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With the pandemic still ongoing, the safest activities are those you can do outdoors. Luckily, Stony Plain, Alberta is home to plenty of beautiful parks to enjoy. From the calming Japanese gardens of Shikaoi Park to the rugged trails at Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area, check out this list of the top four parks to visit in Stony Plain.
Rotary Park is a favourite among locals. This Stony Plain park is ideal for families. There is a scenic pond with a bridge in the middle, a newly built playground, and plenty of green space to have a picnic.
Shikaoi Park is Stony Plain’s very own Japanese garden and park. The park honours the friendship between Stony Plain, Alberta and its sister city, Shikaoi, Japan. The park has a calming garden with a pond and is filled with lots of flowers. It is conveniently located in the centre of town, and has several spots to relax, including multiple benches and even a gazebo.
For a more natural park in Stony Plain, look no further than Willow Park Natural Area. This park is a natural urban reserve in the middle of a forest. Visitors will find plenty of walking and cycling trails (a total of over 150 metres, to be exact), as well as a diverse range of flora and fauna.
Just 15 minutes north of Stony Plain lies a true hidden gem: Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area. Although slightly further away than the other three parks on this list, it is well worth the drive. Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area sits on over 480 acres of woodland and boasts more than 14 kilometres of walking trails. There are lakes and forests in the area, which are home to a wide range of wildlife, such as moose, deer, and beavers. Popular activities in the park are hiking, cycling, and horseback riding in the summer, and cross country skiing in the winter.
If you plan on exploring Stony Plain’s beautiful parks then you’ll want to book a room at the Ramada by Wyndham Stony Plain Hotel & Suites. A short distance from some of the best parks in the area, we combine quality accommodation and family-friendly amenities with a convenient location.