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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.
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.