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Grand Prairie: The big city in the Peace River Country. While the days in the greater region get colder in the winter months (and the nights grow even colder), the city stays warm with all the plenty of things to do. Grand Prairie presents three cozy events to keep your mind off the cold.
Cirque Musica Holiday
Concerts are nice, but concerts with visual experiences are much better. This isn’t just colours and bright lights, you’ll get to enjoy acrobats, jokesters and pranksters, and just an overall wintery Wonderland experience. The show is orchestrated by a live symphony orchestra that brings the music and action to life. Come to Wonderland by Cirque Musica Holiday on Sunday December 16, 2018. The show starts at 5:00 PM at Revolution Place. Tickets range from $39 to $93. Make sure to get your ticket now as there is only one showing!
Dave Barr Ugly Sweater Party
Some of us hate them. Some of us love them. One thing is for sure: everyone has fun when they’re involved in the party. What are we talking about? Well Ugly Christmas Sweaters, of course! The Dave Barr Community Centre is hosting an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party (on ice!) on Saturday, December 22, 2018. The party starts at 1PM and concludes around 3 PM. Bring your own skates, and they’ll bring the hot chocolate. It’s time to dig up that cringe-worthy and even more cringe-worthy dance moves on ice. Something for the community to enjoy right before Christmas itself.
Grand Prairie Paint Nights
Perhaps, you’re in the mood for something a little more low-key. We get it. Grand Prairie Paint Nights by Connie Goedee might be just for you (this event is 18+). With only 20 spots available, the seats will go fast. Join Connie in her “Wintertime” themed paint night, she provides the Canvas and Art supplies, and a free drink. This wintery theme is on December 19 from 7PM - 10PM at Pines.
If you are interested in these Grand Prairie events, but want to stay in a more gentle less city-like area, then it’s best to check out Paradise Inn & Suites in Valleyview. With complimentary breakfast and the best window views in Valleyview, it may feel like you never left home.
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There’s a reason this corridor in Northern Alberta is often called the “Portal to the Peace.” Valleyview is a charming place where you’ll feel warmly welcomed and at ease the minute that you arrive. One of the best ways to experience the local culture of an area is to get out there and eat! Here are three restaurants to dine at when you’re visiting Valleyview and, of course, don’t forget to book your stay with us here at Paradise Inn and Suites. We’re pet friendly, with a wide variety of clean, modern guestrooms and fantastic onsite amenities, including a heated indoor pool and hot tub. Give us a call today!
If you’re looking for a classy joint for a nice Friday night meal, look no further. Horizon Steakhouse has a great menu filled with plenty of options to suit a variety of tastes, from salisbury steak and old English fish and chips to veal parmigana and Buffalo chicken sandwich. They also have a menu for kids and seniors, as well as a dessert menu that includes cheesecake and even smores.
Tall Timber Coffee
This local coffee shop is known for its great atmosphere, delicious food, and, of course, top notch coffee. Industrial decor and touches like oversized couches and a fireplace make it a modern yet cozy spot to curl up and relax — or even get some work done, if you need to do so remotely. Tall Timber’s paninis and quiche are highly recommended, as is the espresso.
This classic diner feels like a step back in time. Come here for simple and good fare, like hamburger steak, fried chicken, and blueberry pie. And a side of nostalgia. Expect cozy little booths, charming decor, and friendly service.
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We believe small is beautiful, and this is definitely the case for Valleyview, Alberta. The town has a history of fur trading, farming, then in the 1950s, oil was discovered in the Peace region, which then became the main industry for Valleyview. Luckily, much of the area surrounding our town is Crown land has been left untouched; offering a chance to explore the many beautiful rivers, lakes, and hiking trails. Once you’ve had your wilderness fix, come back into town for the following exciting events:
Valleyview Carnival- August 7
First on the list is the Valleyview Carnival! Located just a five-minute drive from our inn, this kid-friendly event will be fun for the whole family! This year they have a special deal for a $35 wristband, which allows full access to the theme park without having to pay by ride! West Coast Amusement offers everything from the gentlest kiddie rides to ones for true dare-devils, along with the best in classic crowd-pleaser festival food. Don’t miss out on the most thrilling day of the summer!
