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Welcome to Muskoseepi Park!

Muskoseepi Park PavilionMuskoseepi Park is composed of many areas and runs through the heart of our City of Grande Prairie.

Operations of Muskoseepi Park are run out of the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion.

Muskoseepi... 

is a Cree word meaning Bear Creek. Muskoseepi Park reveals the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of our region. The park features over 1100 acres of parkland with six distinct areas offering their own special opportunities. Created by the Heritage Trust Fund, Muskoseepi Park opened to the public in 1986 in order to preserve the land and offer a variety of activities for the community members and tourists of Grande Prairie.

Park History

The site of the heart of the park, the Centennial Park area, has been a gathering place for the region from before pioneer days. The First Nations People often gathered at "Moccasin Flats" on Bear Creek. As Grande Prairie's settlement grew, a small town developed on and around the site. In 1967 Centennial Park was created to commemorate Canada's 100th birthday. It quickly became a focal point for community activities and events. From the enthusiastic efforts of early citizens through to the contributions of many committee groups, the Urban Park Program was one more step to ensuring Grande Prairie residents have easy access to significant areas of open space and developed leisure and recreation opportunities. The concept for Muskoseepi Park was created in 1980 when the Provincial Government of Alberta announced that funding for the development of urban parks in Grande Prairie and several other communities was available through the Heritage Trust Fund. A steering committee was formed and the citizens of Grande Prairie were given opportunities for planning input. Muskoseepi Park was officially opened on July 6, 1986. Since then we have continued to improve our facilities. The tennis courts have been resurfaced and the outdoor pool upgraded. In 1999 we replaced playground equipment and added a climbing wall. In 1999 we also opened our skateboard park, which as been a tremendously popular addition to the park.

Discover the opportunities awaiting you...

Muskoseepi ParkWalk through the wilderness setting of Bear Creek Valley, explore the past in the Grande Prairie Museum, enjoy a family picnic or just relax in this all-season park.

We Offer:

Summer Activities

  • Fishing in the Pond: The pond at Muskoseepi Park Pavilion is stocked with trout each May. Fishing is free. According to Alberta Fish & Wildlife regulations, anyone under the age of 16 or 65 years and older can fish without a license. You are required to have a fishing license if you are between these ages. Maximum catch is three fish per day – catch and release is encouraged. No live bait please.
  • Hiking Trails: In-line skating, biking and running on the Park trail system. Pick up a map at the Pavilion.
  • Picnic Areas: are available throughout the Park on a first come basis. Firepits are located at the picnic area just south of Centre 2000Fire By-laws apply – check before burning. Please keep gas or propane barbecues in picnic areas.

Winter Activities

  • Skating Pond: Muskoseepi Park Skating Pond is open to the public at no cost. It is a hockey-free rink to ensure a safe environment for all Park users. We do not rent skates.  NO HOCKEY or HOCKEY EQUIPMENT is permitted on the Pond at any time. Winter
  • Snowshoe Rentals: We have children and adult sized snowshoes for rent at Muskoseepi Park Pavilion. They can be used in the Park or taken off-site. $4/pair per day; or $30/group (7+people). Group bookings must be made in advance.  Contact us at the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion to make a booking.
  • Sliding Hills: Swanavon Thrill Hill (88 Avenue/102 Street) and west of the Pavilion at Borstad Hill. Please keep safety in mind!
  • Cross-Country Skiing: Trail maps are available at the Pavilion. Muskoseepi Park does not rent skiing equipment.

Facilities & Attractions

Location

The entrance to Muskoseepi Park can be found at 102nd Street and 102nd Avenue.

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Bear Creek

The Early Years: Always viewed as a recreational area, ski
ski jumps (1920s), walking paths, good fishing and swimming
holes.

Muskoseepi

Cree words, "Muskwa Seepeesis", Bear River.

Development

October, 1980, Provincial Government announced the
development of an Urban Park in Grande Prairie.

Cost

11.1 million dollars, Heritage Fund.

Operational Cost

$600 000 per year

Size

1100 acres, North of reservoir to Bear Creek South

Areas

Bear Creek North - no development; wilderness

Bear Creek Reservoir - This man made lake has a boat launch for recreational use.  Individuals can launch private canoes, kayaks and paddle boats from this area.  The area also has picnic sites, trails and the Rotary
campground.

Please note there are no Boats available for rent from the City. 

Centennial Park - centrally located, the Pavilion (10 000 sq. feet,
interpretive displays and programs, concession,
meeting room, washrooms, special events)
Grande Prairie Museum, tennis courts, playground,
spray deck, 25m outdoor pool, lawn bowling
fishing pond (500 trout, fishing for under 16, over
65) skating in the winter, mini golf, amphitheatre.

Bear Creek Corridor - link north and south, assortment of paved and
unpaved trails


Trail System - 15 Km asphalt, 5 Km gravel, 7 Km wilderness.

Bear Creek South (1987) - aspen forest area, 9 ball diamonds, picnic area and
and shelter (with showers), concession, 4 beach
volleyball nets, 3 soccer pitches, 9 hole pitch and
put, 2 campgrounds, sani-dump, go cart track. 

Crystal Lake (1987) - Northeast corner - refuge for migrating waterfowl,
interpretive center, wildlife blinds, dock, washrooms.

Last updated: 11/30/2018 4:35:37 PM