Photos courtesy of Mighty Peace Tourism
436 km to Edmonton
Agriculture, forestry, oil & gas, retail and services
Approximately 6,842 residents
Kindergarten to grade 12 and adult learning opportunities
As you make your way across the prairies, the ground suddenly drops away as the mighty Peace River carves its way northward. The valley makes a deep cleft in the otherwise even ground, and the river flows nearly 1,000 feet below the flat surrounding terrain. At the confluence of Smoky River, Heart River, and Pat’s Creek, about a six hours’ drive northwest of Edmonton, is the Town of Peace River.
A twelve-foot statue of Henry Fuller Davis, or “12-Foot Davis,” a local historical figure oversees Riverfront Park, which hosts community activities throughout the year. Davis, who struck it rich on his twelve-foot claim during the Caribou Gold Rush, was an influential figure in the development of the town. The area’s history was also forged by local Indigenous peoples, explorers, fur traders, missionaries, and pioneers.
A peaceful, family-friendly community, with neighboring French-Canadian towns to the south and east, and German Mennonite and Hutterite farming communities to the north and northwest, Peace River itself has grown in multicultural energy and influences.
Available within the town is a range of sports, arts, and social activities for all ages year-round. There’s a recreation centre, yoga studio, and indoor pool with a water slide. Golf at one of three nine-hole courses or the 18-hole Mighty Peace Golf Club. The local ski hill, Misery Mountain, features 26 slopes for all skill levels, and wraps up the season with the annual “Slush Cup.”
Love hockey? Discover three local hockey leagues with teams for all ages – from the smallest skaters to an old timer’s league. Every march, the Alberta Pond Hockey Championships are held annually at Lac Cardinal as a qualifier the world championship.
There are plenty of ways to participate or enjoy the arts through annual festivals, such as visual arts, performing arts, and jazz, blues, and folk music through the underground music society or the local theatre troupe, Peace Players. Each summer, Peacefest brings a street fair, family-friendly activities, pancake breakfast, and musical acts from all across North America.
With the natural beauty of the river valley and the surrounding area, people in the Peace Region love to get outside. There are eight parks and natural areas to enjoy locally and another five within 100 kilometres. Camping, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding and riding ATVs are popular pastimes. You can take a ride across the Shaftsbury Ferry free of charge – bring a picnic to the park on the eastern landing. Don’t miss the annual jet boat races!