Outdoor Activities in Sturgeon County

Outdoor Activities in Sturgeon County

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Create memories by getting outside with friends and family in Sturgeon County.

Sturgeon County is fortunate to have vast natural beauty accessible to everyone. Whether it’s outdoor skating in the winter or taking advantage of the various walking trails in the summer, there are options for persons of all ages and activity levels.

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Sturgeon County Skating Trail

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Lace up your skates, grab your hot chocolate and come experience Sturgeon County’s first outdoor skating trail.

More magical than your average outdoor rink, this winter wonderland provides the unique opportunity to skate on a natural surface under the lights in the natural beauty of our backyard.

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Surrounded by lights, the unique 375-metre natural ice surface is for all ages. The Sturgeon Skating Trail  and parking can be accessed from Cardiff Park Road.

The trail winds through the trees in a full loop, making it accessible for new and experienced skaters. The trail is open daily until 10:00 p.m. Visitors are asked to properly distance, as per Alberta Health Services guidelines.

  • Trail Length: .4km
  • Trail Surface: Ice
  • Trail Grade: Easy
  • Hours of Operation: Daily until 10:00 pm

General Information:
The skating trail is a natural ice surface and injuries can happen due to natural/unnatural hazards such as uneven surfaces, cracks in the ice, holes, rocks, weather/ice conditions and other skaters. Trail may be closed due to poor conditions or weather. Ice is checked daily. Although Sturgeon County maintains the skating surfaces, please thoroughly check the ice before you skate, as this is an unsupervised area. Skaters use these surfaces at their own risk.

Riverlot 56 Cross-Country Ski Trails

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Thanks to a partnership between Sturgeon County, the City of St. Albert, and the St. Albert Nordic Ski Club, there are now more than 9 kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails for residents and visitors to explore. The new trails in Sturgeon County, which extend from the edge of Riverlot 56 towards Bellerose Drive and Starkey Road, more than doubles what had previously been available within the City of St. Albert.

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Trail Access and Parking:

The trails are accessible from Riverlot 56 or from the Bellrose River Walk. Parking is available in Kingswood Park, the baseball diamonds on Sturgeon Road, or off Bellerose Drive by Villa Drive. Note that parking may be limited and parking lots often fill up quickly. There is no access to the trails from the golf course parking lot and parking is not permitted in River's Gate.

Trail grooming and maintenance:

The St. Albert Nordic Ski Club is responsible for the provision and grooming of cross-country ski trails including snow-resurfacing and track setting, as well as testing the thickness of the Sturgeon River to ensure safety of the river crossing.

Users of the trail are asked to comply with the following:

  • Stay on the groomed trails shown on the map.
  • Keep trails free of garbage.
  • Respect adjacent landowners.
  • Stay off the river except at groomed crossings.

Cardiff Park & Pond

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Cardiff offers a 160 acre regional park situated on several historic coal mine sites. Cardiff Park is a day use park with single family and group picnic sites, picnic shelters, stand-up bbq's and fire pits. Three playground structures are in this park and other features include horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, softball/slowpitch diamonds and full size soccer pitches. Cardiff Lake, situated within the park, is a local fishing hole for trout and perch. Walk or bike ride on the five km "red ribbon" trail system and in the winter enjoy cross country skiing.

Echo Glen Park

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Echo Glen Park offers 2 km of natural walking trail along the Sturgeon River Valley. Echo Glen Park offers a picnic area with outdoor cooking stoves and a fish pond that is stocked annually with trout.

Redwater Provincial Recreation Area

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Redwater Provincial Recreation Area offers snowmobiling in the winter and summer activities feature geocaching, OHV riding on-site (designated trails), hiking and hunting.

Bellerose Park Trail

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The Bellerose Trail is filled with scenic views along the Sturgeon River Valley among natural wildlife habitats.

Trail Length: 1.9km
Trail Surface: Paved
Trail Grade: Easy, Hills

Red Ribbon Trail

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The Red Ribbon Trail is located in Cardiff Park, situated on 160 acres of several historic coal mine sites.

Trail Length: 5km
Trail Surface: Shale
Trail Grade: Easy, Hills

Fort Augustus Trail

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The trail parallels Lamoureux Drive through the Fort Augustus hamlet with beautiful views of the river valley which is part of the Victoria Trail and Athabasca Landing Trail.

Trail Length: 1.1km
Trail Surface: Gravel
Trail Grade: Easy, Hills

Lamoureux Trail

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Lamoureux Trail parallels Lamoureux Drive through the Lamoureux hamlet with spectacular views of the rivervalley which is part of the Victoria Trail and Athabasca Landing Trail.

Trail Length: 1.8km
Trail Surface: Paved
Trail Grade: Easy,Hills

On December 23, 2020, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, signed Order 44-20, which helps clarify the use of outdoor rinks and outdoor group physical activity, including hockey, and other concerns brought forward by municipalities.

Section 38(2) provides additional clarity, and states “…a person may participate in an outdoor group physical activity consisting of less than 10 persons if a minimum physical distance of 2 metres between all participants is maintained at all times.”

More information about Sturgeon County's pandemic response is available at sturgeoncounty.ca/COVID-19