Open Year-round
No
Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall
Summer

Congestion

Occasionally full

Parking Pass

None

Open from

December 31

Pros

Free. Easy. Roadside stop.

Cons

Small area. Small sites.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Alberta Parks

Features

Family friendly
Vault toilet
Picnic tables

Access

Vehicle

Total number of sites

5

Maximum trailer length

39.37 ft (12.00 m)

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Central Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

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