This is one of the nicest walks in or around Grande Prairie. The views across the Bear Creek Reservoir to various landmark buildings give the park a picturesque quality reminiscent of great English parks or New York’s Central Park.
Start the walk at the Visitor Centre just off the Hwy 2 Bypass. Follow the paved trails along the eastern side of the reservoir then cross Bear Creek at the bridge to the Museum and Heritage Village. Walk between the Heritage Village and the creek until you regain the paved trail. Follow the trail past the College and through the Rotary Campground to the bridge back to the Visitor Centre and Sundail.
This park is one of the principal attractions of the Peace River Country. It is historically and culturally significant, scenically spectacular and has a great campground and visitor centre. The trail can be divided into two short 40 minute loops both starting at the visitor centre or do all 4.86 km at once in an hour and 20 minutes. The first loop starts at the visitor centre and heads downriver through the campground to Dunvegan Gardens. Take the short trail along the river to see hummingbirds and the enchanted garden near the entrance to Dunvegan Gardens. Return along the perimeter of the campground by the phone and dump station. Back at the Visitor Centre continue along the river, past St Charles Mission and the boat launch, under the Dunvegan Suspension Bridge (an Alberta Icon), past the Hudsons Bay Factor’s house to Maples Park. Return along the same route to the visitor centre. Click on the link at the end of this entry for more information from Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation.
One of the oldest fur trade and missionary posts in Alberta, Dunvegan Provincial Park includes a visitor centre, restored fort and mission buildings (St. Charles Mission church & rectory and factors house), river-side walking trails and spectacular views of the Peace River valley. The park is also the site of Alberta’s only suspension bridge. Historic site tours are available during summer months.