County of Barrrhead - Your Adventure Playground
The County of Barrhead recognizes how important recreation is to the social and physical health of its residents. We work to provide top-notch recreation facilities and programs to meet the communities needs and contribute funds to the Town of Barrhead for shared recreation facilities.
With the County encompassing parts of the Boreal Forest, Natural Sandhills Ecological area, as well as three rivers and many lakes, there are many activities for outdoor enthusiasts. There are a variety of community and cultural events offered in the Town and County, including a minor mixed ball program, summer fun programs, trips, anniversaries, and fireworks. There are many urban and rural parks, as well as a paved walking trail that meanders through the Town and County along the scenic Paddle River.
The County of Barrhead's hidden gems might be sights first seen, but they will keep you coming back for more. Five (5) Highlights of Things to Do in the County can be viewed here.
There are many lakes and camp facilities, available at Thunder Lake, Clear Lake, Dolberg Lake, Peanut Lake, Elks Beach, the Klondyke Ferry Crossing, and the Barrhead Golf & Recreation Area. See the County Parks and Campground and Private Campgrounds page for details.
We are well known for our local golf courses, the Barrhead Golf Club which has an 18-hole championship course, driving range and practice greens, RV and camp sites, full lounge and restaurant, and pro-shop. The Paddle River course is a 9-hole course with lounge, restaurant, and pro-shop. We also have a 9-hole golf course and OHV park, Batt Traps, just north off highway 33. During the winter, Misty Ridge Ski Hill offers downhill and cross country skiing and snowboarding, equipment rentals, outdoor skating rink, and a heated chalet with concession for those who wish to relax indoors while the family plays!
There are many active local special interest clubs, from 4-H to quilting to the Art Club. For more information, please call our office at 780-674-3331.
See below for further information regarding County of Barrhead and area sport venues and outdoor amenities.
Batt Traps Rec Center
Batt Traps Rec Center is located 26 kms north of the Town of Barrhead within the County of Barrhead near Camp Creek. Get directions>>
Spend the weekend golfing and ATVing all in one place!
Batt Traps Rec Center amenities:
- 32 power camping sites
- 60 sites without power
- Cart and golf club rentals
- ATV trails
- Dump site
- Outdoor washroom
- Horseshoe pit
For more information and reservations, please call Margarete Battenfeld at 780-584-2344.
Situated in the Town of Barrhead at 5607 47 Street. Get directions>>
The Barrhead Agrena includes:
- Indoor ice surface
- Outdoor ice surface (winter months)
- Bleachers (1,431 capacity)
- On floor, chairs only (1,200 capacity)
- Wheelchair accessible
- Cargo/wheelchair elevator
- Dressing rooms
- Press booth
- Charles Godberson Rotary Room (multi-purpose room)
- Walking track
For more information, please call 780-674-2532.
Barrhead Curling Rink
Barrhead Curling Rink is located in the Town of Barrhead. Get directions>>
Barrhead Curling Rink features:
- 4 sheets of ice
- Shack bar
- Licensed lounge with ice level viewing
This facility doubles as an indoor mini golf course during the summer months from approximately the middle of May until the beginning of September. Come and play 9 or 18 holes of mini golf. Call the Recreation Department for more information at 780-674-3532.
For more information, please call 780-674-2944 or visit the Barrhead Curling Clubs Facebook page.
Barrhead Golf Club
The Barrhead Golf Club is situated five miles southwest of Barrhead. Get directions>>
This 18-hole championship course was designed by the renowned Canadian golfer, Les Furber.
Barrhead Golf Club has been included in Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play" and is remarked as a must stop for all Central Alberta golf enthusiasts.
- 18-hole championship course
- Grass greens
- Driving range
- Practice Green
- Pro shop
- Licensed restaurant and lounge
- Club and cart rentals
- Tournament booking available
- CPGA professional
- CPGA golf instruction
- Full service RV camping
For more information, please contact the the Barrhead Golf Club at 780-674-3053 or visit the website at www.golfbarrhead.com
Barrhead Splash Park
Barrhead Splash Park is located across from the dog park in the Town of Barrhead at 5401 54 Ave. Directions here>>
Barrhead Spray Park is a seasonal playground with water features, rubber flooring, and swings for all ages. Includes washroom facilities and covered picnic areas.
Operating daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For further information, please call the Recreation Department at 780-674-2532.
Barrhead Regional Aquatics Center
Newly constructed in 2017, the Barrhead Regional Aquatics Centre is designed for full access by the community, for all ages and abilities. The County is in partnership with the Town of Barrhead to support the new Aquatics Centre which is located in the Town at 5609 47 Street. Directions here>>
Barrhead Regional Aquatics Center features:
- 6-lane competition pool
- Zero depth entry pool
- Splash pool
- 20 person hot tub
- 20 person steam room
- Lazy river (therapeutic and low impact strength training)
- Kiddy pool / splash area
- Handicap accessible
- Many programs, lessons and fitness schedules
For further information, please call 780-674-2532 or email email@example.com
Blue Heron Bowl
Blue Heron Bowl is located in the Town of Barrhead adjacent to the sports ground. Get directions>>
- 8 lane bowling alley
- Shoe rental
- Snack bar
- Licensed lounge
- League play
- Neon bowling
For further information, please call 780-674-2828.
