Buckle up for a road-trip to the Mighty Peace. Offering a range of activities — from camping and river kayaking, to day hiking and horse trekking — the riverside region just north-east of Grande Prairie, Alberta, has plenty to keep your group happy. For those looking to merely relax with a book or a cup of coffee, you’ll find an abundance of “Peace” and quiet tucked away in the area’s campgrounds, cabins, and day areas.
Peace River Cabins offers full-service lodging as well as unique teepee and wall-tent style camping. They offer much more than just accommodation – you might consider testing out your paddling skills by booking a guided or self-guided kayak tour of the Peace River.
For a different riverside option, check out Dunvegan Campground, available for summer camping. This is a great location to check out Fort Dunvegan, which was established in 1805 by the North West Company. Experience history through buildings and stories of Indigenous, fur trade and mission life that historic interpreters are waiting to share with you.
If you’re looking for more leisurely activities, you may opt for visiting a local fruit and vegetable farm: Bridgeview Gardens. Snack on your “u-pick” strawberries while you continue along the Shaftesbury Trail into the town of Peace River. Once there, we recommend you check out the Twelve foot Davis statue, depicting a famous fur trader who struck it rich during the Cariboo Gold Rush.
A trip to the Peace is never complete without a ride across the river itself, courtesy of the area’s tugboat ferry service! The Shaftesbury Ferry consistently transports both vehicles and foot passengers across the river from spring through fall and is free to ride.
Stop by Paradis Valley Honey in Watino, a family-owned apiary. They recently opened a warm, welcoming café featuring treats, coffee and other beverages, plus a viewing window into the honey extraction facility.
The prehistoric Kleksun Hill, just 15 minutes up the highway, is considered Alberta’s northernmost badlands. The area dates back to the age of the dinosaurs and features diverse prairie vegetation as well as heritage buildings all ready for exploration!