The Strathcona Science Park is the only Provincial park in the River Valley Alliance park system. Over the past century, this area has... more » been home to a number of coal mines, a gravel extraction pit and finally a lanfill before becoming a provincial park in 1980.
As part of Alberta's 75th Anniversary in 1980, the Alberta Heritage Fund invested $40 million in today's dollars to create the park. It consisted of six main buildings showcasing the park's rich heritage of settlement of over 4000 years. The buildings hosted displays of the different artifacts that were unearthed here. In the south end of the park, there is a wooden trail which was built in order for the public to observe archeoligists at work.
Currently, the Park has been left as a natural area with the buildings closed to the public since 1993. Sunridge Ski Hill occupies the northern most building and runs a small ski operation. In 1987, a tornado tore through the Park, leaving a trail of destruction in the trees, but left the buildings largely unharmed.
This is a quick stroll from the parking lot through the middle of the four plex of buildings that used to operate on this site. One building is currently occupied and the others are vacant, however none are open to the public. When the park was active, the different building used to host displays of the various archelogical features of the park. Even though the park is not in active use, the centre part is a very pleasant area and there are many picnic tables nearby. It is an interesting walk through history and an easy walk for people all abilities. less «