My theme for this trip was nature .... so of course, I wandered into another park with the assistance of my hostess!
Saskatoon Island Provincial Park was established in 1973 and covers an area over 100 hectares. Many years ago, the Cree First Nations people picked saskatoon berries that grew on the small island and mixed them with other berries to make pemmican. The Cree described the many flowers as Saskwatoomia or saskatoon.
In 1919, the lake level dropped and Saskatoon Island became part of the mainland. It is just outside of the Grande Prairie city limits and is famous for being an Important Bird viewing site and is a designated Migratory Bird Sanctuary to protect the Trumpeter Swan and Native Plants that support the wildlife.
This park Includes lots of day-use areas. Baseball diamond, tennis and badminton, volleyball and 6.5 km of hiking trails, as well as 96 camping sites and a confectionary stand to provide visitors with needed munchies.
Grande Prairie is proud of it's location, and the surrounding natural resources. There are 8 county parks with camping, hiking, and other services - and this is in addition to nearby provincial parks!
Day use is free, camping is a reasonable $15 - $20 / night. So take the time to enjoy the beauty of the region at these wonderful parks as you wander ....
Welcome to the first rodeo of the pro tour. Thats right, the first one is here in Grande Praire, and we love it!
Chuck wagons, bull riding, barrel racing and cowboys - we got it all. The stompede also brings into town the fair grounds so the kids can play on the rides while you check out the action!
The stompede is the first week of June, and its a crazy, busy weekend here. Lots of fun!
If you want to walk through the city of Grande Prairie, there is no better way to do it than down the trails, Muskoseepi Trails that is.
These paved trails run across the whole town, mostly along Bear Creek. They are kept in good shape - you can walk, rollerblade, skate or bike through them all.
Pets are welcomed, but please, keep them on a leash and clean up after then!
Grande Prairie Museum
Grouping of some of Grande Prairie and Region history with restored buildings on site. The prehistoric and pioneer life of the region is illustrated through displays of rocks, fossils, photographs, artifacts relating to early settlement, and a large display of a living village.
Fairgrounds facility includes a Class "A" race track, logger bowl, picnic facilities, two exhibit halls and an outdoor grandstand.
Live Pari-mutuel races during month of July/August, usually every Thursday, and weekends.
Numerous trade shows, fairs, rodeos, competitions, held year round.
This is where the "big shows" take place, such as the Agri Show, the Petroleum Show, Country Fever Weekend, and of course, the Rodeo.
There is also trails all through the dunes area where you can quad, skidoo, ride horses, walk, or run. These trails are not paved, but are groomed on a regular basis.
If you've never stood next to a buffalo, you must do that when visiting Grande Prairie. There are several ranches nearby that offer tours and such. To see the animal that once roamed free and wild, its sad to think of what our ancestors did to dimish their population, until you see one running right at you, then you count your blessings there is a fence in between!!!
I'd like to say thanks to the Memphis Belle for allowing me to use a pic of hers to show you all what I mean!
A lovely friend from California (thats you Kat!) couldn't believe we had gambling everywhere she looked (in lounges, bars, pretty much anywhere thats for age 18+ has a VLT machine).
The casino in Grande Prairie is the Great Northern Casino.
16,500 sq. ft newly constructed, 181 Vegas Style Slots, Progressive Slots, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker, Bacarrat, Caribbean Stud.
It is open 7 days a week, and very busy!
Wapiti Nordic Centre - developed for the 1995 Winter Games, provides 40+ km (including over 4 km of lighted night skiing) of beautiful cross-country skiing in the winter.
During the summer months the trails afford the opportunity for mountain biking, running, hiking or just a casual stroll through the boreal forest.
Trails are marked for time, length, and ability level. You can't get lost here!
Dogs are welcomed on the trails all summer - not in winter though. No motorized vehicles, and no horses allowed!
Muskoseepi Park -"Muskoseepi" is Cree for Bear Creek. 446 ha of urban park bisecting the city from north and south along Bear Creek Valley.
Features Centennial Park, Park Pavilion, Amphitheatre and Pioneer Museum, a playground, all season pond, skate board park, lawn bowling green, mini golf, horseshoe pitches, picnic sites, hiking, cycling, bird watching, canoeing, arcade games and planned activities for all ages.
Muskosspi Park also boosts paved trails which run through the city, along the river. Bike riding, roller blading and skateboarding are all great - as well as walking a dog!