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Hotel Blog

Welcome to the Paradise Inn & Suites in Valleyview's hotel blog. Feel free to catch up on our hotel news and other events that are happening in the local area. We want you to be in the know when you stay with us! Our hotel blog will keep you updated on what to do, see and where to play in Valleyview, Alberta.

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.

October
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posted by: Paradise Inn and Suites Valleyview on: October 1, 2014 8:23:29 AM

Lake sturgeon fishing

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. 

Equipment:

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. 

Bait:

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. 

Location:

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. 

August
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posted by: Paradise Inn and Suites Valleyview on: August 26, 2014 2:40:38 PM
 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.

Eastlink Recreational Centre

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. 

Eastlink Recreational Centre, just an hour drive from Valleyview 

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.

Jeffrey's Coffee Shop, Grande Prairie 

Grocery Shopping

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.  

June
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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.

Williamson Provincial Park

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!

Young’s Point Provincial Park

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.

Young's Point on Sturgeon Lake

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
@Valleyview & District Agricultural Society Grounds
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
@Valleyview & District Agricultural Society Grounds
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
@Valleyview & District Agricultural Society Grounds
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
 
February
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posted by: Paradise Inn and Suites Valleyview on: February 20, 2014 3:10:32 PM

Habitants of the Canadian West have always been tough. Braving the elements and the uncertainty of moving to new, untamed lands, they were true pioneers. Our town of Valleyview has a rich history, fuelled by first nations people, fur traders and immigrant settlers.

Like much of the Canadian west, the Valleyview area’s first inhabitants were First Nations people. The Cree Indians have occupied the area around Valleyview for countless centuries. As early as the 1770s, Cree Indians began trading animal furs to the Hudson’s Bay Company and soon after, a fur trading post was established on the edge of Sturgeon Lake.



After the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, many European setters flocked to western Canada to start a new life—they arrived in Valleyview like they did many other western settlements. Discovering that the soils of the area were primed for growing and taking advantage of the extended sunlight during summer months, agriculture took off. The now-thriving settlement officially named itself Valleyview in 1929, paying homage to its beautiful surroundings.

Not much changed in Valleyview until oil and natural gas were discovered some decades later. Valleyview again saw a boom as energy companies began extracting in the region and started using the services that Valleyview provided. Valleyview grew quickly from hamlet to village to town in a matter of a few years.

Today, Valleyview is a thriving town that boasts continues to hold strong ties to forestry, agriculture and the energy sector. Known as a to the Peace Region, it is a land of opportunity for those who wish to take it. Come explore our town and discover what makes it such a great place to be. While you’re here, book a room at the Paradise Inn & Suites. We’ll keep you comfortable with a variety of amenities and rooms and friendly staff.

When it comes to our national identity, Canadians are a proud bunch. It’s this spirit of national pride that Tim Horton’s has tapped into with it’s latest telelvision ad, which features hockey superstar Sydney Crosby being joined on the ice by a legion of fans geared up for the game. While the commercial clearly speaks to the Canadian love for hockey, the message is bigger: as a nation, we stick to together.



Here at the Paradise Inn & Suites, this heartwarming commercial has got us thinking. First about grabbing a coffee from our onsite Tim Hortons, and second about what it is that makes Canadians unique. In this spirit, we’ve compiled a list of some “Candaianisms”; that is, words you’ll rarely hear outside of Canada. Be sure to commit them all to memory for smooth communication when you visit us here in Valleyview, Alberta.

Double Double:
When Canadians head to Tim Hortons for a coffee with 2 creams and 2 sugars, we say “Give me a double double!” 

Toonie:
Canadians use this affectionate name to refer to the silver-and-gold $2 coin that came into circulation in 1996

Toque:
While other countries have knit caps for winter weather, only in Canada will you hear them referred to as “touques”

Pop:
Down south, its soda; north of the 49th parallel, it’s pop!

Parkade:
In other parts of the world, multi-story parking lots are referred to awkwardly as “parking structures”. In Canada, we simply call them parkades. 

Chinook:
More common here in Alberta than the rest of the country, this word refers to the warm, moist coastal wind currents that travel over the Rocky Mountains in winter and often provide relief from the frigid temperatures in the prairie provinces.

Kitty-Corner:
When giving directions, how do you refer to a building that’s across an intersection diagonally from another? Here in Canada, we say it’s “kitty-corner”.

 

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