A Park on the Peace

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 townspirit@hotmail.com.  Your input is always appreciated 🙂

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3 Responses to A Park on the Peace

  1. I didn’t know there was a bridge at the Clayhurst Ferry crossing. Well, thank goodness for that! Many years ago, we drove across the ice there in the middle of winter – a whole pile of kids in the back of a VW beetle, mother and older brother in the front, older brother driving. The ice cracked as we drove across, sending long splits shooting out from under the car. I was TERRIFIED, and rightly so. I’m really glad to hear there’s a bridge there. The irony of it all is that we were just out for a Sunday drive (risking our lives like a bunch of fools). It wasn’t as if we had to get to the other side for some important reason. I still shiver when I think of what might have happened.

    Sounds like they’ve fixed it all up really nicely.

  2. T.J. says:

    Thanks for the article! I never knew that there was another bridge on the Peace there. Got to go see.

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