Strathcona Science Provincial Park

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Strathcona Science Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Strathcona Science Provincial Park
Location of Strathcona Science Provincial Park in Alberta
Location Edmonton / Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
Nearest city Edmonton
Coordinates 53°33′39″N 113°23′2″W / 53.56083°N 113.38389°W / 53.56083; -113.38389Coordinates: 53°33′39″N 113°23′2″W / 53.56083°N 113.38389°W / 53.56083; -113.38389
Area 2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Established December 12, 1979
Governing body Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation

Strathcona Science Provincial Park is a provincial park in Alberta, Canada, located between Edmonton and Sherwood Park, south of the Yellowhead Highway and west of Highway 216.

The park is situated in the North Saskatchewan River valley, on both banks of the river, at an elevation of 625 m (2,051 ft) and has a surface of 2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi). It was established on December 12, 1979 and is maintained by Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation.

This site was for thousands of years the site of an annual aboriginal camp, as it was located close enough to the river for transportation and trade and the bluffs of the river valley provided excellent bison-hunting opportunities. The park was established to preserve the site from encroaching industrial development. It was the site of archeological excavations in 1978 to 1980.[1]

The park contains several abandoned interpretive buildings opened by the Alberta government in 1980 but now shuttered. Remnants of the park's history as a public science center include tiled triangular obelisks, a boardwalk through the archaeological area, and a few interpretive plaques. The area is safe but overgrown.[2][3]

Activities[edit]

The following activities are available in the park:[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://openlibrary.org/b/OL2751267M/Strathcona_site_(FjPi-29)_excavations_1978_1979_and_1980
  2. ^ River Valley Alliance. "Getting Out in the River Valley". Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  3. ^ Goyette, Linda; Carolina Jakeway Roemmich (2004). Edmonton in Our Own Words. University of Alberta Press. p. 10. ISBN 0-88864-428-0. 
  4. ^ Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreation. "Activities in Strathcona Science Provincial Park". Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  5. ^ Strathcona Remote Control Flyers Association. "Where is SRCFA". Retrieved 2011-08-07. 

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