Camrose County is located in the East Central region of Alberta, with its northwestern boundary located about 40 kilometres southeast of Edmonton when travelling on Highway 21. From this point, the County covers an area approximately 128.5 km (80 miles) long from the north to south by 48.25 km (30 miles) wide. Within this area there is about 390,000 hectares of land classified as pasture, to very good arable soils throughout most of the district. This area is well known for its mixed farming attributes, as well as for its population of 7,577 people of mixed races originating from many different countries who live together in very harmonious and active communities.
Within the boundaries of the County are the City of Camrose, the Town of Bashaw and the Vlllages of Bittern Lake, Bawlf, Edberg, Ferintosh, Hay Lakes, New Norway and Rosalind as well as the hamlets of Armena, Braim, Duhamel, Kelsey, Kingman, Pelican Point, Meeting Creek, Ohaton, Round Hill and Tillicum Beach.
Camrose County offers many recreational opportunities: Miquelon Lake Provincial Park at the north end of the County, Tillicum Beach Park adjacent to Dried Meat Lake, just southeast of the City of Camrose and Pelican Point Park on the North shore of Buffalo Lake at the southern boundary of the County. There are numerous campsites in the hamlets and villages within the County. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy fishing for Northern Pike at Buffalo Lake and Dried Meat Lake. There are a number of challenging Golf Courses within the County of Camrose. Winter activities include groomed cross country ski trails at Miquelon Provincial Park, numerous snowmobile rallies throughout the county and outdoor skating is available at numerous village or hamlet skating rinks.
~ Courtesy of Camrose County
A few great parks in the Camrose County to explore:
Camrose County Nature Conservation Centre
– This site was purchased in 1989 from the Blatz and Gilroy Families with the plan to mine the gravel
– This park is called the Blatz Pit Reclamation Park Project because the gravel pit has been mined and then reclaimed as a day use area within the Camrose County
– It is the first Camrose County owned gravel pit that has been reclaimed as a natural conservation area
– Wildlife habitat
– Picnic Area: gazebo, fire pits, picnic tables
– Nature Trails: pedestrian bridge, gravelled trails, benches, observation deck
– Scuba Diving assembly area
– Designated swimming area
– Non-motorized Boating
– Boat Launch
– Fishing (pond stocked with trout)
– Day parking
– Washroom facilities
– Exit Camrose on Highway 13 East, and turn South on Highway 56 and drive 11.5km. Turn East on Twp. Rd. 452 (Heather Brae Hall Rd), driving for 8km. Turn left, immediately after the train tracks
– Exit Camrose on Highway 13 East, and drive 14.5km; Turn South on Green Grove Road (R.R. 184) and drive 8 km, Turn right on Twp. Rd. 452 and the Conservation Centre will be immediately to your right
Tillicum Beach Park
– Tillicum Beach Park is located on Dried Meat Lake, 1 km east of Camrose on Hwy 13 and 14 km south on Hwy 56
• 7 camping sites with power
• Registration is first come, first served.
o Payment is on the honour system.
o Camping fees are deposited in a self-registration vault
o Camping fees are $31.00 for powered sites per night
o Maximum length of continuous camping stay is 16 days at a time on the same camping site
• Coin Operated Showers
• Mesa shelter
• Garden Look-out
• Walking Trails
• Ball Diamond
• Day Use Area
• Fire Pits
• Boat Launch
• Fish Cleaning Stand
• Water tap
Pelican Point Park
– Pelican Point Park is located on Buffalo Lake, 10km east of Bashaw on Hwy 53 and 6km south.
• 58 sites – Some power sites available
• Caretaker/Manager on Site
• Day-use area
• Firewood – cost
• Fish cleaning stand
• Group camping available
• Horseshoe pits
• lnterpretive trail
• Picnic Tables
• Pier on site
• Public Phone
• Water pump
• Water tap
There are numerous other campgrounds and activities to explore in the Camrose County. Check out their website for more information.