Known as the portal to the peace, the small community of Valleyview is located 350km north of the capital Edmonton and just 115 km east of the city of Grande Prairie. Valleyview is home to an important crossroads that can lead the traveler to either Canada’s northern adventure via Highway 49 and the Mackenzie Highway or West towards the Alaska Highway. These highways provide perfect access to to places such as the Northwest Territories or if you head West to Dawson Creek, northeastern British Columbia, the Yukon, and of course Alaska.
With a population of around 2000 people Valleyview has seen a quite a change since it became a town.
First discovered in the late 1800’s, the first visitors discovered and established the area to exchange goods for furs. With the trading becoming very successful the Hudson’s Bay company established a post on Sturgeon Lake. In 1900 the area was surveyed for a possible settlement but little would be developed until 1916 when the first pioneers settled in the nearby area due to the richness of soil for farming. By 1929 Valleyview would see it’s first post office opened within the community.
With a trading area of approximately 5000 and a population of just under 2000 Valleyview continues to prosper thanks in large part to agriculture and the oil and gas industry.
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The town of Valleyview is home to a handful of small schools. Oscar Adolphson Primary is for students in grades K to 3, Harry Gray Elementary is home to students in grades 4 to 6 and Hillside Junior and Senior High is for students in grades 7 to 12. The town is also home to St. Stephen’s Catholic School which offers classes for grades Kindergarten to grade 9.
The biggest recreational attraction is found at the local arena which is named the Polar Palace. The arena was once home to the Valleyview Jets, a senior hockey team that last competed in the North Peace Hockey League. Today, the Jets live in through minor hockey clubs that play throughout the winter at the rink. Located next door is the curling rink, which has regular bonspiels throughout the season, and the local swimming pool. All three facilities sit on the same grounds and on a beautiful day in the Peace you can enjoy the Legion picnic area and water park.
Nearby Sturgeon Lake provides a great setting for outdoor activities in the spring, summer, and fall months. Two provincial parks are situated on the shores of Sturgeon, Young’s Point Provincial Park and Williamson Provincial park. Inside both parks you can enjoy beaches, boating, and fishing.
Real Estate in Valleyview and the town’s lifestyle
Albeit a smaller community Valleyview sees a lot of visitors throughout the year because of it’s proximity to major highways 43 and 49. The town has seen small growth over the past 5 to 10 years and can provide every amenity for families looking to move there. Parks, playgrounds, and numerous recreational facilities help handle the entertainment within the town. Valleyview also has a local grocery store and it can boast it is home to one of Canada’s nicest washrooms following national exposure to the local Shell station when it won a contest for being recognized as owning one of the cleanest and best decorated washrooms in all of Canada.
With access to beautiful Sturgeon lake, Valleyview can become a perfect place for those looking to enjoy small town lifestyle.
If you’re looking for more information on homes for sale within the town of Valleyview then feel free to contact me by email or phone, 780-518-1567. I can help guide you through the sales process of finding a home in Valleyview or Sturgeon Lake and ensure that every aspect is covered and the negotiation goes as smoothly as possible.