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Summer Splash & Play Guide

Parks and Protected Areas

April 30th, 2015

Alberta Parks and Protected Areas
Phone: 1-866-427-3582
Alberta’s Parks and Protected Areas are your gateway to outdoor adventure – whether you’re into bird-watching, backpacking, canoeing, mountain biking or just relaxing at a campground. Get together with friends and family and discover a part of the province you haven’t seen.

Blackfoot Recreation Area
Phone: 780-922-3293
Hike, mountain bike, canoe, or ride horseback in a provincial area whose 170km of trails run over rolling hills and past ponds, bogs, small lakes and wildlife. Interpretive Centre and four staging areas with picnic facilities.

Edmonton Parks and River Valley
Phone: 780-496-4999
Our most valuable assets are our gorgeous river valley and extensive system of parks and natural areas. Community Services implements programs and policies that protect and preserve while maintaining, developing and enhancing our river valley and parks. Edmonton’s river valley and parks system offers a diverse range of recreation opportunities: off-leash sites, playgrounds, picnic sites, outdoor skating and bicycle and walking trails.

Elk Island National Park
Address: Located 45 minutes East of Edmonton on Highway 16
Phone: 780-992-2950
This beautiful oasis is home to herds of free roaming plains bison, wood bison, moose, deer, and elk. Also boasting over 250 species of birds, the park is a bird watcher’s paradise.

Sherwood Park Natural Area
Address: Range Rd 231, Sherwood Park
Sherwood Park Natural Area offers bird watching and hiking on three kilometres of walking trails. Retrace the steps of pioneers along Old Edmonton Trail, or spot moose from the wildlife-watching platform in this quarter section of aspen forest.

Strathcona Wilderness Centre
Address: Located 16 kilometres (10miles) east of Sherwood Park on Baseline Road  (Township Road 530) and Range Rd 212
Phone: 780-922-3939
At the Strathcona Wilderness Centre visitors experience the outdoors! This popular hiking and cross-country skiing spot features 12 kilometres of trails that wind their way through the aspen parkland forest and along the shore of Bennett Lake. The centre is also a great location for canoeing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, wildlife watching, orienteering, nature interpretation and more. The Strathcona Wilderness Centre offers 550 acres of natural serenity.

South Cooking Lake Park
Address: 19 kilometres Southeast of Sherwood Park on the South shore of Cooking Lake
Phone: 780-922-4676
South Cooking Lake Park is a great spot for your family picnic. You can relax on a sandy beach or enjoy motor boating, windsurfing, or sailing on the lake. This park includes boat launch, walking trails, picnic sites, waterfowl viewing areas and a large grassed area for games.

Trails at Stony Plain
Phone: 780-963-4545
Over 14 km of pathways linking the entire community. Stop at Shikaoi Park to experience the Japanese gardens or relax at the Rotary Park pond and feed the ducks and geese.

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