Exploring Alberta’s Provincial Parks: Pembina River

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About Pembina River

Pembina River Provincial Park is located in northern Alberta west of Edmonton just off of the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16). It touches the town of Evansburg, Alberta to the west and Entwistle, Alberta to the south. The park was built along the Pembina River Valley between the towns. The park has unique 62m high gouges cut into the soft sandstone by glaciation.

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Summer at Pembina River

In the summertime, visitors love the river for cooling down. It is a popular swimming and tubing spot. Canoeing and kayaking are popular as well. You will also find fishers on the shores trying their luck at catching one of the many fish species in the river. Note that when tubing on the river, the river does not loop back into the park after the last sign telling visitors that they are leaving the exit area.

On land, there is designated camping, geocaching, group use, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, and front country camping.

Winter at Pembina River

During the winter – hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and photography are popular in the park.

Camping at Pembina River

Pembina River Provincial Park has one campground as well as a designated group use area.

CampgroundAmenitiesType of SiteAmount AvailableCost/Night
Pembina River Campground
(May 18 – September 18)
Firepits, firewood (for sale), flush toilets, interpretive viewpoint, pay phone, outhouses, playground, power hookups, sewage dump, showers, tap waterPower (15/30 amp)132$39.00
Group Camping
Pembina River Group Use
(May 18 – September 18)
Firepits, firewood, fish cleaning stations, pay phone, outhouses, tap waterUnserviced25 units$215/5 units + $31/ extra unit
Day Use:
This data is accurate as of 2023

Day Use at Pembina River

Pembina River Provincial Park has one day use area that is open between May 14 and September 8. This day use area would make for an excellent picnic as it has a cook shelter, firepits, firewood (sold), a pay phone, outhouses, playground, and a water pump.


Distances to Alberta Cities

Distance to Calgary: 358km

Distance to Edmonton: 105km

Distance to Red Deer: 210km

Distance to Lethbridge: 562km

Distance to Grande Prairie: 372km

Coordinates: 53°36’13.1″N 115°00’11.9″W

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