Nature Conservation Centre
Camrose County Nature Conservation Centre
2016 Wedding at Camrose Nature Center of Troy and Kate Shepley
Photo credit: Mikaela Sloat Photography
The Nature Conservation Centre is a beautiful day use area in the southeast corner of Camrose County. This is a great place to watch birds, go for a walk, canoe, or even scuba dive. The pond is stocked with rainbow trout and a busy place for fisherman in the summer and winter. The picnic area has a gazebo and fire pits as well as a playground and washroom facilities.
So what do you like to do...?
It's all here
A full family experience!
How do you get here?
From Camrose travel 14.5 km east on Highway 13 to Green Grove Road then 8.5 km south to TWP 452
From Camrose travel 3.5 km east to Highway 56 and 11.5 km south on Highway 56 to HeatherBrae Hall Road (TWP 452) then east 8 km to RGE 185.
What do you do with a decommissioned gravel pit? Make a beautiful park!
Camrose County hopes the Nature Conservation Center will set the benchmark for all gravel pit recalmations as we believe this project epitomizes what environmentally friendly and beautiful results can emerge from such humble beginnings. The Nature Conservation Centre was officially opened on July 31, 2010. Over 300 people joined in the celebration which was attended by Premier Stelmach, provincial MLAs, and Camrose County residents. This unique park is open for everyone to enjoy!
Camrose County Nature Conservation Centre General Information
- Purchased in 1989 from the Blatz and Gilroy Families
- Area contains 37 Acres
- Approximately 500,000 cubic meters of gravel mined from 1989 – 2007
- 1991 Motion made by Vic McCarroll for Blatz Pit to be made into a fish pond and Picnic/Camping Area at time of reclamation
- Last Crushing contract 2007 - Robertson Construction for 130,000 cubic meters
- Public Works Presented 3 Options to Council – option “A” Cost to Reclaim, option “B” and option “C” Cadillac Option
- Council approved option “B” August 11, 2009
- Design – Genivar Engineering - $52,300.00
- Bridge Design – MPA Engineering
- Pedestrian Bridge extra cost - $30,766.70 plus installation by Eagle Bridge, Kitchener, Ontario
- Earthwork and furniture installation $392,755.00 – Prentise Creek Contracting
- Public Works – Docks, Bridge installation, culverts, flower gardens, signs, culverts
- Fencing by Nichols Fencing
- County Ag. Department - Trees, Seeding, Fish Stocking, Ackenberry Trout Farms
- Construction Budget $392,755.00
- Contingency $191,334.00