Awesome Alberta: Dive into the past at Historic Dunvegan Park (PHOTOS)

Jul 30 2019, 4:07 am

Historic Dunvegan National Park is a powerhouse of rich history and natural beauty located along the north bank of the Peace River.

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Nationally designated as a provincial historic resource, the park’s heritage value lies in its connection to the operations of the North West Company and Hudson’s Bay Company in the Peace River District that thrived between 1877 to 1878.

The site is bursting with stories about Indigenous peoples, the fur trade, and Christian missionary life. In addition, the park is full of natural beauty; visitors have several opportunities to hike, canoe, and picnic along the majestic Peace River.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from Albertaparks.ca and AdventureSmart.

Always remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife. Parks Canada visitor guidelines are available here — and please note that irresponsibly-taken selfies (even if they look great for the ’gram) can be fatal.

 

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Where is it?

Dunvegan Provincial Park and Historic Dunvegan are a provincial park and a provincial historic site of Alberta located together on one site, named collectively as the Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park.

They are located in Dunvegan, at the crossing of Peace River and Highway 2, between Rycroft and Fairview, in northern Alberta.

 

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How do you get there?

Located on the banks of the Mighty Peace River just off Highway 2, the park is 90 km north of Grande Prairie in Alberta, 26 km south of Fairview.

It is quite the skip and hop from Calgary at around seven hours and 40 minutes away, but it’s more than worth tacking on as part of a grand Alberta road trip.

You can either just visit for the day, or enjoy an overnight camping trip along the lush banks of Peace River.

 

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What’s there?

The park is home to Historic Dunvegan, a provincial historic site that features a Hudson’s Bay Company Factor’s House and St. Charles Church.

All these sites feature guided tours so visitors can learn more about the fur trade, First Nations, and missionaries.

Well-spaced sites are also nestled in the forest near the Peace River for those who want to spend an overnight trip in the park. Visitors who are coming in only for a day can explore the historic site, wander riverside trails, or take a canoe on the river and go fishing.

 

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