KLESKUN HILL PARK Alberta- History, Kleskun Hills, Dinosaur Hill, Historic Buildings, Heritage Village, Campground.
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Welcome to Kleskun Hills Alberta located in the County of Grande Prairie.


Watch for Sign along Highway 43 for the turn-off.
Kleskun Hill Park is a 93-hectare (230 acre) natural area that offers opportunities to examine the many species of plants in the area. There are more than 160 flowering plants including the cactus.

One of the last battles of the Beaver Indians is commemorated by two mounds where five braves had died. Within this natural area is the native burial ground.

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Rates: $26 per night. $60 Group Area. Small campground offers overnight camping right next to the Kleskun Hills. 9 unserviced sites, tap water, washroom facilities with showers, playground . Free firewood. Open mid May to mid October. 780-567-3685.

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In 1916 Kleskun Hill School opened and classes were taught in a tent until the first teacherage was built at the end of World War 1. In the early 1920's fire destroyed the school. A vacant store was moved from Clairmont to be the new school until the early 1950's when it finally was closed.



Kleskun Hill Park is located 20 km east of Grande Prairie, Alberta on Highway 43, then north 3 km and west 1 km.

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1929 Griko Home, Hills, Flowers, Turner Barn, Garrett Hill Marker, Garrett Hill, Dinosaur Hill Marker

The rolling hills rise 100 meters above the plains in this area . The eroded remnants of a prehistoric river delta look like a miniature version of the badlands of Drumheller, Alberta.

The Kleskun Hill Park is a protected natural area that is fenced off with access permitted by foot only. The natural area protects one of the largest pieces of native grassland remaining in the Grande Prairie Region. Kles-Kun is believed to mean, "white mud" in one of the areas native languages. It was the area were the first people picked berries and hunted in the 1800's.

One of the hills is called "Dinosaur Hill" because many dinosaur fossils were found there. "Garrett Hill" was named after the former reeve, municipal councilor of the area (1926-1948). Robert Cochrane (1880-1965) was a pioneer area farmer, conservationist and amateur geologist that chiselled the rock Dinosaur Hill and Garrett Hill.

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Entrance Sign, Teepee, Homestead Cairn, Close-up Cairn, General Store, Antique Machinery, Gas Pump.
(larger photo above) The view standing at the top of Dinosaur Hill looking eastward towards the entrance to the park. This is an overview of the Heritage Park and its historic buildings and machinery. The Turner Barn represents a bit of history of the Turner Family that arrived in the area in 1911 and in 1928 built the barn we see today. One of the newer additions to the park is a hall (brown building to the right of the barn) that is used for a variety of functions. To the right of that is the Homestead Rock Cairn.
DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com captures the Kleskun Hill Park located 20 km east of Grande Prairie Alberta. Those who appreciate unusual land forms as well as a collection of history of our area, would enjoy an afternoon visiting this park.

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2014 Update: Vandalism in September of 2013, has caused a considerable amount of damage to the park. 80 windows were shattered, as well as inside several historic buildings were completely demolished. Security cameras have been installed to help prevent this kind of episode from happening again.

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One of the historic buildings at the park is the Herbert Manning House built in 1914. Situated next to it is the Wasyl Bill Griko Home built in 1929.

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Heritage Village is located at the entrance of the park operated by the museum society. A collection of many original buildings of the area can be viewed. The original East Kleskun School, barn and out-buildings, first post office and the Roman Catholic Church built in 1947 and other interesting buildings.

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Stop by for a personal tour of the Heritage Village and the Kleskun Hills. Also view the original wagon ruts made by the early settlers travelling along the Edson trail in the early 1900's

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Kleskun Fort located near the entrance of the park.

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