Things to Do - Sport Venues & Outdoor Amenities

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 County of Barrhead - 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. See the top five things to do in the County of Barrhead.
 
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 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 golf 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 Golf & Recreation Center, just north off of 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. 

Barrhead Agrena
Barrhead Agrena

Situated in the Town of Barrhead at 5607 47 Street, 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 
  • Concession 
  • Dressing rooms 
  • Press booth 
  • washrooms 
  • Charles Godberson Rotary Room (multi-purpose room) 
  • Walking track
For more information, please call Town of Barrhead Parks & Recreation at 780-674-2532.


Barrhead Curling Rink Barrhead Curling Rink 

Barrhead Curling Rink is located in the Town of Barrhead, and offers: 
  • 4 sheets of ice 
  • Shack bar 
  • Licensed lounge with ice level viewing 
For more information, please call 780-674-2944 or visit the Barrhead Curling Club's Facebook page.


Barrhead Regional Aquatics Center
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 has partnered with the Town of Barrhead to support the new Aquatics Centre.   
 
The 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 Town of Barrhead Parks & Recreation at 780-674-2532 or email recreation@barrhead.ca
 

Blue Heron Bowl 
 
Blue Heron Bowl is located in the Town of Barrhead adjacent to the agrena, aquatics center, and sports grounds.  Blue Heron Bowl offers: 
  • 8 lane bowling alley 
  • Shoe rental
  • Snack bar 
  • Licensed lounge 
  • Lockers 
  • League play 
  • Neon bowling 
For further information, call 780-674-2828.
 

Pickleball
Barrhead Pickleball Club
 
The Barrhead Pickleball winter venue is the Barrhead High School Gym (click here for directions), and during the summer months (May through September) the club meets at the Barrhead tennis courts. 
 
Winter schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
Summer schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
 
For further information, please call: 
  • Dennis Lafleur: 780-975-9990
  • Lori Bandola: 780-305-4385
  • Roxanne Schmidt: 780-333-8945
Klondike Park
Klondike Park 
 
Klondike Park is a day-use area located on the north side of Lac La Nonne.  This park offers:
  • Sheltered picnic area
  • Boat launch 
  • Outhouses
  • 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.
 
 
 

Barrhead Spray Park
Barrhead Splash Park 

Barrhead Splash Park is located across from the dog park in the Town of Barrhead at 5401 54 Ave.  This is a seasonal splash park with water features, rubber flooring, and swings for all ages. Includes washroom facilities, covered picnic areas, and playground. 
 
Operating daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
 
For further information, call Town of Barrhead Park & Recreation at 780-674-2532.
 
 
 

Holmes Crossing
Holmes Crossing Sandhills Ecological Reserve 
 
Created in May 1999, the Holmes Crossing Sandhills Ecological Reserve provides an area for non-motorized activity (including equestrian) and eliminate conflicts with summer motorized users.  This reserve contains some of the best (and one of the few) examples of transverse sand dunes in Canada. The dunes are stabilized with jack pine-lichen forests, and there are a number of small lakes within the Reserve.

Camping permitted, on a random-camping basis, with no developed sites.
  • Campsites and fires must be at least 1 km from a Recreation Area, Provincial Park or roadway
  • Off-highway Vehicles (OHV) are NOT permitted
  • Hiking trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Geocaching
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Alberta hunting regulations apply (Hunting is not permitted in Provincial Recreation Areas (PRAs)
  • Alberta fishing regulations apply
Find more information on the Holmes Crossing Sandhills Ecological Reserve on the Alberta Parks Website, or on the Alberta Environment & Parks Website.  For Park Information call Alberta Parks at 780-960-8170, or Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) Regional Whitecourt Office at 1-780-778-7153.
 

Klondike Trail - sing
Klondike Trail 
 
This section of trail was originally built in 1824-25 as a portage trail to connect the North Saskatchewan and Athabasca Rivers, and was revived as a section of the Klondike Trail running from Edmonton to Dawson City during the gold rush of 1897-98.  While parts of the trail still exist, very little of it is open to the public.  One private landowner has graciously opened up the portion of the Klondike Trail found between Lac La Nonne and the Pembina River, off of Secondary Highway 651 to hikers.  This section is only about 3 km long, a tiny portion of this former long distance trail.  

