CrocusKleskun Hills Museum / Campground

Kleskun Hill Park is a 65-hectare natural area that offers opportunities to examine the many species of plants in the area and protects one of the largest pieces of native grassland remaining in the Grande Prairie Region.  There are more than 160 flowering plants including the cactus.  The rolling hills rise 100 meters above the plains in this area and the eroded remnants of a prehistoric river delta look like a miniature version of the badlands of Drumheller, Alberta.

The Kleskun Hills were first created over 70 million years ago from the accumulation of sand, volcanic ash and clay. Over time the layers hardened forming shale, coal and sandstone known as the Wapiti Formation. The retreat of the Ice Age carved out the hills and the wind and rain polished the hills. Here cactus grow in the arid, desert-like conditions where layers of rock and sediment from prehistoric lakes and seas are visible in the exposed hills.

The walking trails exploring the hills offer scenic vistas and opportunities for pleasant nature walks to examine the many species of prairie and badlands plants that are near their northern limits, including prickly pear cactus. Grassland birds include vesper sparrow, upland sandpiper and western meadowlark. On the far end is a First Nation Burial Ground for the Beaver and Cree People.

A Heritage Village is located at the entrance of the park operated by the museum society. A collection of many original buildings of the area can be viewed including the original East Kleskun School, barn and out-buildings, first post office and the Roman Catholic Church built in 1947.

Campground is run by the County of GP No.1 with 9 sites (no hookups), a small picnic area, and a playground.

Kleskun Hill Park
County of Grande Prairie No.1
Parks and Recreation:  (780) 532-9727
kleskun@countygp.ab.ca
www.countygp.ab.ca
Park Caretaker:  Verna Milford
Office: (780) 567-3685

Annual Picnic June Photo Gallery

 

Old Bezanson Townsite Historic Site / Campground

Townsite CampingAlong the banks of the Smoky River just 12 km southeast of Bezanson is the Old Bezanson Townsite and what remains of the dream of A.M. Bezanson. In the early 1900s, he started building a city here in anticipation of the rail link. When the line passed through Grande Prairie instead, the Old Bezanson Townsite building footprints is all that remained of his legacy.

With the recent celebration of the centennial of settlement in Bezanson, the Townsite boasts new historical signage, a new playground, as well as many walking trails and the Memorial Cairn installed to commemorate Pioneer Women of the area.

The Campground is run by the County of GP No.1 and available for group bookings only with the rest of the site open as a day use area.

Old Bezanson Townsite
County of Grande Prairie No.1
Parks and Recreation:  (780) 532-9727 (bookings)
www.countygp.ab.ca
Park Caretaker:  Verna Milford
Office:  (780) 567-3685

Rates: $100/night group use only, $50/day group use only

Amenities include:

* 18 non-serviced sites and group day use sites

* Park gate open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

* Fire pits, picnic tables, outdoor restrooms, ball diamond, trails and playground

* No power or potable water

For more information on County of Grande Prairie Campgrounds and Parks, visit www.countygp.ab.ca.

Golf Courses

The Gunby Ranch Golf Course is located 5 km North off highway 43, 25 kms East of Bezanson. It is a 9 hole course with grass greens. Golf Season runs from May 1st – September 30th.   780.957.2150

River Stone is a unique 9 hole course located in the hamlet of Teepee Creek, AB (20 min north of Bezanson). It has 1000 vertical foot drop overall and one of the longest par 5 holes in Canada! River Stone also offers spacious camping areas, seasonal sites, a group cabin area for larger events, and Boat Rentals.

 

Glen Leslie Church & Cemetary

On November 21, 1914, a meeting was held to consider building a church at Glen Leslie. The 20’ x 30’ log church was built on ten acres allotted for a church and cemetery. By March 1915, the logs were hauled and construction began after spring work. Total cost of the Church was $468.00. The first church service was held on October 30, 1915 and continued until 1964.

In the spring of 2011, the Glen Leslie Church was designated a Provincial Historic Resource by the Minister of Culture & Community Development. It remains one of the few pre-1920’s structures left in the area.

 

Simonette River PRA

Simonette River Provincial Recreation Area (PRA) is located east of Bezanson, 10 kilometres south of Highway 43 on the Forestry Trunk Road. It is a popular camping and day use area, with its main attraction being the large sandy beach with access to Simonette River for water-based recreational activities.

 

Splatter Paintball

12 kms north on hwy 733 and 3 kms west to RR35 (20 mins from Bezanson)

From Beginners to Advanced players they have 5 different playing fields you can enjoy. The Town Site with two story towers & many buildings to hide in seems to be the favorite. Other fields include Inflatable Airball field, wooded fields, and an Attack & Defend field. Picnic area with fire pit & BBQ are free to use after your paintball experience.