Paradise Hill, SK.
Paradise Hill – “Paradise of the Prairies”
Directions: From Lloydminster take Hwy 17 north to the junction of Hwy 3, then go east across the North Saskatchewan River to Paradise Hill.
Incorporated as a village in 1947, Paradise Hill is home to around 500 people. A charming little town nestled in the rolling hillside, Paradise Hill’s economy relies heavily on oil and gas as well as agriculture.
Called simply “The Hill” by locals and people from neighbouring communities, the village offers plenty of services. A large farm machinery and automobile dealership employs about 45 people. A few restaurants, a pub, hotel, gas station and grocery store mean that residents can get most of what they need right in Paradise Hill. Specialized services and the department stores are found in the City of Lloydminster.
Paradise Hill is only thirty minutes from some of the northern lakes and resorts. Residents don’t have to go far to enjoy a day of fishing, hunting, bird-watching or just being in the great outdoors. In 2002, an observation deck was built on a marsh adjacent to Paradise Hill so the residents could watch the different species of birds in the area.
The community is active in sports. The arena with artificial ice is a social hub during the hockey season. A four lane bowling alley, curling rink with two sets of artificial ice, tennis courts and ball diamonds are also available. Children have the opportunity to take a variety of lessons. Hockey, figure skating, bowling, gymnastics, dance, drama, 4-H, curling, soccer and ball are some of the choices. There are also hockey teams for adults to join.
The K-12 school has an enrollment of about 250 students per year. The school is also the site for playschool for 4 year olds, one day a week. The village has a good library located near the school.
Paradise Hill renovated its former hospital to create an assisted living facility. A volunteer fire department serves the area.
The town has a recently formed Chamber of Commerce. The Kinsmen, Kinettes and K-40’s are active in the community and are the first to step up when a new project needs volunteers. These clubs operate the community hall.
Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church is a sight to see for anyone interested in art history. The late Count Berthold Von Imhoff painted the church in 1929. His original studio is just west of the village of Paradise Hill.
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