Explore The World Around You
BISHOP GRAY INTERPRETIVE CENTRE
Built as one of the projects funded by the Communities Forever Program, the site features observation decks above Lott Creek (See view below) and a covered meeting area containing interpretive information.
The Bishop Gray Interpretive Area, comprising the balance of Lott Creek Valley, will be preserved as a natural interpretive area. Due to the sensitivity of these lands, access is guided by nature trails that loop through the area, starting and ending at the Bishop Gray Interpretive Center, The trail system and the landscape design help prevent damage to the lands, while allowing residents to enjoy their full beauty. These lands are maintained in their natural state. Observation points, benches and boardwalks provide views of beaver, blue heron, deer and other wildlife habitats.
The Bishop Gray Interpretive Center is named after Henry Allen Gray, who first homesteaded these lands in 1889 and subsequently became the first Anglican archbishop of Edmonton.
Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball & Pickleball
There is a tennis court and a basketball court available for your use. Residents are also able to sign out volleyball equipment. It must be set up either on the grass at the Residents Club or on the beach at the Residents Club. Please contact the office if you wish to sign this item out.
The black lines painted on the tennis court are for the game pickleball. Equipment for pickleball. is available to sign out at the Residents Club.
PATHS & TRAILS
The series of narrower trails leading from the regional pathway to the various residential cells and community amenities have surfaces of either asphalt or crushed stone. In some instances existing game trails have been improved to minimize disturbance of natural areas. The trails through natural areas provide access to wildlife viewing and bird watching opportunities. Viewing areas and rest stops with benches are provided at appropriate locations.
The pathways and trails are graded to ensure drainage of surface water to avoid muddy sections. Boardwalks have been built through wetland areas and footbridges cross Lott Creek where required. A series of trail network signs, interpretive signs and distance markers have been installed at appropriate locations to orient and inform trail users.
The trail network includes nearly 4.5 km of asphalt pathway and approximately 15 km of crushed stone trails.
FIRE PIT USAGE
For the fire pits: EVRC likes to know when the fire pit(s) are being used – especially in the evenings and weekends, as we will notify our Security staff of any usages. This helps them identify that the group(s) using the fire pit are from our community. If they have not been notified Security most likely would approach the group(s) to ensure that it is indeed just EV residents using our facilities. Security will also do a double check on the status of the fire after a group is finished with it, to ensure that all the flames are indeed out etc.
The firewood box is open daily until the park closes at 11:00pm. You are welcome to use the wood.
We’ve also found the EV residents are very courteous with limiting the usage of the boats to approximately a 30min in length especially during high demand time periods (hot summer days) so that as many residents as possible can all enjoy them.
We thank everyone for their cooperation and hope everyone has a great summer.
Original owners in Elbow Valley, along with their builders, contributed $750 to the Communities Forever Fund. Hopewell, the community’s developer, contributed $1000 per home. Since there are 700 lots in Elbow Valley, approximately 1.2 million dollars were contributed to the Communities Forever Fund. These funds were used to build the amenities in Elbow Valley, such as the Clubhouse, boathouse and the Bishop Gray gazebo, as well as to purchase such things as picnic tables, boats and firepits.