Exploring Alberta’s Provincial Parks: Strathcona Science

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About Strathcona Science

Strathcona Science Provincial Park is located in the greater Edmonton region between Edmonton and Strathcona just west of Anthony Henday Drive. The park is located in the North Saskatchewan River valley and stretches across both banks of the river. The park covers about 2.9 square kilometers of the valley. The park was established in 1979 to protect the area from Edmonton’s development.

This is one of Alberta’s few urban Provincial Parks with the others being: Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park (Edmonton), Fish Creek Provincial Park (Calgary), and Canmore Nordic Center Provincial Park (Canmore).

The park has a histoircal significance as it was the site of an annual aboriginal camp because of its location between the river (used for trade) and the steep bluffs which made for excellent bison hunting opportunities.

The park is also home to the Sunridge Ski Hill which provides downhill skiing opportunities outside the Canadian Rockies. Similar ski areas in Alberta would be Canyon Ski Area in Red Deer, and Winsport (Canada Olympic Park) in Calgary.

The park is also home to one of Alberta’s few radio-controlled aircraft flying range.

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Summer at Strathcona Science

Strathcona Science Provincial Park is a popular location for Edmontonians looking to enjoy a little bit of nature, right inside the city. There is lots of geocaching, hiking, mountain biking, and trail running opportunities in the park. It is connected to the rest of Edmonton’s trail system and directly to Rundle Park by a pedestrian bridge over the river.

Model Aviation Field

The Strathcona Remote Control Flyers Association operates a grass strip of runway in the Strathcona Science Park so that users can operate their remote control aircraft. There is a membership requirement to use the aviation facilities.

Winter at Strathcona Science

Skiing (both cross country and downhill), and tobogganing are popular wintertime activities at Strathcona Science Provincial Park. There is also the Biathlon Center in the park operated by the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club.

Sunridge Ski Area

The Sunridge Ski Area is one of several non-mountain ski areas in Alberta. Edmontonians frequent the hill in the winter to get their skiing needs covered without a trip to the Rockies. They offer lessons, season passes, and terrain parks. The park offers 6 lifts, and several skill levels ranging between novice (green) and expert (black diamond).

Camping at Strathcona Science

There is no camping opportunities at Strathcona Science Provincial Park.

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Day Use at Strathcona Science

There is one designated Day Use Area at Strathcona Science Provincial Park.


Distances to Alberta Cities

Distance to Calgary: 313km

Distance to Edmonton: 13km (city center)

Distance to Red Deer: 165km

Distance to Lethbridge: 516km

Distance to Grande Prairie: 467km

Coordinates: 53°33’44.0″N 113°22’08.8″W

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