Beat the heat this summer and take a trip to the Berry Nice Spray Park in Blue Ridge. The hamlet of Blue Ridge is located only a 15-minute drive east of Whitecourt. The brand new spray park has 13 splash ready water features.
Located on the south boundary of Whitecourt, this large green space has kilometres of trails for biking, hiking, and jogging. Before heading out on the trails, make sure to pick up a trail map from the Visitor Information Centre located at the Forest Interpretive Centre or download a trail map from this website.
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The Huestis Demonstration Forest was developed with a focus on demonstration and learning as it relates to the boreal forest. Since 2006, the Huestis Demonstration Forest partnership has worked hard to renew, repair, and revitalize the site and is pleased to unveil all new educational signage, kiosks, picnic tables, bear-proof garbage cans, and several new hiking trails for you to enjoy. It is a great place to stop, stretch your legs, and learn about our amazing wilderness.
The site is only minutes from Whitecourt, just north of the Highway 43/Highway 32 junction. The site includes a self-guided tour with information kiosks, hiking trails, a tree garden, day-use parking, and washroom facilities. The driving or walking tour follows a 7-kilometre road loop, embedded within 10 acres of working forest.
Groat Creek is a quiet and beautiful day-use site located just off of Highway 32 south. The location is perfect for an afternoon picnic or a rest stop. Seven sites complete with picnic tables, fire rings, and outdoor washrooms are available for your enjoyment. A wood shelter is also available; however, you must supply your own wood.
Located in the quaint hamlet of Goose Lake just off of Secondary Highway 658, this quiet and secluded area consists of a day use site as well as a 62 site campground with lake access. The day use site has brand new picnic tables and fire rings. This is an ideal location to stop for a relaxing picnic on your drive along Highway 658, or spend time fishing for perch and jackfish.
Hard Luck Canyon is a beautiful place nestled in the forests of Woodlands County. Located 20 kilometres from Whitecourt on West Mountain Road, the canyon makes for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It's a perfect place to go and enjoy a breathtaking view of the ancient cliffs with the sound of the trickling falls and creek nearby. It is a prime location for visitors and local residents alike to relax for a picnic, or take some time to just relax under nature's canopy. Woodlands County has expanded the amenities located at the canyon in 2010 and has added new washrooms, picnic tables, a walking trail and bridge.
Map to Hard Luck Falls Hard Luck Falls Trail System Map View Website
Discover Whitecourt's roots at Heritage Park. Located on the grounds surrounding the Forest Interpretive Centre, this park features three visitor accessible heritage buildings and a number of assorted antique industrial equipment. Make sure to explore the 800 metre Interpretive Trail that winds throughout the forest.
The Mouth of Freeman River is a peaceful day-use area located just outside of Fort Assiniboine along Highway 33. The site showcases the point where the Freeman River intercepts with the Athabasca River, and as a result creates an excellent fishing location for a variety of species. The area boasts clean washrooms facilities, and three sites complete with picnic tables and fire rings.
Want to ride the rivers? Located on the west edge of Whitecourt, the boat launch located in Riverboat Park provides access to both the McLeod and Athabasca Rivers. The park also features a picnic area and shelter. This is a popular local fishing spot!
Rotary Park is your outdoor destination for family, outdoor activities in Whitecourt. The park features a splash park, picnic areas, sports fields, a playground, Whitecourt's Off-Leash Dog Park, an asphalt trail, and a pond that is stocked for family fishing in the summer and cleared for skating in the winter. Rotary Park is also home to Whitecourt's most popular family attraction - the Whitecourt River Slides.
The Whitecourt River Slides are open during the summer months for family enjoyment. The water feature consists of two man-made creeks with a series of pools and drops for tubing and play, with a shallow basin and beach at the end of the creeks. Operations are dependent on the weather, and the attraction is open from May long weekend to September 31 each year.
Rainbow trout fishing at its best! You'll find secluded Schuman Lake 24 kilometres west of Fort Assiniboine on Secondary Highway 658. A full day use area exists at the site with free access to picnic and barbeque areas. So pack a lunch, grab the fishing rods, and head out for a relaxing day in the midst of nature under the warmth of the sun.
Schuman Lake is clean, calm, and is stocked annually with rainbow trout. To maintain its natural, unspoiled state for your future enjoyment, only non-fuel watercrafts are allowed on the lake.
The Blue Ridge Recreation Area has is all for nature lovers. The trail system is perfect for walking or cycling. There is a quaint beach and designated swimming area perfect for cooling off in the summer heat. Picnic tables and portable restrooms are on site to enhance your day trip to this site.
Fishing enthusiasts will be intrigued to know that in 2011, the south lake was stocked with trout and is now managed as a quality stocked trout fishery.
In the winter, the Blue Ridge Recreation Area is ideal for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The 3 km of trails provide the perfect path for you to release your energy no matter the season.
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