Notikewin Provincial Park is located at the confluence of the Peace River and the Notikewin River in Northern Alberta. It is the northernmost provincial park in Alberta – and one of the largest spanning about 119km2. The provincial park is named after the Cree word for battle: Notikewin. In the 1700s, the Beaver Tribe and the Cree Tribe fought many battles in the area that today is the park. The Battle River House was a trading post built by the Hudsons Bay Company east of the mouth of the Notikewin River.
Summer at Notikewin
In the summertime, visitors to Notikewin can do all kinds of river-related activities. There is places to launch canoes/kayaks and the river is great for fishing (lots of walleye and northern pike). Visitors are allowed to launch power boats onto the river, although the landing area is undeveloped which limits the boats to the smaller variety. On land, there is unserviced camping, hiking, mountain biking, and bird watching opportunities (sandhill cranes and several raptor species).
Winter at Notikewin
In the wintertime, there is cross country skiing through the park. Stargazing at Notikewin Provincial Park is popular due to both its northerly location and far distance from any major urban areas.
Camping at Notikewin
There is one small campground at Notikewin Provincial Park. Camping is only available in the summertime.
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Day Use at Notikewin
Notikewin has 2 day use areas available for guests:
- Notikewin Shore – The Notikewin Shore day use area is located on the northern areas of Notikewin Provincial Park. There is a place to hand launch boats as well as fish cleaning stations. South of the day use area, visitors can still see the remains of cabins built in the 1920s by trappers.
- Notikewin Hilltop – The Notikewin Hilltop day use area is a scenic viewpoint overlooking the river valley. You could use this area for a picnic quite easily.
Distances to Alberta Cities
Distance to Calgary: 920km
Distance to Edmonton: 654km
Distance to Red Deer: 774km
Distance to Lethbridge: 1125km
Distance to Grande Prairie: 325km
Coordinates: 57°17’17.6″N 117°09’12.9″W