Harpell Park

 We’ve been to this park a couple of times, usually after having visited the fantastic Marché Sainte-Anne (Sainte Anne’s Farmers’ Market) or having strolled along the waterfront. And last year we came for a morning of garage-sale-ing at the annual community garage sale.  There’s so much to do in Saint-Anne’s, check it out!
No, I don’t work for their tourism office, it just holds lots of great memories: college (a few too many hours/semesters spent lounging by the water), pre-children date nights along the boardwalk, and now…ice cream cones and playgrounds 🙂

But this was the first time we “reviewed” the park.

It was just the short one and I this time, and he had a blast trying everything out, AND he made a little friend while we were there. If you have more than one child with you, all the equipment is spaced close together and within easy sight.
There are two large play structures from GameTime (everything is on now on wood chips), and I guess one is for toddlers, as it has the cute Dragon Climber with wide plastic stairs and a castle theme. But at the top of the easy stairs is the treacherous metal suspension bridge that even *I* can’t cross safely. On the opposite side of the bridge are some slides, but the only way to access the platform is from the bridge or a high and hard to climb metal rungs. He didn’t seem to bothered and just went up and down and up and down the dinosaur stairs, and occasionally underneath to check out the knight and princess cutouts.

Shorty actually did really well on the larger structure and was easily able to climb the MegaRock climbing wall, and then from there the stairs up to the SUPER HIGH, enclosed twirly slide. He wanted NO help, so I stayed below, and watched his shadow through the slide as he “Wheeeeeeeeeee!”-ed down. Then he did it 37 more times.

There are also two baby and two big swings, and just outside the playground is a little greenspace and a small basketball area.
We parked in the municipal parking lot in front of the library. And just across the street is a grocery store for any picnic needs. 

***No bathroom facilities, but on a previous visit, we used the one inside the municipal building right beside the park. There IS a water fountain, and there is NO shade.

Toddler park (2-5)
Fenced toddler park
Baby swings
Big kid park (5-12)
Big kid swings
Parking lot
Street parking
Water fountain
Picnic tables
Seasonal Bathrooms
Green space
Soccer fields
Baseball field
Tennis courts
Splash pad
Reduced mobility swings
Dep nearby


  • Nicola says:

    Also noteworthy for this park is that it’s right next to the Ste. Anne’s pool, so in the summer months you can bounce back and forth from the pool to the park. The pool has a great slide for big kids and also a nice little wading pool. Cheap entry ($2) and nice lifeguards.

  • Max West says:

    Fans of bad movies and the cult television show Mystery Science Theater 3000 may know this park. Part of the 1987 Canadian horror film Zombie Nightmare (with Adam West) was filmed in this park!

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