Fairview is a town in Northern Alberta within the heart of the Peace Country. It is located 82 km (51 mi) Southwest of the Town of Peace River and 115 km (71 mi) North of Grande Prairie at the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 64A.
The Town of Fairview is one of two different communities in Alberta that go by the name of Fairview. The Hamlet of Fairview in Southern Alberta is the lesser known of the two.
Fairview has several schools, including:
- St. Thomas More Catholic School (K-12)
- EE Oliver School (K-6)
- Fairview High School (7-12)
- Grande Prairie Regional College – GPRC (Fairview Campus), formerly known as Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), which formerly existed as Fairview College (post-secondary).
In terms of recreation, Fairview offers indoor swimming at the Fairview Aquatic Centre, golfing at the Fairview Golf Course, skating at the Fairplex, skiing at the Fairview Ski Hill, curling, and bowling.
In 2010, the Fairplex Arena underwent a major upgrade which included the addition of 5 more dressing rooms, roof repairs and extra storage space.
The Fairview Regional Aquatic Centre was a $3.4M collaborative project taken on by the Town of Fairview and the M.D. of Fairview No. 136. The facility has a waterslide, a zero depth wading pool, a 25m lap pool, a tarzan swing, monkey bars, a whirlpool, and a climbing wall. The facility is home to the Fairview Olympians swim club and offers various programming.
Cummings Lake is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) north of the Town of Fairview. The Cummings Lake Recreation Area has six baseball diamonds, a day-use camping area, an overnight-use camping area, a playground and a boat launch. Cummings Lake has a 28-stall campground that offers coin-operated showers and toilets, free firewood, electrical hookups and non-potable water from a cistern via hand pump.
1000 Rainbow trout were stocked in Cummings Lake in both 2012 and 2013.
Surrounding the lake and campground area is a large portion of the 10.5 km (6.5 mi) trail system that stretches from 108 Avenue to the northern tip of Cummings Lake. The trail system loops around the lake, the golf course, and the town’s reservoirs. The majority of the trail is paved, while the remaining is gravel. A 10.5 km (6.5 mi) of educational signed nature trail is connected to the main trail.
The Dunvegan Fish and Game Association operate a 535-yard gun range near Fairview.
Mileage from Fairview to:
- Calgary :803 km
- Dawson Creek: 151 km
- Edmonton: 549 km
- Fort St. John: 192 km
- Grande Cache: 302 km
- Peace River: 84.2 km
- Tumbler Ridge: 268 km