The Fair- August 11-12
Valleyview Agricultural Society will be putting on their 50th annual fair and rodeo again this year! This year’s family-friendly event has taken on the theme of “Buckles and Burlap”, so dress accordingly! It will feature a multitude of classic vendors, all kinds of contests, amazing food and of course, kicking bulls! The fair will also feature a rock-painting event from 11 am until 1 pm on the Saturday and Sunday! If you happen to have paint on you, it is recommended to bring some, as more is always helpful!
Sandtimer House Concert- August 23
The great thing about small towns is the closeness the citizens have with one another, and Valleyview is no different! This cute, relaxed, volunteer-run event is hosted at Josie’s home, and features the talented British Indie-folk band ‘Sandtimer’! Their sound is soft and eclectic, with melodic voices and captivating guitar textures, leaving the audience wanting more every time. Although it is a casual event and walking right in is fine, the organizers appreciate a phone call ahead of time so they can estimate the number of chairs to set up in their space. Usually, the events are quite intimate, with 30 guests, more or less. Snacks, juice, and coffee are provided free of charge, but bringing alcohol or food to share is always welcomed! Entry is $20 for adults, $10 for students, and free for kids 12 and under.
If these events have enticed you to come to visit our charming little town, then we invite you to stay at the Paradise Inn and Suites for the best-in-class stay you can get in Valleyview, whether you’re travelling business-class or going on a leisure trip with family. Don’t believe us? Just check our reviews! We promise to wow you and give you the most comfortable stay possible, whether that means sliding down our indoor waterslide with the kids, relaxing in the hot tub, or having the ease of mind knowing that our hotel is pet-friendly!
Don’t start looking forward to the autumn months just yet; we still have plenty of
summer left ahead of us in Valleyview. Plan a trip to our quaint town during August and you’ll be able to enjoy outdoor recreation activities, hit a round of golf, experience a local festival, and pick up fresh fruit and veg for your trip home.
Young’s Point is a terrific year-round destination. While the sun is still shining on us, head on down with the family for a long hike, kayaking, swimming, or for one of the park’s regular events. The provincial park is located about twenty minutes from the hotel by car.
A round of golf
Need your walk to be a little bit more competitive? Then add some golf clubs and a ball and hit a nine hole round at one of Valleyview’s four golf courses. You have a choice of: Valleyview Riverside Golf Course; Debolt Golf Club; Meridan Drive Golf Course; and Greenview golf resort.
Small town event
The town of Bezanson will be hosting the 60th Bezanson School Homecoming, Fair & Horseshow on August 26 - 27. There’ll be something for the whole family at the event, which includes a bike parade, food stalls, a fair show, softball tournaments, and much more.
A taste of the area
It’s not summer without fresh fruit and vegetables. If you find yourself passing near Grande Prairie, make sure you stop by the Farmer’s Market, which takes place on Fridays from 4pm - 8pm, and Saturdays from 10am - 3pm.
Looking for an affordable hotel in Valleyview, AB? Book your room at Paradise Inn & Suites and you’ll receive a spacious accommodations at a great price. During your stay with us you’ll receive a free deluxe continental breakfast, and access to our gym and indoor swimming pool, among other amenities.
When you stay at Paradise Inn & Suites Valleyview, you’ll have everything you need to get out and active during your stay in Alberta. We provide a free deluxe continental breakfast for all our guests, and there’s even an onsite 24 hour Tim Horton’s to give you the fuel you need for those early morning rises. The only question is, where will you go? There’s some staggering places within easy driving distance of Valleyview, including a thriving city, some of Canada’s most beautiful natural scenery, and even a great provincial park that’s a short thirty minute drive away. And with the weather getting better every day, there’s no excuse not to get out and see the sights!
Young’s Point Provincial Park
We’ve talked about Young’s Point Provincial Park before, but it’s worth mentioning again - because it’s so great! You can do a whole host of activities at the park, which is a short drive from our hotel, including going to long walks, a bike ride, birding, fishing, and much, much more. If the weather is nice during your trip, make sure you get yourself down there.
