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Parks and Trails
Green space is at the centre of life in Drayton Valley. Parks and open spaces allow residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors, whether they’re relaxing after work or pursuing an active lifestyle. Our parks also have modern and safe playground equipment for children. Parks and open spaces afford the community an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors at a leisurely pace or while pursuing an active lifestyle. Drayton Valley has ten designated parks and playgrounds and five school playgrounds with top-of-the-line equipment. Many of the parks have beautiful gazebos, most are accessible from the walking paths and all of the parks are equipped with benches. For a wide variety of activities, from a leisurely picnic in the park or an energetic romp in the splash park on a warm summer’s day, Rotary Park is centrally located and provides an ideal gathering place
Fourteen kilometres of paved walking paths wind through the town’s parks, quiet residential areas and open spaces. The walking path is expanding as development progresses. It is an integral part of the town’s infrastructure development. The paths are lit, with benches along the way. Some walking paths lead into the Brazeau County countryside. Open spaces and parks are located throughout the town, so all residents can easily access them. The walking trails connect all of the parks to one another.
The Town of Drayton Valley has four ponds: the Ivan To Park, Southview Pond, Aspenview Pond and Park, and Northview Pond and Park. All are used in the winter for outdoor skating. Northview Pond is a popular toboggan hill in winter months.
There are beautiful trails open for year-round use for cycling, walking or running and ATV use in the summer and for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter. The trails range from less than 1 km to almost 3 km, so there’s a variety for everyone.
Trail riding is a relaxing way to get away from it all. Outfitters in the area would be pleased to take you on a customized horseback tour to see Drayton Valley’s beautiful surrounding scenery. The Riverside Horse Trails, operated by the Drayton Valley Horse Club, are groomed trails that meander along the banks of the Pembina River and through meadows of wildflowers. Staging areas and campsites are also available.
Monthly meetings of the Drayton Valley Horse Club are held on the first Tuesday of every month. The annual Trail Ride for Cancer is held on the first Sunday in May. On the third Sunday of June, the Drayton Valley Horse Club hosts the annual horse show. For more information contact Nancy Jacobs at 780-542-4339 or 780-542-0394.