Holmes Crossing Sandhills Ecological Reserve
For Park Information call Alberta Parks at 780-960-8170
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP)
Regional Area Office - Whitecourt - 1-780-778-7153
Click here to visit the Alberta Parks Holmes Crossing Sandhills Ecological Reserve web page.
Click here to visit the Alberta Environment and Parks Holmes Crossing Public Use Zone map and web page.
Created in May 1999 to provide an area for non-motorized activity, including equestrian, and eliminate conflicts with summer motorized users. It contains some of the best (and one of the few occurrences of) transverse dunes in Canada. The dunes are stabilized with jack pine-lichen forests. There are also a number of small lakes on the Reserve.
Holmes Crossing Sandhills Ecological Reserve is 27 square kilometers (10.4 square miles)
Camping permitted (random, no developed sites)
• Campsites and fires must be at least 1 km from a Recreation Area, Provincial Park or a roadway
• Off-highway Vehicles (OHV) are NOT permitted
• Wildlife Viewing
• Cross Country Skiing
• Alberta hunting regulations apply (Hunting is not permitted in Provincial Recreation Areas (PRAs)
• Alberta fishing regulations apply
Klondike Park is a day-use area located on the north side of Lac La Nonne. Directions here>>
Klondike Park has the following amenities:
- Sheltered picnic area
- Boat launch
- Fish station
- Fire pit and seating area
The Lac La Nonne Enhancement and Protection Association (LEPA) received a 2019 Watershed Stewardship Grant to support their long-term goal of constructing an education center on an under utilized piece of lakefront property. The project consisted of transforming a parcel of unused land in Klondike Park, and bolstering community engagement and awareness of environmental and lake health concerns.
GPS Coordinates: 53.977744705372025, -114.34348824394516
To watch the YouTube video of Klondike Trail through Barrhead, click here.
The Boneyard Compound
The Boneyard OCR Compound is located within the County of Barrhead near Peanut Lake. Get directions>>
The Boneyard Compound features:
- Enduro, strength and technique events
- Obstacle courses
- Relay races
- Camping, glamping and room rentals
- Trail walks
- Catered meals
For more information, view upcoming events and online booking, please visit the website at www.boneyardocr.com
Misty Ridge Ski Hill
Misty Ridge Ski Hill is located in the County of Barrhead on Range Road 44A and Township Road 622. Get directions>>
Misty Ridge Ski Hill features:
- Downhill skiing
- Cross county ski trails
- Ski and snowboard rentals
- Licensed ski and snowboard instructions (groups or individual)
- Concession stand
- Certified ski patrol
For more information, please call 780-967-4242, visit the website at www.mistyridgeskihill.com or Misty Ridge Facebook page.
Paddle River Golf & Country Club
Paddle River Golf and Country Club is located within the Town of Barrhead limits. Get directions>>
Paddle River Golf and Country Club features:
- 9 holes
- Power and pull cart rental
- Golf club rentals
- Grass greens
- Mature trees
- Driving range
- Putting green
- Clubhouse and patio restaurant
- Club rentals
- Certified club repair shop
For more information please call 780-674-5059 or visit the website at www.paddlerivergolf.com
Trail System Map
(click on map for larger view)
BearSmart is a public awareness program for people visiting, living or working in bear territory.
To learn more about each topic, click on the titles below:
- BearSmart Safety Guide
- Alberta BearSmart Program Manual
- BearSmart Camping Strategies video
- How to Properly Use Bear Spray
For outdoor recreation bear safety tips for anglers, campers, hikers and mountain bikers, click here.
Vega Sand Hills
(also known as Timeu Creek OHV Recreation Area)
Vega is located within the County of Barrhead on Highway 661 approximately 31 kilometres north of Barrhead.
Vega is an excellent place for families to camp and is home to many native species of shrubs and trees. The sandy terrain is home to many insects and animals.
It is possible to walk, ride horses and all-terrain vehicles at the Vega Sand Hills. The wide transmission line right way acts as the main corridor to the sand hills area. There are numerous trails that branch off taking you on a tour of varying terrain.
Vega is nearby and is home to a local cafe, gas station and play ground.
This location is also home to the Klondike Ferry that crosses the Athabasca River. This ferry is one of the few remaining cable driven ferries in Alberta.
Note: Use at your own risk. There are no trail maps; therefore, it is recommended to go with someone who is familiar with the area or take a GPS.