Jasper National Park
Get up early and grab your Tim Horton’s: you’re going to be exploring one of Canada’s most beautiful destinations, Jasper National Park. The jagged peaks and wilderness of this section of the rockies will leave you awestruck. There’s little more to say, other than: you definitely don’t want to miss your chance to see this gem!
Make the drive over to Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city, and you’ll be treated to attraction after attraction. See the highlights of the Royal Alberta Museum or step back in time at Fort Edmonton Park. The Art Gallery of Alberta is also not to be missed if you’re a nature lover! Once you return back to our hotel, you’ll be able to get a good night’s rest in your extra comfortable bed. Perfection.
Valleyview is right in the middle of some incredible wilderness and beautiful nature. Not least of all this flora and fauna is Young’s Point Provincial Park, a remarkable destination for nature-lovers of all kind, any time of year. Next time you’re in Valleyview, make some time to visit this park, not just for the scenery and fresh air, but for the great activities available as well.
Young’s Point is home to all the traditional park activities, but taken to another level. The park is full of great hikes along the beautiful beaches and through the picture-perfect forests. There’s also both mountain biking and cycling, for those who love off road and those who prefer to stay on them. Horseshoes are also available, as is swimming.
On the water
Speaking of swimming, there’s plenty more to do with the water. There are docks for fishing, and plenty of room for kayaking and canoeing, but if you’re looking for something a step up, try sailing, power boating, water-skiing, or even wind-surfing. The park’s vast blue lake is perfect for all of the above, so prepare to get your feet wet!
The park is much more than an activity center, though. Visitors can look to the skies (or up in the trees) with their binoculars for some excellent birding. Keep your binoculars close to the ground, too, as there’s plenty of wildlife viewing available (can you spot a moose?). If you find nature to be a poor teacher for the day, pay attention to the interpretive program as it guides you through the park and all it has to offer the keen observer and open mind.
There’s a reason Young’s Point makes such an excellent place to spend time, and it isn’t just because it’s beautiful, so next time you’re in town, grab your outdoor equipment and make for the park! When you get back, be sure to also make a point of staying in our modern hotel. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!
It’s a common saying that good comes with bad, or vice versa, and for many local golfers, the winter months can definitely be seen as bed—cold weather and short days often cause courses to close. But these golfers don’t mind, because they know that with the slow winter comes an incredible spring and summer fit with the perfect conditions for golf: long, warm days will let you get your tee time in as late as 9:30 some nights! And because of this, many Albertan courses are definitely seen as a special place to be a golfer. We’ve picked three of our favourites, so next time you’re in Valleyview, be sure to book a tee-time. Heck, book three—you’ll have plenty of time to get through them all!
Valleyview Riverside Golf Course
This is a 9-hole public course, making it perfect for beginners or those looking to get through a quick round. However, its size does nothing to diminish its enjoyment: this picturesque course sits alongside the Little Smoky River, and has plenty of trees and water to keep things interesting. Afterwards, stop in at the clubhouse for a drink, because this course is as fun to look at as it is fun to play! See the course here.
Gunby Ranch Golf Course
With 9 holes, this is another great course for a quick round. However, the course offers two rounds for a reason: you’ll love the first 9 so much, you’ll want to do them again! Pro tip: keep your eye on the ball, and don’t let the beautiful birch trees circling the course distract you! Learn more here.
Greenview Golf Resort
Situated right on the picturesque Sturgeon Lake, this course features wide open greens, perfect for taking the cart out. Greenview is noted for their great service “on and off the course”, so feel free to stop in for a chat about that clutch birdie on the seventh hole! Check out their website here.
Now that spring is in the air, it’s been met with a ton of flying golf balls, and for good reason! Don’t miss out on Valleyiew’s golf season this year. And while you’re in the area, be sure to stay in our comfortable accommodations. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!
It’s a Tinkerbell Takeover! - Free Movie March 5 & 6
Take in a free movie, Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast, next week in Valleyview. A true Disney affair, the movie explores the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover.” E xcept in this case, you can’t judge a huge mysterious creature called a Neverbeast by its fangs ...you know how this Disney thing works.
