Camrose Urban Park System

Mirror Lake Park:

Camrose takes pride in our exceptional surroundings and extensive natural outdoor spaces and trails right in the centre of the city.     An early objective of the Camrose Urban Parks Committee was to ensure that the urban park development would provide a year-round facility.   The Bill Fowler Visitor Information Centre was built in the heart of the park, adjacent to Mirror Lake which was already the site of numerous summer and winter activities.   The area contains a children’s playground surrounded by several picnic tables, washroom facilities, a seasonal ice cream castle, and is the starting point of  the paved walking trail (3 km) around the lake.    The park is always full of people of all ages busy enjoying themselves in all kinds of weather.  Distance of the Mirror Lake Loop  2.2 km; Walking time 32 minutes

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Sledding/Tobogganing Information

For a safer outdoor winter experience, the Community Services Department has established two ‘safe sled hills’ for sledding and tobogganing. These hills are fenced, signed, have proper outruns, and straw bales in place to identify the sledding area.

The two areas are:

Jubilee Park (47 Avenue & 50 Street) has a light that turns on at 4:30 pm and turns off at 10:30 pm

Grand Drive Park (West of 58 Street on the South side of Grand Drive)  does not have a light

We discourage use of any other areas for safety reasons.

For more information call Community Services at 780.672.9195.

Swans:

2016 swans on Mirror Lake are teenagers and will not next for four years.   The male is one of the cygnets that hatched in Camrose in 2015.  The trumpet pair are mostly seen north of 48 ave in front of the Bill Fowler Visitor Information Centre and Ukranian church; or on the south side by the fountain.   Polish mute pairs are located in Duggan Park Lake.    For more: see swan history under Mirror Lake & Park.

Walking Trails:

Mirror Lake provides the focal point of over 36 km of interconnected, paved multi-use trails and shale passages allowing residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy activities during all four seasons.  A variety of wildlife species inhabit the area.  Camrose Urban Parks Trail system map  is available at www.camrose .ca/trails

Jubilee Park :

Developed during Alberta’s Jubilee celebrations, Jubilee Park is the city’s main family and group picnic area – with washrooms, a huge children’s playground and outdoor gym, and picnic shelters.  47 Ave. and 52 St.  Distance of the Jubilee Park Loop is 0.9 km/ walking time 14 minutes.

Bullrush Park:

This walking trail loops naturally around portions of the Camrose Golf Course, and golfers often have to combat the swans who think a wayward golf ball hiding in the reeds is too close to their territory.    The trails in this area are groomed in the winter months for groomed cross- country skiing and also used as a winter off-leash dog park.  Distance 0.7 km; walking time 11 minutes.

Stoney Creek Park:

Stoney Creek Park is a natural area running from 44 Avenue south to the city limits.   The park offers an outstanding natural setting for walkers, skiers, runners and bikers to enjoy the habitat and lifestyle of many different birds and animals.  Thanks to  the Rotary Club of Camrose,  the Camrose Ski Club and other very active and dedicated volunteers, what was once a dumping ground for former agriculture and coal mining activities, was turned into an outstanding nature preserve and recreation resource.    Stoney Creek Loop Distance  4.1 km; walking time 62 minutes.

Cross Country Trail System:

In the Spring, summer, and fall the cross country trails in the Stoney Creek Valley offer walking, running, and biking opportunities in a beautiful outdoor environment.  In winter, this premier trail system is dedicated to the sports of cross country skiing and biathlon.   The groomed trails offer  some of the best and most challenging cross-country ski trails in Alberta.  The area has fielded  several international competitions.    All ski disciplines are accommodated in the park;  with the cross country/biathlon trail system recognized as world-class caliber.

Throughout the City, several parks contain special runs  for safe  tobogganing fun.    Mirror Lake is cleared and flooded for outdoor skating, and several community skating rinks are developed for the winter.

Camrose Ski Club:

Founded in 1911 by Scandinavian settlers with the name of Fram Ski Club, the Camrose Ski Club is one of the oldest in Canada.   In the early days, jumping was the event the drew the crowds as Stoney Creek Valley filled with up to 3,000 people coming to watch the “daring Norwegian flyers.”   The Camrose Ski Club has produced several high -level athletes.  Today the club has running, mountain biking, road biking, triathlon and snow boarding, in addition to the traditional cross country skiing, biathlon, and luge programs.  For more information visit www.camroseskiclub.com

Rotary Fountain:

The Rotary Club of Camrose has a long history of beautifying the Stoney Creek Valley, starting with the purchase  and maintenance of the first fountain in the 1970s.  In 2015 the club turned the new replacement fountain with colored lighting, over to the City of Camrose for maintenance.  The Rotary fountain is operational from May long weekend to the end of September every year, and can be viewed on the main drive (Hwy 13 / 48 Ave) through Camrose,  on the South side of Mirror Lake.

A major Naturescape project was started in 2007, by researching the history, plants and animals of the area in order to enhance an interpretive centre.   Volunteers continue each year  expanding  the gardens and nurturing the local perennials.

 Camrose Wildlife Stewardship Society:

The Camrose Wildlife Stewardship Society has  goals to increase people’s awareness and understanding of wildlife and greenspace and  to ensure wildlife and greenspace concerns are considered in planning and management.  Join them for the  weekly summer environmental education programs at 7 pm on Thursday evenings at the Stoney Creek Centre from the end of May through to the beginning of August.   They cover interesting topics such as butterflies, alien species, mushrooms, and naturescaping.   More information at www.camrose.ca/168/wildlife-greenspace-stewardship.