Exploring Alberta’s Provincial Parks: Big Knife

About Big Knife

Big Knife Provincial Park is a small provincial park located in Paintearth No. 18 County in central Alberta. It was established in 1962 at the confluence of the Battle River with the Big Knife Creek. The park was named in honour of a battle between two aboriginals known as Big Man and Knife in which they fought and killed one another.

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Summer at Big Knife

In the summertime at Big Knife Provincial Park, visitors can camp, hike, geocache, play horseshoes or volleyball. Hiking up the Lowland Trail will bring visitors to the Big Knife Hoodoos. Water Activities include power boating, fishing, and canoeing/kayaking. Wildlife viewing is also a popular activity at Big Knife provincial park and the lucky viewer may see deer, moose, coyotes, and various bird species.

Winter at Big Knife

In the wintertime, Big Knife Provincial Park is a popular place for fat biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing on ungroomed trails. The park as a whole is much less accessible in the wintertime.

Camping at Big Knife

Big Knife Provincial Park has one campground which contains both walk in tenting sites and unserviced traditional sites. Camping is summer only.

Type of SiteAmount AvailableCost/Night*
Walk In Tenting11$30.00
Unserviced Campsites40$30.00
This data is accurate as of 2023 *Payment must be exact cash or cheque

Day Use at Big Knife

There is one day use area at Big Knife Provincial Park that has firepits, water, and a playground. This is a good place to enjoy a picnic for an afternoon.


Distances to Alberta Cities

Distance to Calgary: 294km

Distance to Edmonton: 189km

Distance to Red Deer: 151km

Distance to Lethbridge: 385km

Distance to Grande Prairie: 648km

Coordinates: 52°29’27.5″N 112°12’47.9″W

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