Thursday, 20 September 2012

O'Brien Park, Grande Prairie, AB

This year we have been absolutely blessed with beautiful weather, which has allowed us to check out many wonderful places in and around our area of northern Alberta. (Canada)  Today we decided to go above and beyond our normal walk and headed down to one of my favourites spots, O'Brien Park. It is only about a 20 minute drive for us, and we get to submerge ourselves into a forrest!  Today was the first time my daughter got to bring her bike, as it is her first time there since removing her training wheels.  She found the ride a little bumpy, as there are tree roots on the path, but once I referred to it as her first real biking adventure, she had a blast!

I have yet to get to the end of the trail, but assume at some point there is an ending.  Having said that, it sure is a great place to let the dogs experience a world beyond their backyard.  However, due to it being a provincial park, dogs are required to be on leash.

 One of my favourite parts about this park is that most days there are very few to no other people there, so you feel like you are fa FAR from town, so it is great when you need a little breather from city life.

Most of the trail system is only a stone throw away from the river valley, which is quite spectacular especially at this time of year when all the leaves are in different stages.

There is a day use area with tons of picnic tables and fire pits.  Some along the river, and others further in amongst a field. (which would be the safer place for those people with younger children)  Today we brought a snack, so my daughter wanted to do a quick picnic after our walk/bike ride.

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