Fox Lake Park & Playground
Please see the Fox Lake Park Operating Procedures for information during COVID-19.
Fox Lake Park and Helmer Dam Recreation Area is open from May 15 to September 15 annually.
- The park has modern washrooms with coin-operated, handicap accessible showers.
- Potable water is available on site.
- Sewage dump station on site.
- Firewood for sale on-site – contact the campground manager.
- Playground equipment
- 4 hours of Wi-Fi is available for free. Additional time is available with a fee. See information regarding Wi-Fi at Town of Hanna facilities.
- Reservations are not accepted with the exception of the Owl’s Nest group camping area.
Group Camping Information (Sites 19-25 only)
- Group camping with a camp kitchen is available for larger functions or reunions at the Owl’s Nest group camping sites.
- The Owl’s Nest group site can accommodate up to 7 recreational vehicles.
- Power service is available.
- Reservations can be made by contacting the Town of Hanna Office during Office hours. The area can be pre-booked by pre-paying the appropriate fees.
- You will be able to cancel your reservation and receive a refund up to one month before the date, less a $50 administration fee. If the reservation is canceled within 30 days of the reservation, there is no refund.
Fox Lake – Day Use Area Boating
- Beach camp kitchen available for day use
- The boat launch will accommodate a smaller craft
- Floating dock
- Playground area with play structure
Helmer Dam – Day Use Area & Boating
- Non-motorized boats only
- Floating dock
- A portable beach volleyball kit is available from the campground attendant
- Bird watching
- Interpretive signage
How much does it cost to stay at the Campground?
|Camping Fees||Tent||$20.00 / night|
|Non Serviced Site||$25.00 / night|
|Power Site (20 or 30 amp)||$30.00 / night|
|Full Service Site||$36.00 / night|
|Camp Kitchen||Up to 4 hours||$30.00|
|Group Camping||1st night||$325.00|
Group camping check in is at 2:00 pm and check out is at 12:00 noon. The area is to be block booked with the camp kitchen and sites 19 through 25 only. The total amount payable is due at the time of the reservation. The fee is based on 7 sites per night (power rates) plus camp kitchen and an administration fee. There is no refund if cancelled within one month of the date booked.
Group Camping: A full refund, less an administration fee, will be issued if the renter cancels one month prior to the reservation date.
Rentals less than $500 have a $10 administration fee.
Rentals more than $500 have a $50 administration fee.
Camp Kitchen: Refunds are subject to an administration fee of $10
What payment methods are accepted?
If you are paying for a campsite, at the campground, cash and cheques are accepted. If you are booking a group site, debit is accepted in addition to cash and cheques at the Town Office during office hours. Arrangements can be made to pay by e-transfer or credit. Fees may apply.
What services can we expect at Fox Lake Park?
There are a total of 44 sites at Fox Lake Park.
19 sites have 15 amp power (no water or sewer)
7 sites have 30 amp power (no water or sewer)
18 sites with full service (water, sewer, and 30 amp power)
Tenting sites are also available and there is space in the overflow area for RV’s not requiring services.
How close to Hanna is the park?
Just two miles west of Hanna, Fox Lake Park is close to amenities such as laundry facilities and grocery stores. From the corner of Palliser Trail and Fox Lake Trail, [in the north west area of Town], take Fox Lake Trail travelling west away from Hanna.
Is there a campground manager on site?
Yes. From May 15 to September 15 there is a campground manger on site to assist with settling in, purchasing firewood or wi-fi, or providing community information.
The sign at the entrance says ‘Kin Playground’ but most residents fondly refer to this playground as ‘Turtle Park’. This fenced play park boasts equipment suited to ages 2 – 5, with lots of room to run. The land for the park was initially acquired by the Town of Hanna in 1957. The Hanna Kinsmen Club installed the initial playground equipment and the Town of Hanna has maintained and made improvements over the years. In 1997, the greenspace area of the park was downsized to make room for much needed residential lots, making way for the development of three new houses on that block. Much of the equipment initially installed has been removed and replaced with new items so little people can enjoy a slide, teeter-totter, swing set and of course the parks’ namesake, the big climbing turtle.
Legion Park was developed on land acquired by the Town in 1998. It is located east of the Hanna Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion building and provides a small rest area for residents and visitors. Screened from the parking area for the Legion, this “pocket park” contains a picnic table, a bench and flower pots that provide color and beauty to the Downtown core.
