 36.2 km2 follows the North Saskatchewan River upstream of the Highway 22 bridge and ends a few kilometers upstream of the Rose Creek near Alder Flats.
Eagle Point Provincial Park
As a Provincial Park, Eagle Point supports low impact outdoor recreation, Heritage Tourism and natural heritage appreciation activities that depend on and are compatible with the natural environment.
Check out Eagle Point’s many trails, including the Rotary Pembina Trails (5.3 km) just 2.5 km east of 50 Street & 50 Avenue junction, for some year round hiking trails or try Hilltop, Hillside Trails and Riverwalk Trails (6.7 km), branching off on the access road to Willy West Campground. And, once the snow flies, we’ve got nearly 15 km of amazing groomed ski trails to explore at Pembina Nordic, east of Highway 22 on Twp 494.
Blue Rapids Provincial Recreation Area
As a Provincial Recreation Area, Blue Rapids is governed with outdoor recreation as a priority, allowing for carefully managed ATV use on designated trails, a gun range and hunting during hunting season. You can explore Blue Rapids’ 70 km ATV trails on both sides of the river! Many of the trails can be accessed by heading south of Drayton Valley towards Buck Creek on RR71 or have a go at the trails accessible south on RR 83 via Hwy 620.
If you’d like to explore the hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, skiing and ATVing trails in these two parks, you can visit our website at www.epbrparkscouncil.org for trail maps and detailed information.
So go out and explore your local parks this fall and winter! Adventure Awaits!
Check out more information on Alberta’s parks at https://www.albertaparks.ca/albertaparksca/visit-our-parks/