Vermilion Provincial Park
|Vermilion Provincial Park|
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
|Location||County of Vermilion River, Alberta, Canada|
|Established||May 29, 1953|
|Governing body||Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation,
MV Camp Operations
Vermilion Provincial Park is a provincial park located in east-central Alberta, Canada, in the County of Vermilion River. It is located on the outskirts of the town of Vermilion which is at the junction of Highways 16 (Yellowhead) and 41 (Buffalo Trail), between Edmonton and Lloydminster.
The park was first constructed in the early 1950s, and opened to the public on May 29, 1953. One of the key features of the park is that the Vermilion River was dammed to create an artificial lake (the 6.3 km long Vermilion Park Lake).
The environmental setting includes aspen parkland and prairie grassland biomes, with wildlife such as white-tailed deer, red fox, Franklin's ground squirrels, porcupines, ruffed grouse, harriers, red-tailed hawks, short-eared owls, Canada geese, great blue herons, American bitterns, common ducks, mink, muskrats, beavers, coyotes, Sprague's pipits and savannah and vesper sparrows.
The park is open year round, but is only staffed during the summer (from May 15 to September 15).
There are also a number of trails for cross-country skiing in winter, and horseback riding and hiking during summer. 5 km of paved paths can be used for rollerblading and biking. Named trails in the park include Wild Rose Trail, Cathedral Trail, Fescue Trail, and Lakeside Trail.
A year-round campground with all amenities is located in Vermilion, and overnight camping is permitted at the CN Station and three other campgrounds. Several additional day use areas (one featuring a baseball diamond) are found in the park. A golf course is found in Vermilion, and a mini golf course is within the park limits.
The old CNR station has been relocated to the park as well an old CNR caboose on display near the station.
- Alberta Community Development - Park description