Paradise Hill Community Attractions
Paradise Hill is proud to boast as the home of one of the many churches decorated by, the renowned artist, Count Berthold Von Imhoff.
Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, originally situated 10 miles south of Paradise Hill, was decorated by Imhoff in 1929. The bordering decorations were painted by his son, Carl. It was moved to Paradise Hill in 1973.
For anyone wishing to view these remarkable paintings, a notice at the church will provide a contact and tours can be arranged at any time. Imhoff's farm and original studio, located just east of Paradise Hill, is open throughout the summer, or by appointment at any other time.
Giant Ox & Cart at the entrance to the Village
Commemorating the Carlton Trail, which passed over the spot where the ox now stands.
The entrance to the Village is guarded by a twice life sized ox and red river cart, erected in 1993 to commemorate the famous Carlton Trail. The trail was the first overland route between Fort Garry and Fort Edmonton, best described as the forerunner of the present Yellowhead Highway. It passed directly though Paradise Hill, over the spot where the ox and cart is now situated.
Deep ruts left from the passage of carts many years ago can still be seen heading west from town. This is rather unique as in most areas the marks have been long hidden by cultivation or regrowth of bush and trees.
Located just north and west of the village provides an excellent opportunity for viewing birds of many species.
Paradise Hill offers the bird watcher boreal forest, meadows, aspen woodland and wetlands. Together these areas provide homes for a great variety of birds.
Many species of waterfowl and shorebirds may be seen at the marsh and lake during spring and fall migration. Both herons, rails & other shore birds may be viewed. Hawks, eagles and vultures ride the thermals on top of the hill, while pileated woodpeckers and thrushes search for food in the mature aspen gallery forest on the hillside. The hawk watch begins the first week of September.
Hike, bike, or ride the trails around Paradise Hill !
Hunting & Fishing
Paradise Hill is located within 30 minutes of an abundance of northern lakes and resorts. Experience the beauty of nature and the great outdoors with a vacation in Paradise! Fish off the banks, of the North Saskatchewan River, just 10 kms away.
Paradise Hill Camp Ground
Campground with washroom and shower facilities.
Camping Fees - $10.00 per night, electric sites - $15.00 per night.
Picnic shelter available for public use. Hiking trails, bird watching stand,
ball diamonds and tennis courts are located nearby.
Frenchman Butte Museum
(15 minutes from Paradise Hill)
Open weekends May 17 - June 22
Daily June 23 - September 1 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The museum was opened in 1980 with the restoration of the CNR Station. It has since expanded to an entire block featuring the Log Cabin Tea House, Library, Blacksmith shop, Big Hill School, Mini golf and playground, restored Leer house and the Lloyd Furman Building which houses the extensive collection of artifacts belonging to the late Lloyd Furman.
Battle of Frenchman Butte National Historic Site
(15 minutes from Paradise Hill) North of Frenchman Butte on Provincial Grid #191. Walk the paths of battle sites and see the rifle pits where Wandering Spirit's Warriors fought the Alberta Field Force to a stalemate in the Riel Rebellion of 1885.
Fort Pitt Historic Park
(30 minutes from Paradise Hill) 15 km west of Frenchman Butte on Provincial Grid #797 and 5 km south. Once a bustling fur trading post, Fort Pitt was the site of the signing of Treaty #6 in 1876. Fort Pitt was burned and hostages taken during the 1885 Northwest Rebellion. A picnic area lies under giant trees and descriptive plaques outline the fort's features and history.