Southview Provincial Recreation Area

Central Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

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Southview Provincial Recreation Area


  • View over the Smoky River Valley.- Southview Provincial Recreation Area
  • Short trail to the viewpoint.- Southview Provincial Recreation Area
  • Secluded picnic table in the woods at Southview.- Southview Provincial Recreation Area
  • Picnic tables and fire ring at Southview.- Southview Provincial Recreation Area
  • Southview makes an easy roadside rest area for all types of vehicles.- Southview Provincial Recreation Area
  • Fire rings with grates for public use.- Southview Provincial Recreation Area
  • Toilet and trash facilities at Southview.- Southview Provincial Recreation Area
  • There are no designated sites, but there is plenty of space to put up tents.- Southview Provincial Recreation Area
  • The area is not large, but it is adequate for several vehicles.- Southview Provincial Recreation Area
Overview + Weather
Free. Easy. Roadside stop.
Small area. Small sites.
Central Rocky Mountain Foothills, AL
Managed by: 
Alberta Parks
Occasionally full
Pets allowed: 
Maximum trailer length: 
12.00 m (39.37 ft)
Year round: 
Open from: 
December 31
Parking Pass: 
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall, Summer
Reservations possible: 
Total number of sites: 
Current Local Weather:
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When making the long journey along AB-40, Southview makes a convenient rest stop just north of Grande Cache. It is a small recreation area tucked in the trees just off the highway. Amenities offered are picnic tables, fire rings with grates, toilets, and trash cans. A large gravel lot with a turnaround can accommodate several large vehicles at a time. This is technically a day use area, not a campground, but overnight parking is allowed, and use is free of charge. Please treat the area with respect; clean up after yourself and your pets. You may encounter any of Alberta's wildlife in the area, so use caution.

Southview is really nothing more than a place to stretch the legs and rest from the road, without much else to do. A short walk into the woods does reveal a nice view, though. A gap in the trees reveals a vista of the Smoky River Gorge, which the highway parallels but is hard to glimpse from anywhere on the road. Southview is generally open year round but may close or become inaccessible in bad weather.

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