Living in rural Alberta’s Parkland County brings days filled with the beauty of Alberta's parkland and clear starry nights. Parkland County homeowners are surrounded by wildlife and natural areas year-round. The county has a population of over 30,000 people living in over 12,000 homes and country recreational properties.
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The area is neighboured by Leduc County to the South, Sturgeon & Lac Ste. Anne Counties to the North/North-West, and the City of Edmonton to the West. Communities in Parkland County are made up of safe neighbourhoods and country residential areas, many with high levels of community involvement and engagement. It’s close proximity to the City of Edmonton provides Parkland residents with easy access to metropolitan businesses, while the urbanized centres of Spruce Grove and Stony Plain provide quick access to daily amenities and services.
Featured Parkland County Communities
- City of Spruce GroveLocated 11 kilometres west of Edmonton, Spruce Grove is the largest urban centre within Parkland County. In addition to city-style services and amenities, Spruce Grove's real estate market is flourishing and caters to all types of home buyers needs and budgets.>> Learn More About Spruce Grove
- Town of Stony PlainKnown as "The Town with the Painted Past" because of its collection of beautiful painted murals in public spaces, the town of Stony Plain is located 25 minutes west of Edmonton on Highway 16A. The town acts as a regional service centre, and is both friendly and family-focused.>> Learn More About Stony Plain
Parkland County Parks & Recreation
Since the county is located in the heart of Alberta, there are many fantastic outdoor and recreational activities available to both Parkland residents and visitors. The Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area contains 14 kilometres of trails for walking, cycling, hiking, and winter cross-country skiing. Another must-see when living in Parkland County is the Devonian Botanic Gardens. Established in 1959, it consist of 190 acres of manicured gardens, woodland vegetation, and an extensive nature trail system. When visiting the Botanic Gardens in Parkland County, be sure to stop at the butterfly and cactus showhouses.
The natural beauty of Parkland County also extends to its bodies of water. Popular summer destinations for families include tubing down the Pembina River, both a scenic and safe adventure offered 78 kilometres west of Spruce Grove. If water adventures are your cup of tea, then head over to Wabamun Provincial Park or Jackfish Lake. During the summer, families flock to these parks for camping, hiking, tubing and water skiing.
A scenic park located north of Stony Plain, Chickahoo Lake Recreational Area is a popular spot for a family fishing, hiking or canoeing trip. In the winter, trails are groomed for cross-country skiing, and nature photographers love spending the day here with their cameras. There are some excellent interpretive trails here, and this is a fantastic spot for observing wildlife in its natural habitat.
Explore Parkland County and the Pembina River like you never have before by floating down the river on an inner tube. Located near Entwistle, this popular tubing trip is a great way to spend a hot summer day and a fantastic way to see local natural attractions, like the local 62 metre gorge created in the last ice age.Tube and life jacket rentals are available, as is a shuttle service so you don't have to worry about how you'll get back to your car at the end of the trip.
Parkland County School Division
A public school system, operating 21 schools in Parkland County, Spruce Grove, and Stony Plain including 6 elementary schools, 1 junior high school, 2 senior high schools, and 12 junior/elementary schools.
Evergreen Catholic Schools
For those families wanting Catholic-based education, the Evergreen Catholic School system operates five schools within Parkland County, and offers both academic and spiritual education.
Living Waters Christian Academy
An accredited independent Christian school located in Spruce Grove close to the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre. Integrates Alberta curriculum content with faith and biblical study.