Lacombe County is home to a number of parks, trails and public spaces for everyone to enjoy (Click on the image below for a larger image). If you encounter any issues with our parks, please contact us at 403-782-8379, or report it through the myLacombeCounty app.
Located on the east side of Gull Lake, Anderson Park is a unique recreation area that includes a playground with swings and slide, a junior paleontology dig site, musical play instruments, basketball court, beach volleyball, walking trails, a 9 hole disc golf course, gazebo and pollinator gardens. The property is 26 acres and was donated by Mr. Jack Anderson to the county for the space to be used for recreational and natural amenities.
Kuhnen Natural Area
The Kuhnen Natural Area, found along the north bank of the Red Deer River, is one of the newest additions to the County’s inventory of parks and natural spaces. The 65 acres of forested land offers lookout points onto the river valley and a trail that leads down to the water. This is also the second piece of land that the Kuhnen family has generously donated to the County. Like with the Kuhnen Park (found just north of Blackfalds), the family has donated the land to provide an area for public enjoyment and to conserve the area’s natural beauty.
The Kuhnen Natural Area is located south of Alix and is accessed off of Range Road 23-0, south of Highway 11.
Kuhnen Natural Area Location Map
Kuhnen Park is ideally located adjacent to the Trans Canada on the east and Lacombe Lake to the north, it boasts 6.3 km of nature trails that wind their way through the forest. The property was donated to Lacombe County in 2014 by Frank and Rosalie Kuhnen. The intent of the donation was to ensure that this beautiful land would be kept as a natural area for public enjoyment today and in the future.
Kuhnen Park is located North of Blackfalds on Hwy 2A (follow the signs to the park).
JJ Collett Provincial Natural Area Foundation located in rural central Alberta near the hamlet of Morningside, consists of 635 acres of Aspen Parkland underlain by ancient sand dunes. Over 18 km of maintained trails wind through a mosaic of shrub lands, aspen groves, stands of white spruce on moist shady hillsides, wetlands and grassy meadows typical of the area. The JJ Collett Natural Area Foundation was established in 1985, as a provincial volunteer steward group to help preserve, maintain and provide environmental education for this ecologically diverse habitat.
In the center of the Hamlet is a multi-use recreation facility that provides skateboarding, basketball, outdoor skating and a recently upgraded playground. In the south, you will find the Mirror campground as well as a recently upgraded ball diamond.
The land of the NOVA Chemicals Community Nature Trail has never been tilled for agricultural use and vegetation includes native grasses, willow, bush, poplar and aspen stands. The area also supports wetlands and has natural drainage channels to Jones Creek. The wetlands and vegetation offer a great habitat for birds and other wildlife. The new stormwater management system built as part of NOVA Chemicals’ rail yard expansion to the west of this area enhances the wetland / habitat capability. The trail system provides an excellent opportunity for people to connect with nature and learn about local wildlife and plants — as well as the area’s history.
The Hamlet of Joffre Outdoor Rink is a joint effort between Lacombe County and NOVA Chemicals this amenity provides outdoor skating in the winter as well as basketball in the summer.
Ray’s Pond is stocked yearly by the Alberta Conservation Association with trout and features a day use area with parking, bathroom, picnic tables, park benches, dock and boardwalk.
Located on the west side of Gull Lake the Sandy Point Beach includes a large public beach complete with washroom and shower facilities as well as a public boat launch, sand volleyball courts, and a playground.
The land for the Mary & Cliff Soper Natural Area was donated by the Sopers in early 2017. Cliff, a Lacombe County Councillor from 2001 – 2013, was passionate about the environment and about creating natural spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy. The gifted land is approximately 25 acres, and is located east of Blackfalds. It will remain in its natural state and it will be open to the public for passive recreational purposes. Lacombe County has constructed a parking area for the Mary & Cliff Soper Natural Area leading to trails for everyone to enjoy.
A partnership between Lacombe County and the Summer Village of Sunbreaker Cove with the intention of improving access on Sylvan Lake with this boat launch and day use area upgraded to accommodate more and varied users.
The TransCanada Trail is a non-profit, registered charity. Their mission is to promote and assist in the development and use of the Trail in every province and territory.
Today, over 18,000 kilometres of Trail have been developed. Once fully connected, the Trail will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, linking Canadians in close to 1,000 communities.
Lacombe County’s contribution to this vast trail network comes in two parts. The first section stretches 8 km between the City of Lacombe and the Town of Blackfalds winding its way through farmland, around Lacombe Lake and past Kuhnen Park. The second section is 2 km from the Town of Blackfalds south to the Blindman River where a pedestrian bridge and the Blindman River Day Use Area has been constructed to link with Red Deer County.
The Tees pond is a stream fed, stocked trout pond, that includes a day use area with parking, a bathroom, picnic tables and park benches.