About Antelope Hill
Antelope Hill Provincial Park is a 3.8 square kilometer park located in east-central Alberta. The park was established in 2014 after the land was donated to Alberta Parks by Gottlob Schmidt who owned the property that his family built their ranching operation on in 1933. Until the late 1990s, the land was used for raising purebred Hereford cattle by the Schmidt family. After Schmitty retired, he moved to Hanna, Alberta but continued to spend most of his days on his former homestead. Unfortunately, Gottlob Schmidt passed in 2018 but his donation was intended for future Albertans could also enjoy the wildlife and prairie grassland as much as his family did!
The park is primarily prairie grasslands consist of low shrubs, cacti species, and various grasses. The low areas are wetlands containing plants such as willows, sedges, and cattails. Dowling lake to the west of the property is recognized as an important bird area making the area a good bird watching spot.
Summer at Antelope Hill
Antelope Hill Provincial Park is managed as a ‘low impact’ recreation zone meaning that activities will leave the park in as close to its natural state as possible. For this reason, there is no hunting, camping, or off road vehicles allowed at all in the park. The park has been developed with purpose of hiking in mind and offers visitors with some unique hiked through Alberta’s prairie grasslands.
Winter at Antelope Hill
Winter activities are the same as summer activities.
Camping at Antelope Hill
There is no camping available at Antelope Hill Provincial Park due to its low impact land management objectives.
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Day Use at Antelope Hill
The day use at Antelope Hill is a parking lot providing access to the trails through the park. It contains outhouses, and hiking trails.
Distances to Alberta Cities
Distance to Calgary: 229km
Distance to Edmonton: 285km
Distance to Red Deer: 189km
Distance to Lethbridge: 287km
Distance to Grande Prairie: 743km
Coordinates: 51°43’43.4″N 111°56’21.7″W
Alberta Parks (2014). Antelope Hill Provincial Park Fact Sheet. [online] Alberta Parks. Available at: https://www.albertaparks.ca/media/5788002/antelope-hill-pp-fact-sheet.pdf [Accessed 12 Feb. 2023].