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.
Grande Prairie is the largest urban centre in close proximity to Valleyview only one hour away by car. If you’re staying in Valleyview for an extended period of time a great weekend activity is to head to Grande Prairie and sample a few of that city’s pleasures. Here at the Paradise Inn & Suites, we’ve compiled a practical list of great things to do on a day off in Grande Prairie. Don’t hesitate to ask our friendly and helpful staff for further pointers.
The Eastlink Centre is the main leisure facility in Grande Prairie. It houses a pool, two hot tubs, water slides an indoor track, squash and racquetball courts, a fitness gym and a fieldhouse gym. A number of great shops and restaurants are located on site so you can fuel up after your workout. For driving directions to Eastlink Centre click here.
Two Great Coffee Shops
Bean Counters Coffee House is a great place to relax on your day off. They brew 49th parallel roast, one of Vancouver’s finest coffees. You can expect to pay a bit more for this premium roast but it’s well worth the money. Bean Counters pairs excellent coffee with a pleasant atmosphere. Jeffrey’s Coffee Shop is another great option with a full food menu – try their soups.
Grande Prairie has a wealth of grocery shopping options including a Superstore, Save-On-Foods, IGA and Costco. All are easily accessible by car with Costco and Superstore offering the best prices. Remember, a membership is required to shop at Costco.
Welcome to Valleyview our little piece of paradise in Alberta. If you’re staying with us for an extended period of time, you’ll definitely want to head to Grande Prairie for some relaxation and to stock up on all the essentials. Remember, we have our own fitness facility onsite, so if you’re feeling like getting active on the day off you won’t have to go far. We look forward to being your choice for accommodations in Valleyview.
Summer in Northern Alberta is an exquisite time of year: the days are long, the temperatures warm and wildlife of all sorts springs to life after a long winter.
Valleyview and its surroundings offer superb opportunities for experiencing the paradise that is the great Northern Alberta outdoors. While staying with us this summer, consider getting outside and taking a day trip to one of our region’s scenic and well-equipped provincial parks.
Located on the south shore of Sturgeon Lake only 15 km from Valleyview, Williamson Provincial Park is a local favourite for summer relaxing amongst shady trees and lakeshore beauty.
Bring a picnic or simply relax in a sturdy day use shelter situated in a grove of aged spruce trees. Facilities include a swimming beach, change rooms/toilets, cook shelters, fire pits and water.
Be on the lookout for an impressive variety of birds at this site: over 150 species nest or visit this area in the summer months. You might even hear the famous call of the loon!
The larger of the two parks on Sturgeon Lake, Young’s Point lies at 23 km. distance from Valleyview. A nice feature of this park is its ample opportunities to hike and mountain bike in a grove of the northern boreal forest.
Additional facilities include fire pits, a kids’ playground, flush toilets and a swimming dock. This park is also a fantastic location for birding. The best viewing spot is at the platform at the Beaver Pond.
We are pleased to welcome you at Paradise Inn & Suites Valleyview this summer. Our friendly staff and amenities like a 24 hour Tim Hortons and full fitness centre will make your stay one of superb comfort.
While you’re here, sample a bit of the great Northern Alberta outdoors. You just might fall in love with the natural beauty of this place.
The 2014 winter brought some pretty wild, even chaotic, weather to Alberta and many parts of Canada, so most of us north of the 49th can’t wait for summer to finally arrive. Luckily for anyone visiting Valleyview, AB and Northern Alberta’s Peace Country, there’s a wide variety of festivals, fairs, concerts and celebrations at which you can soak up the sun and enjoy the finer things in life. Here’s a list of some of the top events happening in Valleyview, AB this summer at the Valleyview Agricultural Society.
Lawn Mower Racing | May 24
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Most of us use our lawnmowers for the sole purpose of cutting grass, but if you have one of the ride-on variety, don’t pretend that you haven’t fantasized about racing that bad boy at top speed against your neighbour. And while not everyone is cut out for racing lawn mowers, it’s a heck of a lot of fun to watch them, so don’t miss the lawnmower races at the Valleyview AG grounds on May 24th!
All Breed Horse Show | June 6 – 8
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See some of the most majestic animals in the Peace Country as they strut their stuff at the annual All Breed Horse Show presented by the Valleyview & District Agricultural Society. The dressage show is sanctioned as a bronze level event by Alberta Dressage and is sure to impress both equestrian enthusiasts and casual observers alike.
Annual Fair & Rodeo | Aug 8 – 10
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The whole town of Valleyview comes alive for this very special annual event which features all kinds of fun and excitement including the Crocus Hill Stampede, rides, games, live performances and much more.
If you’re visiting the northern Peace Country this summer, look to the Paradise Inn & Suites to provide you and your family with clean, modern accommodations in Valleyview, AB