BACKROAD MAPBOOK ALBERTA: SOUTH PEACE
Publisher: GORDON SOULES BOOK PUB LTD, Jun 2004
Area encompasses mountains, prairies, & miles upon miles of boreal forest. Few people & little recreational development; remote region. Up-to-date info. 8.5x11 inches, 88 pgs.
Inside this guidebook, you will find the most comprehensive outdoor recreation resource available for the South Peace region. West Central Alberta is a sprawling area that encompasses mountains, prairies, and miles upon miles of boreal forest.
As you travel north along the BC/Alberta boundary, the Rocky Mountains begin to change. They are less hard, sharp and jagged, taking on instead a more rounded appearance. The mountains also begin to shuffle further west. Just south of the first of the maps in this book, the boundary stops following the continental divide, and spills over into BC. While there are still mountains in the Two Lakes area south of Grande Prairie, they are small, never topping 1,500 metres (4,900 feet).
There are relatively few settlements in this area. The largest of which is Grande Prairie. Grande Prairie sits in the heart of the northern prairies. It is an active city of 40,000, and growing every year. The city is built on agriculture and logging, but much of its recent growth stems from oil and gas discovery.
From the city, roads radiate outwards in every direction; farming roads, oil and gas roads and logging roads. Highways 2, 40 and 43 intersect at the city. There are very few other main roads through this region; while there are a lot of paved roads, they see little traffic. The other major towns are Peace River and Slave Lake.
Because this area has so few people, it has also seen very little recreational development. There are a few noteworthy exceptions, but these only serve to underscore the remoteness of the rest of the region.
Grande Pairie, Fox Creek, Swan Hills, Fort Assiniboine, Slave Lake, Peace River, Fairview, Cleardale, Spirit River.