A Peaceful Retreat in Northern Alberta

Enjoy serene lakes, beautiful nature hikes and forestland as far as the eye can see in Saddle Hills County.

Eight hours northwest of Calgary, along the southern banks of the Peace River, is Saddle Hills County — an Alberta municipality rich in farmland, forests, creeks and lakes, and home to many communities full of heart.

The county boasts profitable agricultural communities, but its pastoral landscapes also offer a sense of tranquility. Serene nature abounds in Saddle Hills County, making it the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. There’s a reason it’s called the Peace Country.  

“Nothing gives you more strength, inspiration and peace than having nature around. The Peace Country is full of magnificent corners, everything makes you feel a part of this nature,” says resident Anna Richard. 

Nature’s paradise

Made up of lush forestry boasting golden hues in the autumn, ample lakes for summer swims and hiking trails to enjoy year-round, Saddle Hill County is worth the visit, no matter the season. 

“I love the kaleidoscope of new colours that comes with the changing seasons here in Saddle Hills County and the Peace Region. Each season has its own unique beauty and breathtaking views,” affirms resident Jo Ann Edey.

It’s the region’s notable outdoor qualities that make for a great trip including its long-standing landmarks such as the Rim Rocks — historic rock formations where you can find fossils and enjoy expansive forest views from its ridge. For those who love hunting and fishing, a peaceful experience in nature is an easy reach, too. Shell True North Pond is an annually stocked pond where fishermen can spend the day catching trout, soaking up the stillness of the county. 

Saddle Hills County is also a prime big game hunting location where locals and visitors alike can hunt elk and bear. In fact, it’s home to a variety of wild animal species. When you pay the county a visit, you might just spot animals like foxes, otters, bald eagles and wolves. For those looking to hike among the wildlife, lakes and streams, Moonshine Lake Loop is an easy and popular 2.7-kilometre trail.

During the winter months, significant snow cover across the region means pristine cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Toboggan lovers can slide down Saddle Hills County Slopes and downhill ski enthusiasts can shred Spring Lake Ski Hill. 

Outdoor lovers can truly enjoy the landscapes of the county whether it be snow-covered, a sea of brilliant yellow with flowering canola fields or ablaze with dazzling autumn colours — just ask the folks who know Saddle Hill best. “I love the peace and quiet,” says resident Kayleigh Mattison. “The area is so beautiful, especially during farming season when all the canola fields are in full bloom.”

Sunny summer events

While Saddle Hill County puts on events throughout the year, festival-loving Calgarians might consider adding a road trip up north to spice up their summer. Not to be missed is the Bonanza Annual Mud Bogs & Fair — an exciting off-road vehicle showdown through muddy trenches. Perfect for families, the Music in the Park festival in Cotillion Park offers live music and supper while the Savanna Agricultural Society’s Annual Fair provides an array of activities for all ages including rodeo events and tractor pulls. It’s sure to entertain, and you’ll be able to eat and dance the day and night away.

When it comes to planning your restful Saddle Hills getaway, don’t be rushed to get home. Stay a few nights in one of the county’s four campgrounds so you can really slow down and take in the beauty of the county. The county is well-equipped for a peaceful retreat with its general stores, cozy restaurants and retail boutiques. Or, you can just take in the natural surroundings and do nothing. All you need for a bit of solitude and fun awaits in Saddle Hills County. 

To learn more, visit saddlehills.ab.ca.


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