WHAT TO DO: PARKS
With our naturally rich surroundings, the Parks of Lac la Biche Region are naturally more than a playground and picnic area. Our parks are a series of trails for a variety of users which provide views of our heart-warming vistas, and bring you to connect with Mother Nature.
Take off your shoes and walk in the sand along the shores of Lac la Biche in McArthur Park. Have a picnic, watch the birds or just admire the beautiful sunsets. With a swimming area buoyed-off, swim out to the platform and splash into Lac la Biche either by going down the slide or just leap off the dock. Newly constructed, Lac La Biche County welcomes the everyone to the Paul Richard Memorial Spray Park which will be operational throughout the summer season. The swimming area and spray park is not monitored by a lifeguard, please use it responsibly.
Throughout the summer, be sure to watch for events happening in the park like Music In The Park, or other special events which brings the community together. While in the park, visit McArthur Place, where you can take a peek in the Visitor Information Centre or the Lac La Biche Museum & Discovery Centre who host the archive the important artifacts of our region. After that, why not take a stroll along the lakefront trail to the David Thompson Monument and into downtown Lac La Biche and check out our local businesses.
Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park
One of the main attractions in the Lac la Biche Region is Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park. This island park, at 234 hectares, is the largest of nine islands located in Lac la Biche and the only Provincial Park Island in Alberta with amenities.
It’s one of the best spots you will find of an old-growth, mixed-wood boreal forest. It’s known as one of the best locations for viewing boreal forest birds in Alberta, as well as waterfowl and shoreline birds.
There are several excellent vantage points for viewing the 200 resident and migrant bird species and with mounted viewing scopes, it’s a haven for birdwatchers. Explore the island by two well-marked walking and biking trails or launch your boat into one of the largest lakes in the region. There are also three sandy beaches for you to enjoy sunbathing and swimming, and two fully-equipped playgrounds for the kids.
The park is open year round for day use and from May to early fall for overnight camping. It features 72 campsites and a group-camping site as well as several day-use facilities throughout the park.
Lakeland Provincial Park
Some of the highest-quality lakes, beaches and shorelines in Alberta are found in Lakeland Provincial Park and Recreation Area. Kinnaird, Jackson and Blackett lakes, accessible from the Mile 10 staging area, make an excellent canoe circuit. Lakeland is home to more than 200 species of birds, as well as a diverse range of boreal forest mammals.
Lakeland Provincial Park and Recreation Area occupies more than 58,000 hectares (143,000 acres) of majestic wilderness. It is one of Alberta’s newest provincial parks, created in 1992. Within this mixed-wood boreal forest, you will discover walking trails leading to glacial lakes with sandy beaches, fishing, backcountry canoe routes, and numerous species of birds, orchids and wildlife (Bald Eagles, Osprey, and various owls to name a few).
Lakeland also includes the historic Mosquito Lake Trail, now referred to as the Shaw Lake Trail. This trail was used by explorers, fur traders and natives over 100 years ago. This trail, and others, provides for backcountry camping, hiking and cross country skiing. Lakeland Provincial Park is home to four main campgrounds: Touchwood, Pinehurst, Seibert, and Ironwood.
Please make sure you’re up to date on the latest fire bans in the area before heading out on your adventure. We want to keep our beautiful region in good shape for generations to come.