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It’s official: fall has arrived. And while summer is coming to an end, there is so much to celebrate with the return of fall. For one, it’s one of the best times of year to go hiking. Without the relentless sun and heat, hiking in the fall couldn’t be more pleasant. The milder weather coupled with stunning fall foliage makes hiking in the fall a no-brainer. Should you decide to get outdoors this season, there’s no better place than Young’s Point Provincial Park.
Roughly 25 minutes outside of Valleyview, this provincial park is a favourite among the locals. Between scenic Sturgeon Lake (the park sits on the northwest shore of the lake) and the numerous trails for hiking, running, and cycling, it’s a great place to spend a fall day. There are three hiking trails in particular that we can’t get enough of, and we wanted to highlight them here. Check out the top hiking trails in Young’s Point Provincial Park.
Alces is a trail in Young’s Point Provincial Park open to hikers and cyclists. It is a 3.0 kilometre loop that weaves along the southern edge of the park, linking up to Sturgeon Trail (more on that below). It’s a relatively easy hike, which makes it popular among families and people of all mobility levels.
Eagle Lake/Boreal Loop
Next up is the Eagle Lake/Boreal Loop, one of the most challenging but rewarding at Young’s Point Provincial Park. Seven kilometers in length, this more difficult route will have you hiking through a natural boreal forest (be sure to bring your camera). This trail is also open for cross country skiing come winter.
The third and final trail we love is the 2.5 kilometre Sturgeon Trail. As you may have guessed, this easy route takes you along the lake and connects with both the Alces and Eagle Lake trails. We highly recommend taking this extension of the latter two trails to enjoy all the scenery Young’s Point Provincial Park has to offer.
If you're visiting Valleyview this fall, be sure to spend a day at the nearby Young’s Point Provincial Park. And if you need a place to stay during your visit, you’re always welcome at the Paradise Inn & Suites.
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They don’t call Valleyview “Portal to the Peace” for nothing. Alberta’s little slice of paradise is charming, scenic, and laid back, guaranteed to put you at ease when you spend time here. And with it being more important than ever to stay close to home, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxing staycation. Keep reading for some great ways to take it easy in Valleyview.
Take in the Sights
Alberta is renowned for its abundance of natural beauty, and Valleyview is no exception. One of the best things to do here is to take in nature’s bounty and there are plenty of parks and green spaces to do so. One of our favourites is Young’s Point Provincial Park. Located on the northern end of Sturgeon Lake and home to a protected boreal forest system, the park offers a wide variety of recreational activities from hiking and cross country skiing to kayaking and fishing. A boat launch is situated at the beach area.
Enjoy a Meal at Local Favourite Restaurant
Travellers Restaurant is classic greasy spoon and a neighbourhood staple—and no staycation in Valleyview is complete without it! Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to enjoy diner fare like nachos, steak sandwiches, hot cakes and eggs, and pie. They also have a number of daily specials on rotation.
Soak in the Hot Tub
When you book you stay with Paradise Inn & Suites, you don’t need to venture very far for this one. Our Alberta hotel has some fantastic in-house amenities, including a heated indoor pool and hot tub. A long soak is just the thing for a relaxing getaway, and a perfect way to unwind at the end of a day of sightseeing around town.
Along with great hotel amenities, Paradise Inn & Suites has a wide variety of clean, spacious, stylish, and comfortable guest rooms and suites, well-appointed with modern details to make you feel at home. Get in touch to make your reservations.
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Valleyview, Alberta is a wonderful place to visit in the fall. During the colder months, temperatures drop and the vibrant leaves turn from green to crimson. It truly is a sight to behold. Thus, when you visit this fall, we recommend getting outdoors. From enjoying a walk in one of our nearby provincial parks to golfing nine holes, check out this list of things to do in Valleyview this fall.
Enjoy A Fall Walk
There’s no better way to soak up the beautiful fall foliage Valleyview has to offer than by going on a walk. There are numerous parks in town where, come October, you’ll be able to see crimson trees and feel crunchy leaves beneath your feet. Two of our favourites are Young’s Point Provincial Park and Williamson Provincial Park. Both of these parks feature easy, leisurely walking trails that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy.
Sip a Hot Drink at a Café
The return of cold weather means it’s time to swap those iced coffees for yummy spiced lattes. Celebrate the return of fall by sipping on a hot drink in Valleyview. Valleyview is home to Tall Timber Coffee Corp, our local independent coffee shop. Tall Timber is known for their incredible coffee, as well as their delicious pastries, soups, and sandwiches. Butternut squash soup with a warm vanilla latte anyone? Grab yours to go and take a walk along the town’s main drag.
Get a Round in at the Valleyview Riverside Golf Course
If you’re an avid golfer, then you’ll likely be getting in your last round of the season soon. There is no better place to do that than at the Valleyview Riverside Golf Course. This public, 9-hole course is located just 15 minutes from the hotel and is welcome to anyone. It’s also extremely affordable, making it a popular activity for families.
If you plan on visiting Valleyview this fall, then you’ll want to book a room at the Paradise Inn & Suites. We combine top-notch service and luxe amenities with a convenient location near some of the area's best fall attractions. You’ll also love the fact that we have a Tim Horton’s restaurant on-site, as well as a fitness centre and a heated indoor pool.
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Even though the pandemic is still ongoing, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy summer. Luckily in Valleyview, Alberta, there are plenty of outdoor activities for visitors and locals alike to enjoy. Below, we’ve compiled a list of our three favourite COVID-friendly outdoor activities in Valleyview, Alberta.
Golfing is a popular pastime in Valleyview, and one that can still be enjoyed even during this global pandemic. Golf courses across the province have all taken precautions to ensure that golf carts are properly sanitized between uses and social distancing is maintained. The Valleyview Riverside Golf Course is conveniently located 15 minutes from Paradise Inn & Suites. It is a public, 9-hole course featuring rolling hills and views of Little Smokey River. Alternatively, if you’re willing to drive a bit further to hit the links, then the neighbouring town of Grand Prairie (one hour by car) is home to several golf courses, including Bear Creek Golf Course and The Dunes Golf & Winter Club.
In Valleyview, Alberta, it’s not hard to find yourself surrounded by nature. This makes it the perfect spot for a day of hiking. Young’s Point Provincial Park is one of the best spots for hiking in the region. It is nestled along the north shore of Sturgeon Lake and is filled with picturesque trails. Alces trail, Sturgeon trail, and Eagle Creek trail are the three most popular hiking trails in the park. We recommend Eagle Creek as it boasts stunning lake views. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like hiking, the trails are also suitable for mountain biking.
Fishing is another great COVID-friendly activity to engage in on your visit to Valleyview, Alberta. Sturgeon Lake is only a short drive from us and it is here that fishing enthusiasts can enjoy a relaxing day out on the water. Keep an eye out for burbot, yellow perch, northern pike, walleye, and lake whitefish.
If you plan on visiting Valleyview, Alberta this summer, then you’ll want to book a room at the Paradise Inn & Suites. We combine excellent service and family-friendly amenities with an unbeatable location near some of the area's best outdoor attractions.
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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.