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As the world navigates the COVID-19 outbreak, we are all doing our part to limit its impact. If you’re looking for the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation in Alberta, visit the Government of Alberta’s website for the latest news.
While the situation is ever-changing, it’s too soon to say when activities will return to normal. So we will leave you with a couple of reasons why Valleyview, Alberta should be on your future radar: To be clear, we do not suggest travelling now. Please listen and follow all the social distancing and preventive measures being recommended by health officials.
Plan a picturesque golf getaway
The Valleyview Riverside Golf Course is a view in itself in addition to being a challenging, fun nine-hole golf course. It’s situated right along the Little Smokey River, and its rolling hills and dense trees require concentration from its players. The golf course is located about an hour and a half east of Grand Prairie - perfect for a day trip.
Young’s Point Provincial Park
Alberta is known for its parks, from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park, but Young’s Point Provincial Park is one of the province’s best-kept secrets. Home to Sturgeon Lake, visitors can do a variety of outdoor activities from hiking, mountain biking, sailing, water skiing, and even bird watching on the observation deck at the beaver pond. Save Young’s Point Provincial Park for the nature bucket list.
These are only a snippet of what’s available in Valleyview. We encourage you to flip through the past year of our blog to see what Valleyview is normally like. For everyone here at our hotel, we wish you and your loved ones the best during these difficult times. Stay healthy!
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The winter months bring a spell of cold weather to the town of Valleyview, but our hardy local residents still find creative ways to stay active. Whether you’re a dedicated runner, a hockey hobbyist or a biking enthusiast, Valleyview has two events coming up in March that will challenge and delight those with an athletic spirit. If you’re visiting our town, attending these events as a spectator is a great chance to get a sense of our local community spirit!
12th Annual Valleyview Cup
Hockey runs deep in Canada’s national spirit. Across the country, there exists a seemingly endless appetite for playing, watching and celebrating our most popular national sport. This passion for the game is alive and well in Valleyview. This March the town will host The Valleyview Cup, an annual two-day hockey tournament which supports the Northern Alberta Make a Wish Foundation. The tournament, now in its' 12th year will be held at the Polar Palace, an ice arena which also offers public skating and other events throughout the year. Come on down and watch our teams compete from the stands in a unique visitor’s experience!
Greenview Indoor Triathlon
On March 14th, swimmers, bikers and runners will get together in teams to compete in the Greenview Indoor Triathlon. Unlike traditional multisport races, which are measured by distance, each leg of this triathlon will be completed within a set amount of time in which participants attempt to cover as much of the track as possible. This event will be held at the Greenview Regional Multiplex, an indoor recreational facility which houses a swimming pool, a fitness facility and a 136-metre indoor track.
Whether you're looking for active participation in adventures that test your athletic prowess, or choose to cheer on a favorite team, there are exciting sports events in the city even during these chilly months. Perhaps you may opt for relaxation at Paradise Inn and Suites where you'll have a premium stay experience during your visit to Valleyview. We offer our guests superb amenities to ensure a wonderful home-away-from-home experience, which includes quality bedding, free high-speed Wi-Fi, heated indoor pool, hot tub, a 24-hour Tim Hortons on the premises and so much more. Inquire about our pet-friendly rooms. Book your stay with us today!
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Are you travelling to Alberta this winter with your foodie buddies? If you are visiting Valleyview and are curious about what the city offers in terms of delicious culinary experiences, you won't be disappointed. Valleyview offers some great options for you to check out while on your foodie trip. This is a list of some of our favourite places, serving everything from quick bites to sit down dinners.
One of our favourite destinations is Captain Pizza. One visit and you'll fall in love with their classics, including the pepperoni and Hawaiian-style pizzas. Equally tasty are their vegetarian options. Perhaps you're in the mood for something different but just as delicious, such as a hearty pasta dish, a sub or sandwich, or even a donair.
Are you on the hunt for the ultimate burger while in Valleyview? Explore another favourite on the list, the Burger Baron. All items on their extensive menu are superb and special treats. However, we're smitten with their Canadian Burger and their delectable Mushroom Burger. Try the Chicken Burger for a nice change of pace. Also on the menu are pizza, sandwiches, donair, good old fashioned fried chicken, chicken wings and nuggets with amazing dipping sauce options.
If you're seeking a more formal dining experience, the Horizon Steakhouse is a delightful choice. The menu is extensive and diverse, offering pizza, pasta, burgers, chicken and more, but the highlight of the visit is the steak, all AAA Alberta grade, cut in-house, aged for 27 days, and seasoned and grilled to perfection. You can't leave Valleyview without trying the rib eye with garlic prawns. Pair this divine meal with the Baked French Onion Soup. This is true fine dining.
Complete your culinary adventure with a relaxed and pleasant rest at Paradise Inn & Suites Valleyview. Stay in comfortable well-appointed accommodations - we have short-term and extended stay options. All guests will find a wonderful list of perks such as a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast served daily, indoor heated pool, hot tub, waterslide, free high-speed Wi-Fi and so much more. Book your stay with us today!
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Some people lament the passing of the summer, but every season has its charms. October might signal the return of the chillier weather, but there’s magic in that chill. It provides a different type of enjoyment to summer, sure, but we’re better for it. If you’re visiting Valleyview during October, you’ll find a host of enjoyable autumn activities and events waiting for you. Wrap up warm, and get ready for a fun few days while you’re in town.
Go for a stroll
Going out for a stroll during the autumn is vastly underrated. There’s a chill in the air, you’re wrapped up warm, and the smell is oh so delicious. You can get your fill of the outdoors by taking a trip to Young’s Point Provincial Park, which is just a short drive from Valleyview. There you’ll find a range of trail options.
