A park on the Peace… Dunvegan? Pratt’s Landing? Cotillion? There’s another one, much less known here in the Alberta Peace: Blackfoot Park.
Blackfoot Park is about 50 km north of Dawson Creek on the road to Rolla. There is a steep and scenic, winding road into the Peace River valley through poplar forest, and it meets the River at Clayhurst Crossing. This, as at Dunvegan, was a ferry crossing replaced by a bridge. Along the river beside the bridge is the park, a rustic clearing but one equipped with fire pits, picnic tables, horseshoe pits and outhouses. Solitude in nature is the biggest attraction of Blackfoot Park.
The bridge is a steel and concrete structure spanning a narrower section of the river. It is named the Don Phillips Bridge in honour of a former MLA for the Peace River South district. There is another bridge spanning a creek on the north side of the Peace. It is much smaller but perhaps more appealing to photographers.
The river at Blackfoot Park is yet another beautiful stretch of the mighty Peace River. The shoreline is ever changing and well supplied with gravel and sand. It’s a great spot to collect rocks, stroll up the shore and even make a sand castle. It’s all one really needs to relax on a late summer afternoon, with the possible addition of a lawn chair and a good book.
If you know of a great Peace Country retreat, hurry up and send it in for the Summer Fun category before summer is gone! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your input is always appreciated 🙂