Check it out at the New Fish Creek Hall on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. or take in a matinee at the Polar Palace Friday, March 6 at 1 p.m. Both locations are less than five minutes by car from our hotel.
Game On! March 13
Shake off any unlucky Friday the 13th vibes and bring the whole family to a fun games night at Valleyview’s Polar Palace
on March 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Taking things back to the good old basics of family entertainment, the evening features board games, giant chess and checkers, popcorn and door prizes. Hot dogs sold for $1 as well.
Into The (Frozen) Woods
It may still be the dead of winter here in Valleyview, but there is still hunting to be done! Valleyview is known for excellent hunting year-round thanks to our unique mix of forest and farmland. While you may have a few more months to wait for the chance to hunt big game including bear, deer, moose and elk, Valleyview’s own Red Willow Outfitters offers rifle and bowhunts for wolf and coyote until March 15.
Make sure you have a comfortable place to kick off your boots after the hunt, and book a room with us! We offer a full continental breakfast and waffle bar, as well as an in-house Tim Hortons restaurant to make your wake-up as pleasant as possible.
Out in Valleyview there’s room to breathe. Something many people take for granted in Alberta is the space around them. The Alberta prairies stretch out into the horizon for miles, you really do have a sense of autonomy and freedom in a place like this.
Which is why, Valleyview has a 4400 square feet Skatepark. Some people read, some people go fishing, and then there are some of us who skateboard. The Green Valley Skatepark has all you need to do just that.
With a series of half pipes, rails, a mini with spine, ledges, banks, and concrete that goes on for days it’s no wonder people come to this park to do some serious shredding.
Even if you don’t skateboard yourself it is impressive enough to go check out. The park itself is in a large field and is constructed almost like a cross. It’s large size makes maneuvering easier and it’s got some sweet rustic detailing on the rails. You’ll probably spot a deer or moose attached to a rail here or there, so don’t be alarmed. Not to mention if you do decide to visit perhaps when school just has let out, you can enjoy watching some of the kids out there working on their 720 Gazelle Flips and Caberiall Kickflips (which are kind of dangerous, probably shouldn’t try these if this is your first time skateboarding!).
Skateboarding is a sport that’s often taken for granted but in Valleyview, it’s taken seriously. Green Valley Skatepark speaks for itself.
The Skatepark is just a short drive away from Paradise Inn & Suites. Why not stay with us and we’ll put a Band-Aid on that fresh scrap you got at the park! Contact us now for the best rates guaranteed.
With their elongated, bony-plated bodies and a weight that can reach over 100 kilograms, lake sturgeon are the largest fresh water fish in North America. Alberta lake sturgeon, in particular, is a unique species, consisting of just two populations split between the nearby North Saskatchewan and South Saskatchewan Rivers. Although catch and release rules are strictly enforced for this endangered and protected fish, lake sturgeon fishing is a great way to relax in Alberta's beautiful backyard. Here are some tips to help you safely snag that big one.
Lake sturgeon are light biters, and using a stiff rod can prevent you from feeling bites and prompt the lake sturgeon spit out the bait because they feel the rod. Though you'll need a heavy rod, find one that doesn't have a stiff tip. Light tipped medium action rods can certainly land you a big catch, but it's extremely rough on the fish. A light tipped rod with a sturdy backbone, similar flexibility to a salmon rod, and a reel with a fair bit of line capacity is ideal, and the most mindful of the lake sturgeon's health.
Fresh, of course, is best, and recommended bait includes insect larvae, crayfish, fresh water clams, salmon eggs or carcasses, and small fish. If fresh bait isn't available, adding scents (such as shrimp oil or sardine oil) to your bait is sure to catch the lake sturgeon's attention.
Lake sturgeon travel with the tides as they look for food. If you’re not feeling any bites for at least 45 minutes, move. If the tide is out, look for deeper water. If the tide is in, beds of four to six feet may produce a nice catch. Whether you choose to fish the North Saskatchewan or South Saskatchewan River, the Paradise Inn & Suites Valleyview will be there to comfortably accommodate you. Our on-site Tim Hortons restaurant is open 24 hours to keep you properly caffeinated and fueled for your trip, and our lush Hypnos Sleep System beds await your return.