Memorial Park is located on Main Street offers visitors and residents a beautiful place to stop and smell the roses. In the north east corner of the park stands a cenotaph, placed in memory of the Canadian soldiers who died in the service of their country.
Covering almost one acre of land, the park provides shade under the many trees, plenty of grass and flowers to enjoy, lighted walking paths, picnic tables, benches and a gazebo.
The park was initially developed around the Town’s water tower, which was removed in 1988. To mark the location of the landmark tower, a large water fountain was constructed by local craftsmen and artists. The Fountain has six panels depicting scenes of importance to the Community:
- The Water Tower which stood from 1939 – 1988
- Sheerness Generating Station – built in 1986, bringing industry to the community
- Canadian National Railway – acknowledging that Hanna was a major divisional point for the railroad.
- Oil Well Pump Jack – to recognize the importance of the oil and gas development in the area.
- Agriculture – acknowledging ranching and farming as our roots.
- Canada Goose – to recognize Hanna as a major flyway for migrating geese
Hector King-Hunter Pioneer Park
Hector King-Hunter Pioneer Park is an oasis in the prairie. Established by dedicated volunteers, the Town recently accepted the request to maintain the 3-acre park. This park provides citizens and visitors alike with a pleasant place to wander or rest. Stroll along the pathway past colorful floral displays and water features. Or leave the path to relax under shady trees or shrubs.
Named for Hector King-Hunter, one of its dedicated volunteers, the park holds memories for many people as numerous weddings, picnics, photo-shoots, church, family and community events have taken place within its lush foliage. The outdoor stage from the nearby Community Centre is a natural amphitheater setting, allowing viewers to enjoy live music and entertainment during special events such as Canada Day.
At the entrance to the park is a building to accommodate 4 picnic tables, a barbeque and washrooms (confirm availability).
Keeping with tradition, the Hanna Young Lions Club recently constructed and donated a large gazebo with seating for 10 to enhance the park . The next time you are in Hanna ease your tensions and embrace the peaceful atmosphere by visiting Hector King-Hunter Pioneer Park.
RCMP Park was named in April 1974 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the arrival of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta.
This park is located in the recreation area south of the outdoor swimming pool and has benches, picnic tables and play equipment for children 5-7 years of age. With the well established trees and space for children to run, it is an attractive place for families to visit, have a picnic or watch the activities at the outdoor pool.
Prior to Hanna’s Centennial celebrations in 2012, a local artist, Donna Brink, was commissioned to paint the cement cairn in the park. She painted RCMP members on horseback, wearing uniforms from 1874 to 2000. Also, in 2012 the members of the local detachment of the RCMP commissioned a new sign for the park entrance, depicting members of the RCMP musical ride.
Located between the outdoor pool and Centennial Place, the Skateboard Park offers a variety of equipment for skateboard and biking enthusiasts.
In early 2002, a skateboard park was identified as a need by a group of young people interested in the sport. Their parents and other community leaders brought a proposal to the Town , asking for a piece of property suitable to place a skateboard park. The Town provided an area with an asphalt surface in the Recreation Block on 3rd Street and 5th Avenue West. In 2003 the Hanna Community Initiatives Association provided $41,100 to purchase and install equipment. Since then, equipment has changed, the children have changed but the skateboard park remains an active meeting place for skateboarders and cyclists in the community.
Winkler Park & Playground
Winkler Park, named for Joe Winkler, Hanna’s first Town Constable, is 1.5 acres of parkland located in the heart of a large residential subdivision, developed in 1977. The park can be accessed from Winkler Drive or Shacker Crescent and provides playground equipment and open spaces for play.
In 2015, Winkler Park was given an upgrade with the installation of new play equipment, replacement of the fence and minor repairs to the walking trail. Benches in the park were given a facelift or removed and the Town was pleased to receive a new Commemorative Bench, courtesy of Bernice Lester of Hanna.
The Triplex Playground was developed in conjunction with three ball diamonds suitable for tournament play. In 1994 the Town built the recreation area that includes three ball diamonds, a concession/washroom building and a large playground structure for children ages 5 to 12. There is also a purple dinosaur for younger children to climb on. The play area is surrounded by a large open area that is completely fenced, allowing children to have space to play while being close to the washrooms and concession building or the bleachers to watch a game or two.