M.D of Greenview
Travelling south and east from the County of Grande Prairie No. 1 is an area of fertile farmland which gradually transforms into mixed-wood forests.This vast territory known as the Municipal District (M.D.) of Greenview No. 16 covers 32,915 square kilometers and includes the majestic Rockies in the southwest which serves as an entry point to tourists wishing to explore the full mountain range.
Within the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Destination Region, the M.D. encompasses the rural communities of Grande Cache, Grovedale, DeBolt, Puskwaskau, Crooked Creek, Ridgevalley, Valleyview, New Fish Creek, Sunset House, Sweathouse, and Little Smoky. Several rivers also wind their way through the MD and are a very popular recreational amenity for tourists and locals alike! In 2015 Greenview hosted the Tour of Alberta, Canada’s largest professional cycling race and one of Alberta’s biggest international sporting events.
Minutes south of Grande Prairie, motorists cross the Wapiti River and can access Secondary Highway 666 heading southwest. O’Brien Provincial Park on the banks of the Wapiti River is a favorite day use picnic area. Just down the road from O’Brien, the Nitehawk Ski Area offers a summer aerial water ramp for the training of aerial snowboarding and skiing enthusiasts, mountain biking, along with a full service year round campground. Go to www.gonitehawk.com for more information.
Of particular interest to outdoor enthusiasts are Two Lakes Provincial Park and Kakwa Wildland Provincial Park. Two Lakes consists of three campgrounds and 87 campsites. The lakes are popular for sport fishing. About 15 kilometers south of Two Lakes via a rugged, fair-weather forest company gravel road is the remote Kakwa Wildland Provincial Park. Within the park, the Kakwa River cascades 30 meters over Kakwa Falls, rushes through a 4 kilometer canyon and then plunges over a second set of falls.
Access to the falls is via a 20 kilometer unimproved trail suitable only for hikers, horseback or ATV. The Wildland also boast a 100 kilometer remote trail system from the early 1900s used by pack teams, that runs through alpine meadows and old growth forests with specimens of Engelmann spruce up to 300 years old. Forests and meadows offer visitors the opportunity to catch a glimpse of white-tailed deer, bald eagles, golden eagles, moose, coyotes, black bear and grizzly. To exit the park, visitors must retrace their drive via 666 to Highway 40 and turn south to follow the spectacular scenery of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
45 kilometers south of Grande Prairie and just east off of Highway 40 is the Musreau Lake Provincial Recreation Area. This spring-fed lake and camping area is a popular locale offering camping, boating and swimming plus access to ATV and equestrian trails.
East of Grande Prairie and running south off Highway 43 from the Goodwin Corner is the Forestry Trunk Road. This gravel road is used by forestry, oil and gas industry workers in the region. It is also a favorite for those campers wishing to experience a more rugged but peaceful vacation. There are numerous small camp areas holding no more than 5 or 10 sites which are operated and maintained by Canfor, Grande Prairie. For more information on the campground locations, contact the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association or see page 20 in this guide. Motorists can complete a circle loop on the gravel roads and access Highway 40 about 30 minutes south of Grande Prairie or head back to Highway 43 and head further east to the Valleyview area.
The Grovedale Fish Pond, Kakwa River, Southview and Swan Lake Recreation Areas described below are operated by the M.D. of Greenview.
GROVEDALE FISH POND
The Grovedale Fish Pond is located 30 kilometers south of Grande Prairie and 158 kilometers North of Grande Cache, and lies directly adjacent to Highway 40. The site provides stocked rainbow trout fishing and includes new family bathroom facilities, fire pits, bear-proof garbage containers, and Picnic Tables.
KAKWA RIVER RECREATION AREA
Kakwa River Provincial Recreation area is located 110 kilometers south of Grande Prairie and 70 kilometers North of Grande Cache. The site includes renovated waste facilities, fire wood, corral, a functioning manual water pump, fire pits and 6 picnic tables. This is a ‘Catch and Release’ fishing site for Trout, Grayling, and Whitefish. Fishing at this site is typically open from the beginning of June to the end of October and closed at the beginning of November through to the end of May. Please see the current Alberta Fishing Regulations for Details.
SOUTHVIEW RECREATION AREA
Southview Provincial Recreation Area is located approximately 45 kilometers northeast of Grande Cache and 135 kilometers southwest of Grande Prairie. This site includes waste facilities and two concrete picnic tables. The site is very open and easily accommodates larger camping units.
Williamson Provincial Park on the south shore of Sturgeon Lake, and Young’s Point Provincial Park on the northwest shore, offer services including a combined total of almost 200 camping sites with playground areas, picnic sites with good drinking water, firewood, comfort stations with showers, electrical hook-ups, RV hook-ups, hiking trails and boat launches.
A little east of Williamson Provincial Park lays the historic Edson Trail. Thousands of Settlers travelled the trail from Edson in the south to Grande Prairie between 1911 and 1916 to claim farmland in the Peace Country. The junction of the Edson Trail and Grouard Trail are located near this location on Highway 43.
