Nestled in a picturesque valley is the town of Beaverlodge.
With a community of over 2300 people, Beaverlodge has experienced steady growth over the past decade. The agricultural, forestry, and oil and gas sectors have all contributed to the town’s prosperity. Today, Beaverlodge is the largest town in the County and is the service and medical Centre for the entire west side of the County with a full complement of doctors, a dentist, and a hospital and pharmacy as well as other health and wellness practitioners. The town boasts a new indoor pool and fitness Centre, ice arena, curling rink, agricultural barns and gymkhana grounds, tennis courts, ball diamonds and several playgrounds.
Opposite the Cultural Centre and tourist information Centre, visitors can view the magnificent cultural roadside attraction in the form of Canada’s national animal, the beaver. The sculpture stands 17 feet tall by 28 feet long and weighs 3000 pounds. The town manages and operates the Pioneer Campground, featuring the original Lower Beaverlodge School, one of the first schools of the area. The building was restored and relocated to the campground. Our campground is an excellent stopping spot on the “best” route to Alaska. We have a total of 29 sites with 10 sites that offer full service and power hook-ups available at each stall, a washroom and shower facility are located in our beautiful log camp shelter, which has a lovely covered cooking/picnic area. A dumping station is located on the northeast corner of the campground. The campground opens around May 1st with power service, and water available after the risk of freezing passes. The campground closes for the season mid-October weather pending.
Just West of Beaverlodge, the South Peace Centennial Museum is a must see! It is the largest — and only working — steam powered farm equipment museum in Alberta. Pioneer Days on the third Sunday in July is very special: it features all the working steam-powered equipment, antique cars and trucks, and musical entertainment in keeping with the agricultural theme.
Tourists may also visit the Pacific Regeneration Technologies tree nursery, the only PRT facility in Alberta. The greenhouses cover seven acres and produce eleven million seedlings of pine and spruce. The Agriculture Canada Research Farm (started in 1916 by farmer William Albright) is now the Canadian Centre for the management and production of bees and honey (apiculture). It is also the most northerly agricultural research station in North America and is open to the public for tours. Appointments only phone 780-354-2212. Saskatoon Mountain Natural Area, north at Huallen, accessed off Highway 43, offers one of the most spectacular views of the south and the west portions of the County. Visitors can explore over 2200 acres for bird watching, hiking, picnicking, and cross country skiing. To view the Elmworth gas basin area, turn right onto Secondary Highway 722, south from Beaverlodge and then Highway 667 to take in some spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. At Red Willow River crossing be sure to visit the lovely Red Willow Market Gardens with its excellent produce, local crafts sales and tea room. Nearby Red Willow Park is a day-use picnic site with washrooms and kitchen shelter.