With the Fire Alert in the area camping and making the campfires is probably not the best idea. Please, be careful when you spend time outside and be mindful of the fire alert. Make sure to avoid making open fire and report if you see that there are high chances of fire to occur. Having said that, we still want you to enjoy your time in Alberta, that’s why we’ve collected some exciting things to do outside with the minimum risk for your health and for the Mother Nature. There are plenty of recreational things to do around the Valleyview area to help you stay in shape and enjoy your summer activities:
Be sure to check the local golf courses if you happen around the Valleyview this May, Valleyview Riverside Golf Course is just one of them! This picturesque public golf course is a perfect place to have your regular golf session. Enjoy the view as you play, as the golf is located along the shores of the Little Smoke River.
Check the Valeyview Aquatic Centre and have a refreshing swim on a hot day. This outdoor swimming pool is loved by the local public and coming guests of the town. There are swimming lessons available, for those who decide to take laps for the first time.
Family Games Nights
Join us for a free session of family board games every Wednesday from 5.30 till 7.30 In the Swanson Room at the Polar Palace Arena. Reunite with your family or friends for a fun evening together. Boardgames, popcorn and lots of excitement await you during the evening!
After all these fun activities make sure to have some rest in our Paradise Inn & Suites Valleyview comfortable rooms. Choose your room for a chance to stay with comfort and get the most of the beautiful Valleyview area.
At Paradise Inn & Suites Valleyview, we’re happy to provide a versatile and well-equipped onsite fitness centre so that your travels don’t get in the way of your healthy lifestyle. That said, the Valleyview area is full of other great ways to work up a sweat and get your heart rate up.
Here are a few of our favourites!
Take a Dip
Few activities engage your entire body more effectively than swimming, and in Valleyview, there are a few great places to take a dip. One of these, of course, is our hotel’s pool, where you can get in some laps, and relax in the hot tub when your workout is over. The other is the outdoor Valleyview Aquatic Centre, which you’ll find just a 15-minute walk from our cozy hotel. It’ll open when the weather warms up!
Hit the Slopes
Skiing is one of the most enjoyable winter activities out there—and it’s also a great workout. For skiing around Valleyview, turn your attention to Little Smoky Ski Area, which you’ll find just an easy drive North of our hotel. Check out the hill’s website for information on hours, trails, and rentals.
Go for a Run
Picturesque Valleyview is crisscrossed with great running routes. Check out a map of town to create your own route, or head over to Kinsmen or Jubilee Park to run some laps!
Take to the Ice
Our hotel’s proximity to Valleyview’s Polar Palace Hockey Arena means that a good skate is never far away. Contact the arena at (780) 524-5158 for information on public skates, family skates, rentals, and even drop-in hockey games.
You’re visit to beautiful Valleyview doesn’t mean your healthy lifestyle has to be put on hold. With great facilities throughout the area, our town is a fitness enthusiast’s dream. Book a room at our hotel to enjoy our fitness centre, our pool, and a range of other convenient amenities. We look forward to welcoming you to town!
With the new year upon us, it seems most of the country has made their resolutions. Of course, making resolutions is easy—it’s the keeping them that can be difficult! But not to worry—Valleyview has you covered. Here are our solutions to three of the most common new years’ resolutions, so even if you’re travelling, there’s no excuses!
Get Fit – Local Parks & Our Fitness Room
Everyone wants to be in great shape—and Valleyview makes it easy! With the beautiful scenery, you’ll love getting out in our park system for jogs, brisk walks, or other activities. Don’t miss the lakeside Young’s Point Provincial Park. If you want to double down, visit the other guests in our fitness room. With cardio equipment and free weights, you’ll be looking like a superhero in no time!
Spend More Time With the Family – Pool & Waterslide
If you want to be a superhero to your kids, take them to our indoor pool. If the heated water isn’t enough for you, you can head over to the hot tub while the kids play Marco Polo. And when they’re looking for a bigger thrill, send them up the waterslide—it’ll be easy to keep your resolutions as your kids make revolutions down towards the pool!
Sleep the Right Amount – Our Comfy Beds
Most working adults—and now even an alarming number of kids—are living with sleep debts. That’s why a newcomer in the resolution scene has been the desire to sleep more and live a healthier lifestyle. Getting a good night’s sleep is easy at Paradise Inn thanks to our quiet rooms and comfy beds, so you’ll find yourself drifting off to sleep—even if Storage Wars is on!
Whatever your new year’s resolutions are, we think Valleyview will make a great place to keep them. So team up with us and our encouraging staff on your way into 2016. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!
This November, visitors to Valleyview will not have too look far for fun. Over the course of the month there will be opportunities for activities of all shapes and sizes, all of which are very much checking out!
Here are a few of the upcoming highlights!
Free Drop in Sports
Starting November 3rd, free, drop-in sports nights return to Valleyview. On Tuesday nights at 7:00, guests can hit the hardwood at St. Stephen’s School, just a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive from our hotel, for a night of drop-in basketball. On Wednesday nights at 7:30, Hillside High School opens their gym for a night of pickup volleyball. Sweat out some calories, and have a great time doing it with either of these fantastic weekly events.
Open Skates and Hockey Games
If you prefer ice sports to those played on the gym floor, head over to Polar Palace Arena, where you’ll find an extensive schedule of open ice times for activities of all kinds, and skaters of all ages and skill levels! Find a breakdown of entry fees here!
November Movie Screenings
If you’re not a sports fan, or you’d prefer a quiet activity, you’ve got plenty of options too. On November 5th, for example, you can head over to New Fish Creek Hall for a free screening of recently-released Hollywood blockbuster Jurassic World, which stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio. Can’t make that day? Don’t worry, the film will be screened a second time at Polar Palace on November 13th—also entirely free to the public. And finally, if you’re 55 or older, you can also catch the film Lost Vegas for just $2 at the Shepherds Village Sunroom. Popcorn and iced tea will be served!
Yes, this November, Valleyview will be abuzz with fun of all kinds, from slam dunks and slap shots to free film screenings. All it takes to join in on the fun is a room at our hotel. Book yours today and enjoy excellent amenities, a great location, competitive rates, and of course, an on-site Tim Horton’s for a truly Canadian experience.
We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Valleyview!
Valleyview may be a small town, but don’t let that fool you. Ours is a region that is always abuzz with fun, from exciting outdoor activities, to charming festivals, and everything in between.
For proof of this fact, look no further than Valleyview’s annual Fall Festival, which is scheduled for September 11th, just a few short weeks away. The fun goes down at Valleyview’s Polar Palace Hockey Arena, just a short walk, or 5 minute drive from our cozy hotel. So, just what does this festival entail? Allow us to give you a preview!
One of the main attractions of the Fall Festival is its outdoor movie event. The movie was chosen by visitors to the festival’s Facebook page from a pool that included The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, and Inside Out. This year, after many votes were cast, the movie that’s going to be shown is the latter. The film tells the tale of young Riley’s move from the Midwest to San Francisco, and as an animated Disney/ Pixar film, it’s the perfect choice for guests traveling with your children. Catch it on the big screen at the festival!
But that’s not all the fall festival is set to feature. The event will also include a corn boil and hot dog barbecue, and here’s where the news gets even better: all of these goodies are free! And finally, this autumn event will feature all the staples you’d expect of a small town festival: live entertainment, plenty of food and drink, fun and games, and more. The excitement kicks off at 6:00pm and runs through till 10:00pm.
When you’ve had your fun at this lovely staple of Valleyview’s autumn, head back to our conveniently located hotel for a great night’s sleep, alongside awesome amenities and competitive rates!
Book your stay today. We look forward to welcoming you to town!
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.