Grande Prairie, Alberta : Muskoseepi Park
Peace Country, Northern Alberta, Canada
Muskoseepi Park is the main public and activity park located in the community of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada in the Peace Country region of Northern Alberta. The park runs north-south through the centre of the community protecting the Bear Creek corridor and the western shoreline of Crystal Lake.
Muskoseepi Park measures 405 hectares and is divided into 6 sections - Bear Creek North, Bear Creek Reservoir, Centennial Park, Bear Creek Corridor, Bear Creek South and Crystal Lake. All of Muskoseepi Park is connected via a 20 kilometre network of paved and gravel trails, wooden foot bridges and some side streets.
Bear Creek North is the most rugged and the least developed section of the park. The Bear Creek Reservoir section of Muskoseepi Park measures about 14 hectares and includes a 3 kilometre loop trail with viewpoints, a canoe launch and picnic areas.
Centennial Park is the main point of access, for many, to Muskoseepi Park. It is home to most of the amenities in Muskoseepi Park including an outdoor pool, picnic tables, sightseeing benches, picnic shelters, tennis courts, beach volleyball area, lawn bowling, large playground, skateboard park, horseshoe pits, a museum and a pavilion with a concession, change rooms, meeting rooms, and washrooms.
Bear Creek Corridor is a wilderness section of the park which enters a canyon like valley of trees often visited by wildlife like deer and even moose. This section of the park is spotted with some picnic areas and viewing benches. It is a popular section for activities like hiking, jogging, rollerblading and biking in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter.
Bear Creek South measures 200 hectares and is another wilderness section of the park with over 9 kilometres of trails to explore. This section of the park includes a picnic day use area, baseball diamonds and an off leash dog park. The trails are designated as cross country ski routes in the winter.
Crystal Lake is a prairie wetland park popular for birdwatching located east of the Bear Creek portion of Muskoseepi Park. The lake is directly in line with migrating flyways and, therefore, is a protected nesting and mating ground for many species of birds, most notably Trumpeter Swans.
How to Get to Muskoseepi Park:
Muskoseepi Park is accessed from many side streets in the community of Grande Prairie. Centennial Park is the main access point in the community. Travel to 100 Street in the community of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. From 100th Street turn west on to 102 Avenue. Continue on 102 until 102 Street. There is an entrance to a parking lot for Centennial Park on the corner of 102 Avenue and 102 Street.