The area around Valleyview has been inhabited by native peoples for thousands of years due to the area’s rich hunting and fishing grounds. the local Cree poplulation has lived in the region since at least the 18th century.
In the early 1800s the first visitors to the area arrived, seeking natives to exchange goods for furs. The trading was good and a Hudson’s Bay Company post was established on Sturgeon Lake in 1877.
Peace River Jim’ Cornwall established the Bredin and Cornwall Trading Post nearby. The area was surveyed in 1900 for a possible settlement, but little developed of it. The following year the area was surveyed again by Fred Young who was particularly impressed with a piece of land on the northwest shore of Sturgeon Lake. By 1916 the first pioneers settled in the area nearby as its soil was rich for farming.
The community that formed to serve the growing population was initially named Red Willow Creek. Only when the first post office was opened in 1929 did the comunity change its name to Valleyview.
In late 1950 oil was discovered near the hamlet. The Whitecourt Cutoff project was completed in 1955, significantly reducing the travel time between the Peace Country and Edmonton. In 2020 the Town of Valleyview and Chamber of Commerce renamed a stretch of the highway to recognize the 65th anniversary of the cutoff’s completion. By the late fifties Valleyview had firmly achieved boomtown status having been incorporated as a village in 1954 and then a town only three years later in 1957.
There is much to see and do right within the scenic Town of Valleyview and you don’t have to go too far to find excellent camping choices, fishing, horseback riding, golfing and boating opportunities, and for the naturalists, an abundance of birds, flowers and wildlife abound. The Town of Valleyview boasts doorstep access to two picturesque Provincial Parks: Williamson (60 campsites, day-use area, boat launch) and Young’s Point (124 campsites, boat launch, hiking trails, playgrounds, showers, swimming area). For the golfing devotee, there are two 9-hole golf courses located within minutes for the Town of Valleyview: Riverside Golf (15 minutes south) and Greenview Golf (20 minutes west).
For the gun/hunter enthusiast, the Valleyview and District Gun Club boasts 200 members who utilize an outdoor gun range 11 minutes east of the town for sporting rifle, black powder, pistol, archery, and shotgun shooting events (this site also supports a clubhouse with gazebo and firepit, hosts annual public shooting events and hunter education training).
For the winter sports specialists, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling trails, and the affordable Little Smoky Ski Hill and Tube Park can keep people busy and entertained within a 30-minute driving-radius from the Town of Valleyview.