Sand, sun and surf are all on the itinerary. The vast sandy beach on the north shore of Beaver Lake beckons for a day of boating, fishing, sunbathing and swimming. Individual and group camping facilities are available for when the sun goes down. Adding to the convenience factor is the park’s location less than a five-minute drive outside the hamlet of Lac La Biche.
Campers and paddlers who appreciate having space to share and room to breathe will find a lot to enjoy about Crow Lake. The park is relatively remote but still easily accessible from Highway 63, and campground amenities are basic. Motorized watercraft are not permitted on the lake, so it’s just you and the sounds of your paddle as you go to spot wildlife in the nearby Crow Lake Ecological Reserve.
One of the most unique parks in the province sprawls across seven islands, protecting old-growth forests where hundreds of bird species are known to congregate. The main islands (accessible by a paved causeway) feature a variety of camping options, including cabins and tipis, sandy beaches and trails winding through a special ecosystem hundreds of years in the making.
There are no delusions of grandeur here, because we have size on our side. A combined 590 square kilometres of protected area covers 11 major lakes, all connected by portages and trails through the boreal forest. Mother Nature isn’t just your neighbour here – she’s your roommate. Lakeland is also an official Dark Sky Preserve and contains Alberta’s only backcountry paddling circuit.