 
(GPS Coordinates: 53.977744705372025, -114.34348824394516)
 

Barrhead Area Trail System Map  
(click on map for larger view) 
 
With any outdoor adventure, encountering wildlife is an increased risk. 
 
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: 
For outdoor recreation bear safety tips for anglers, campers, hikers and mountain bikers, click here
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batt Traps
Batt Traps Recreation Center 

Batt Traps Recreation Center is located 26 km north of the Town of Barrhead, near Camp Creek.  Spend the weekend golfing and ATVing all in one place! 
 
Batt Traps Rec Center amenities: 
  • 32 power camping sites 
  • 60 sites without power 
  • Golf 
  • Cart and golf club rentals 
  • ATV trails
  • Firewood 
  • Dump site 
  • Outdoor washroom 
  • Horseshoe pit
For more information and reservations, please call Margarete Battenfelder at 780-584-2344.


B.U.M.P. Off-Road Motorsports Park
 
Located 20 km southeast of the Town of Barrhead, this area offers everything for the off-road enthusiast.  Motocross tracks and trails, camping, and enjoying wildlife.  All skill levels of rider are welcome!

For more information, call 780-318-BUMP (2867).
 
 

 
Vega Sand Hills
Timeu Creek OHV Recreation Area
(also known as Vega Sandhills) 
 
Vega is located within the County of Barrhead on Highway 661 approximately 31 km north of Barrhead. 
 
This recreation area is an excellent place for families to camp, hike, and ride horses and ATVs.  It is home to many native species of shrubs, trees, and animals. 
 
This location can be access by the Klondyke Ferry that crosses the Athabasca River. This ferry is one of the few remaining cable driven ferries in Alberta.  The wide transmission line right of way acts as the main corridor into the sandhills area. There are numerous trails that branch off, taking you on a tour of the varying terrain.  Note: Use at your own risk, as there are no trail maps.  It is recommended to go with someone who is familiar with the area, or take a GPS. 
Barrhead Golf Club 

The Barrhead Golf Club is situated five miles southwest of Barrhead.  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. 
 
Amenities: 
  • 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. 
 

Paddle River Golf Course
Paddle River Golf & Country Club
 
Paddle River Golf and Country Club is located within the Town of Barrhead, and offers:  
  • 9 holes 
  • Power and pull cart rental
  • Golf club rentals 
  • Grass greens 
  • Mature trees 
  • Driving range 
  • Putting green 
  • Clubhouse and patio restaurant
  • Lockers 
  • Club rentals
  • Certified club repair shop  
For more information please call 780-674-5059 or visit the website at www.paddlerivergolf.com
 
 

Batt Traps Recreation Center 

Batt Traps Recreation Center is located 26 km north of the Town of Barrhead, near Camp Creek.  
Spend the weekend golfing and ATVing all in one place! 
 
Batt Traps Rec Center amenities: 
  • 32 power camping sites 
  • 60 sites without power 
  • Golf 
  • Cart and golf club rentals 
  • ATV trails
  • Firewood 
  • Dump site 
  • Outdoor washroom 
  • Horseshoe pit
For more information and reservations, please call Margarete Battenfelder at 780-584-2344.

Misty Ridge Ski Hill
Misty Ridge Ski Hill 

Misty Ridge Ski Hill is located in the County of Barrhead on Range Road 44A and Township Road 622, and features:
  • Downhill skiing 
  • Snowboarding 
  • 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 their website at www.mistyridgeskihill.com, or check the Misty Ridge Facebook page
Boneyard OCR Compound
The Boneyard Compound 

The Boneyard OCR Compound hosts obstacle racing, with trails wide enough for multiple racers.  Elevation changes are fully incorporated and feature obstacles to challenge multiple fitness levels with a single event. The Boneyard Compound is over 160 acres and contains 6 km, 12 km, 18 km and 24 km courses.   
 
The Boneyard Compound features:
  • Enduro, strength and technique events 
  • Obstacle courses
  • Relay races 
  • Yoga
  • Camping, glamping and room rentals 
  • Trail walks Bonfires 
  • Catered meals
For more information, view upcoming events and online booking, please visit the website at www.boneyardocr.com, or email run@boneyardocr.com.