Recreation Events & Programs

The Parks and Recreation department is pleased to announce it will be hosting a number of Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Education programs over 2018. The County's overall goal is to provide residents and the public with opportunities to be active and form a connection to nature, to increase their overall health and quality of life. There will be programs available for families, youth and adults to attend.

Upcoming Programs & Events:

Snowshoe  FUNdamentals Program

Have fun while learning a new winter activity!

The County of Grande Prairie is offering people an opportunity to learn to snowshoe! Register for the Snowshoe FUNdamentals Program to practice the basics at your own pace and to learn about snowshoe equipment, history of snowshoeing, how to dress appropriately when snowshoeing and recognizing potential hazards.

Participants will also learn about County Campgrounds, respect for nature and the health benefits of keeping active during the winter. After snowshoeing, participants can socialize, warm up by a campfire and enjoy a hot chocolate.

Times and Location:

Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Kleskun Hill Campground Front Gates.
Directions: Located 20 km northeast of Grande Prairie on Hwy #43, turn north on Range Road 41 for 4 km. Follow signs to the campground 

Details:

  • Cost is $10 per participant
  • Children must be at least six years old to register. Youth under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Snowshoes are available for rental for $10 (limited availability). Reserve a pair online.
  • Please dress for the weather!  Warm clothes and boots are required
  • The program will accept a maximum of 20 participants. If less than five participants register, the event will be cancelled and registration fees refunded

If the weather is below -20 degrees with wind-chill, or if we do not have enough snow, the event will be cancelled and registration fees refunded.

To register:

Pre-registration is mandatory.  Fill out our registration form at Eventbrite

Explore the Bear Lake Campground, Pipestone Creek Campground, Hommy Campground and Kleskun Hill Campground on your own throughout the winter. They are open on weekends from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Winter Family Frostival  Event rescheduled due to weather

Bear Lake Campground

NEW DATE February 24, 2019 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Bring the family to enjoy the outdoors and get “unplugged” at this free Family Day weekend event.

Sleigh rides, tobogganing, snow sculpture/snow painting, snowshoeing, bonfires and snacks.

Pre-registration is mandatory.  Fill out our registration form at Eventbrite

Gardening FUNdamentals Workshops

 Heritage Tomato & Pepper Seeding Workshops

Join Heritage Farm in this hands on Permaculture workshop where you will start 18 varieties of your own heritage tomato and pepper plants from seed. Whether you are new to gardening or an experienced Zone 2 grower, this workshop will show you the tips and tricks to grow your own garden transplants from seed, the cultural requirements to nurture them as well as transplanting tips. The workshop includes an introduction to Permaculture techniques, soil science and botany tips to help you grow organic food for your family.

Monday, March 25 Hythe Community Centre 6:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Register HERE

Tuesday, March 26 County Parks Shop 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Register HERE

Cost: $50.00 per participant includes all seeding supplies

Raised Bed Gardening Workshops

Join Heritage Farm in this hands on Permaculture workshop where you will learn how to grow your own food in our northern climate. Whether you are new to gardening or an experienced Zone 2 grower, this workshop will show you the tips and tricks to help with a successful harvest. The workshop includes hands on instructions on building your own raised beds, an introduction to Permaculture techniques, soil science and the cultural requirements of raised bed gardening to grow organic food for your family. 

Monday, April 15 County Parks Shop 6:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Register HERE

Tuesday, April 16 Bezanson Hall 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Register HERE

Cost: $25.00 per person


Future Programs

Outdoor Safety FUNdamentals 
Be prepared for the backcountry. This FUNdamentals program includes AdventureSmart and BearSmart presentations where participants will learn about various outdoor safety practices including trip planning, travel and packing tips and how to minimize negative encounters with wildlife.

Exploring My Sense of Nature
Kids participating in this program will be encouraged to explore nature by tapping into their five senses (Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch, Hear) while participating in a variety of activities.  Participants will be encouraged to ‘tune out’ of distractions and focus inward to connect with the nature around them. 

Camping FUNdamentals
Discover the joy of camping and connect with nature in the introduction to camping program.  Participants will learn the basics on how to select a campsite, set up a tent, build and cook over a fire.

Snowshoe FUNdamentals Program
This program will introduce participants to the wonderful activity of snowshoeing.  Participants will learn about snowshoe equipment, the history of snowshoeing, basic snowshoe manoeuvres, how to recognize hazards, and have the opportunity to meet new people

For more information on the County's Recreation Programs, contact the Recreation Program Coordinator at 780-532-9727 or parksandrecreation@countygp.ab.ca.