Nestled in gently rolling agricultural country, Vermilion’s recreational facilities cater to a wide range of lifestyles with a remarkable selection of opportunities for residents and visitors.
The Vermilion Provincial Park, located within Town boundaries at the West End of the community, is among the largest provincial parks in Alberta. Stretching more than nine kilometers (750h hectares) along the south shore of the Vermilion River Valley, the park combines tranquillity with activity. Approximately 23 kilometers of hiking trails through the natural wilderness allow for easy exploration and watching more than 100 different species of birds. The man-made lake is ideal for the nature lover and canoeist and is a popular fishing spot for the young and old alike, all within town limits and walking distance. In the winter the lake and trails are transformed into one of the best cross-country skiing locations in our region. Because the trails are located along the southern slope of the valley, they are protected from the destructive rays of the sun, allowing a longer season for some of our more internationally competitive athletes. The distinctive CN Station, a centrepiece at the park, is used as a ski chalet as well as for community gatherings. The park also provides the setting for six soccer fields, two shale ball diamonds, the Claude Brennan Trout Pond the and a children’s wading pool. The Vermilion Provincial Park is one of the most popular tourist overnight stopping places in Alberta and caters to over 80,000 visitors each year. The campground has 124 sites, 43 with power hookups, 6 with power and water, 19 with power, water, and sewage hookups. You will also find shower facilities, playground and six separate group use sites available by reservation only, for your group or family gatherings.
The Town operates a Community Services Department that facilitates a large range of recreation and leisure programs. Athletic programs include hockey, ball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, figure skating and cross country skiing. Racquetball, squash, tennis, gym and weight lifting are available to the community through Lakeland College.
The Senior Citizen’s Drop-In Centre, provides leisure, entertainment and recreation for our senior citizens.
The Vermilion Regional Centre a 25,000ft facility houses a 600 seat grand ballroom, several breakout meeting rooms, a dance studio and an indoor playground – “Kiddie Oasis.
The Town also offers a 5 – lane wheelchair accessible Indoor Swimming Pool with sauna and whirlpool, jointly operated with Lakeland College. The pool is home to the Vermilion Vipers Swim Club for swimmers with a competitive edge. The pool also offers a wide range of public, adult and family times as well as a full range of swimming lessons.
The Vermilion Stadium, with a 2500 seating capacity, provides a modern heated hockey arena and five-sheet curling rink. Lounge and concession facilities compliment the complex. A second arena adjacent to the stadium, complete with artificial ice. In the summer months, each facility is utilized for indoor lacrosse and inline hockey.
In addition to the two Ball Diamonds offered at the Provincial Park the Town of Vermilion has developed a four diamond ball park which is in full use by minor ball, ladies and men’s ball and slow pitch programs.
The Vermilion Golf and Country Club, a beautifully contoured nine-hole, 2,670 m (2,920 yard), par 35 course welcomes players one mile south of town. The course also offers grass greens, a driving range, practice putting greens and a Pro-shop offering complete equipment rental service.