The early pioneers had several stopovers including MacArthurs Landing at Sturgeon Lake. There is also a historic Edson Trail log cabin located near the Waskahigan River in the Little Smoky area. The Trail fell into disuse when the Edmonton, Dunvegan, and British Columbia Railway extended to Grande Prairie. Two incredible books have been written about the Edson Trail and can be purchased at The Heritage Discovery Centre – 780-532-5790
SWAN LAKE RECREATION AR
Swan Lake Recreation Area is located approximately 35 kilometres west of Valleyview. The lake is 140 hectares in size, with depths ranging from 3.2 to 5.6 metres. The site has a graveled boat launch, parking lot, day use area with picnic tables, fire pits and walking trails. It is a stocked water body with aerators installed since 1997 to prevent winter kill. Swan Lake is a very popular fishing destination with above average Rainbow Trout.
HAMLET of DEBOLT
Approximately 57 kilometres east of Grande Prairie on Highway 43, across the Smoky River, DeBolt is home to the DeBolt and District Pioneer Museum. The museum offers a collection of heritage buildings, including a barn, church manse, cabin, homestead, ice house, and more. All buildings are in Hubert Memorial Park in DeBolt, except the Legion Hall which is on Alberta Avenue. DeBolt holds an annual Heritage festival each August featuring a parade, fair, and activities for all. ‘The Centre’ is an expanded facility that encompasses the curling rink, hall and kitchen facility, library, meeting rooms and fitness centre. Creeks Crossing offers a 53 lot fully serviced residential housing development located on the south boundary of the Hamlet.
HAMLET of RIDGEVALLEY
Approximately 15 kilometres east of DeBolt is Crooked Creek, which offers an excellent ice cream stand at the general store. A few kilometres south of the Crooked Creek store is the vibrant Hamlet of Ridgevalley which offers a variety of business development, a school and arena. The Country Cottage Bed and Breakfast offers comfortable accommodations in the hamlet. Contact 1-866-462-8025 to book.
HAMLET of GROVEDALE
Located 21 kilometres south from Grande Prairie near the Nitehawk Ski Hill, is the energetic community of Grovedale which encompasses the Landry Heights subdivision. Grovedale is comprised of a general store, a convenience store, the Pioneers of Grovedale Area Museum, volunteer fire department , a community school, hall and arena. Outdoor enthusiasts can go fishing in the stocked Govedale Trout Pond for rainbow trout or go golfing on the 18 hole Grovedale Golf Course.
HAMLET of LITTLE SMOKY
The active Hamlet of Little Smoky, located halfway between Fox Creek and Valleyview off of Highway 43, is your next accommodation or camping stop. It is located near the confluence of the Iosegun, Little Smoky and Waskahigan rivers, with un-serviced camping at the Iosegun River Campground in the Waskahigan Provincial Recreation Area and serviced camping spots available at the Little Smoky Motel. In the summer boating, fishing, and hiking adventures await. In the winter, snowmobiling and fishing are excellent. Community members host events like the Country Music Jamboree that you will not want to miss. Fossils have also been found in the Little Smoky area which include a mammoth tusk found in 1959. Be sure to stop and check out the local sites, you’ll see good things do come in small packages.
TOWN of GRANDE CACHE
On Greenview’s most southerly boundary lies the Town of Grande Cache, 180 kilometres from Grande Prairie via Highway 40. Grande Cache, with a population of about 3800 residents, is a feisty, creative community anchored by a diversified economy so that the residents can live, work and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. Rafting companies and outfitters offer packages for all ages. Willmore Wilderness Park is a sanctuary for those who wish to explore the wilderness on foot, horse, mountain bike, or skis. Every August long weekend Grande Cache hosts the world renowned 125 km Canadian Death Race and DeathFest, a music festival and family fair. Details are available at www.canadiandeathrace.com.
TOWN of VALLEYVIEW
Approximately 345 kilometres from Edmonton, and 100 kilometres east of Grande Prairie, this community of 2000 is a flourishing service centre for the resource industries in the surrounding region. Because of its location at the junctions of Highway 43 to Grande Prairie and Highway 49 to Peace River, Valleyview has been nicknamed as the Portal to the Peace. Valleyview offers a full range of services and recreational activities. Services include hotels and motels, restaurants, gas stations, oilfield service/supply businesses, sporting goods store and more.
Valleyview and District Chamber of Commerce at 780-524-4535 or 780-524-2410.
All seasons offer fun and adventure! Within the immediate area it is easy to find excellent camping, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, boating and, for the naturalist, an abundance of birds, flowers and wildlife. The region is a sportsmen’s paradise, with winter recreation, summer events and several parks and campgrounds to choose from. Make sure to stop by the Valleyview Tourist Information Centre located 2 km south of town. It is a popular rest stop along the highway with gift shop, friendly staff and picnic areas. For a list of local outfitters, hunters, guides and wilderness tour operators, contact the Valleyview and District Chamber of Commerce at 780-524-4535 or 780-524-2410.