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WHAT TO DO: FLORA AND FAUNA

Lac la Biche Region is naturally rich and home to a very diverse flora and fauna. As the seasons change, so do our migratory and hibernating fauna, however some do call the region home rain, shine, or snow – and with the seasonal change the color palette of our scenic vistas transitions through the color wheel.

Flora

Finding an elusive orchid nestled away in the boreal forest is a thrilling experience for amateur and experienced naturalists alike. This type of recreation has become a passion for some, for many others, a wonderful way to explore nature and learn more about the living world around us.

Many of the potential orchid habitats in Lakeland Provincial Park and Recreation Area remain to be explored. This presents opportunities for visitors and naturalists to discover new locations for orchids, and to document them. We also need to be careful when looking at these delicate plants. Be mindful of their fragile nature… keep only memories and photos so that others, too, can enjoy.

Home to very diverse ecosystems with a variety of soil types and waterways, we welcome you to explore our trails hiking through the Old Growth Forests with towering spruce, first, birch, and poplar, or quad down trails edged with Tiger Lilies, or paddle the canoe circuit passing by blooming Lily Pads.

Fauna

The magnificent landscapes of the Lac La Biche region create a prime habitat for a spectacular variety of birds, offering the best of bird watching opportunities.

Designated a Bird Sanctuary in 1920 by the Government of Canada, Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park and its islands are home to over 190 species during high birding season.

Lac la Biche has become a popular staging and nesting area for its various shorebirds, waterfowl, geese, swans, American White Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, Herring Gulls, Ring-Bills Gulls, Great Blue Herons, Commons Terns, Black Terns, Forster’s Terns, Red-necked Grebes, and Eared Grebes.

Since these species are most watchable when displaying their mating behaviour, plumage and calls, bird watchers will not be disappointed.

Read about the Lac La Biche Birding Society here!

Other Fauna can also be found roaming through our forests: from deer, rabbits, squirrels, moose, and bears. It is important to be “Bear Aware” in the Lac La Biche region whether you are in a campground, in the backcountry areas, or at your home, as they are residents of our region as well.