The end of October is all about Halloween, and in Valleyview, we have the perfect event that’ll have you scared silly (or at least having fun…). The haunted house will return to Memorial Hall on October 31st and will feature two shows. There’s an earlier one for the kids (aged 9 and under), and then a slightly spookier one for kids aged 10 and older.
Autumn is all about eating well! In Valleyview, you’ll find a range of restaurants offering hearty meals that’ll help to keep the chill away. Check out Horizon Steakhouse or Western Valley Bar & Grill.
After all that autumn excitement, you’ll want to return to the best hotel in Grande Prairie to have a restful night. At Paradise Inn & Suites Valleyview, you’ll be ideally situated to enjoy all the events and activities outlined above. Our hotel also features amenities that include an onsite Tim Hortons restaurant, a fitness centre, and a heated indoor pool.
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Are you a lover of the outdoors? Looking for some last-minute adventures to top off the summer? Visit Young’s Point Provincial Park for the best of hiking, cycling, and wildlife!
This is an intensive guide for great day trips to Young’s Point Provincial Park and the best it has to offer:
Hiking and Cycling:
The park has three great trails you can visit to see the best of nature. Sturgeon, Alces and the Eagle Creek/Boreal Loop are the three main trails and they vary between 2.5-7 km each; making it a great option for any level of experience. These trails are open all year round but we recommend heading there in the warmer months for mountain biking and hiking. If you plan on heading to the park in the colder months make sure to hit up the trails for a unique snowshoeing experience.
Sturgeon Lake and Beaver Pond
If you are a fan of water activities make sure that you check out Sturgeon Lake. Whether you are into water sports, wildlife or relaxing the lake has something to offer for everyone. If you want to fish you can head out sailing, canoeing or powerboating. Out on the powerboat? Why not take a try at water skiing? There’s also an observation deck at Beaver Pond if you want a great spot for bird watching. If you want to take it easy you can relax at the beach and enjoy the sun!
Planning to go on a summer adventure to enjoy the outdoors and visit the park but wondering where to stay? We have the answer for you, Paradise Inn Suites are your best option for clean and quality accommodations for the length of your stay. Paradise Inn Suites offers comfortable rooms for you and your group. You can find a room option that best fits your needs at the Paradise Inn Suites!
Valleyview’s favourite summer event returns this summer from August 9th to 11th! The Agricultural Fair and Rodeo is a beloved tradition that brings together the local community as well as visitors for a weekend of fun for all ages.
For visitors to Valleyview and Northern Alberta, checking out the Agricultural Fair and Rodeo is a great way to get an exciting taste of life in Peace River County. Stay tuned for more details on this year’s event as August approaches, but rest assured there will be plenty to do and see! In previous years, the 3-day event has kicked off with a pancake breakfast on Main Street, plus a float parade that truly brings the community together in mutual celebration of local life. There is also a chilli supper where you can sit and chat with locals over a hearty bowl of the homemade classic stew.
You can also check out lots of rodeo events at the fair and rodeo grounds. In the past, this has included a classic exhibit hall, a cattle show, and competitive pony chuckwagon races. Kids of all ages will have plenty to do and see, with inflatable slides and bouncy castles, balloon art, arts and crafts, and more. Be sure to come with an appetite and sample all kinds of different foods from local vendors. What a great way to get to know the community while supporting local businesses and having a blast!
The best thing about staying with Paradise Inn & Suites in Valleyview is that we’re centrally located right in the middle of town - making it a breeze to explore the local area and spend as much time at the Fair and Rodeo as you like while also being within walking distance of your room if you need a rest. We also offer plenty of great amenities to make your stay with us easy and comfortable, including free parking, free breakfast, an onsite Tim Hortons open 24 hours, and much more. Stay with us this summer and check out the Agricultural Fair & Rodeo! We’re looking forward to celebrating the event with all of our guests this year.
March 21st technically marks the first day of Spring, but love it or hate it, everyone knows there’s still plenty of snow in Alberta come April. We say enjoy the snow while it lasts and venture out into the fresh air this April! With Paradise Inn & Suites, there’s always something exciting to do nearby, no matter which of our affordable and friendly accommodations you choose. Here are some ideas for snow, ski, and board events near our inns this spring:
On the first Friday of April, head to the Nighthawk Year-Round Adventure Park for fun in the snow that’s light on your wallet! On this night, all ski and board lift tickets are free, and equipment rentals are available for just $15 per person. For those who don’t want to ski or board, the Aquatera Tube Zone will also be open, with tickets available at the regular rate. Enjoy a night out on the slopes with family and friends before you switch back into spring and summer mode. Nighthawk Year-Round Adventure Park is just a 15 minute drive away from Paradise Inn & Suites Grande Prairie Airport, so you don’t need to make a long trip into the mountains for a day on the hills.
If you’re near Leduc, AB, and feeling more adventurous, check out the annual post-season terrain park event at the Rabbit Hill Snow Resort. On April 6th to 7th and 13th to 14th, this local ski area’s terrain park will take over the base area. This means more terrain park for everyone, with park features going all the way down to the bunny hill. Event tickets are just $25 per day, and there will be food onsite as well as special contests and prizes. It’s worth going just to watch others do their thing! Rabbit Hill Snow Resort is just a 20 minute drive from Paradise Inn & Suites Signature in Leduc, so why not go check it out?
Come on, bust out those skis and boots one more time and make some memories in the snow to last you through the coming summer. And with Paradise Inn & Suites, you’ll always have a warm, comfortable room to get back to after your day in the cold.
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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!