Exploring Alberta's Only Park of Islands: Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park

by - Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park is a gem set in the sparkling waters of Lac La Biche. Alberta's only park of islands offers sandy beaches, paddling, fishing, and amazing recreational and bird watching opportunities. Old growth forest is full of wildlife, while the shorelines are visited by countless species of birds. Fall asleep to the sound of loons and wake up to pelicans fishing in the bay. The friendly, nearby town of Lac La Biche has everything you need to stay a while.

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Things to Do 

When you're on an island in the middle of a huge lake, it's easy to get out on the water any time of day. Paddle to secluded white sand beaches on Birch and Currant Islands, or visit the Pelican Islands to see dozens of pelicans and cormorants. Rentals are available from Lakeland Expeditions (canoes and fishing boats) or the campground (canoes, kayaks, SUPs).

Sunset paddling at Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park
Image credit: Chris Wheeler

Bring your fishing rod as Lac La Biche is a great spot to catch big pike, walleye, whitefish, and burbot. Locals recommend fishing at the drop off near the Day Use Area with a five of diamonds spoon. 

Jamie's son and a big pike caught in Lac La Biche
Image Credit: Jamie Laird, Lakeland Expeditions
If you like bird watching, get a free birding checklist from the campground office and pack binoculars! The park is a bird sanctuary and home to over 200 species of birds!

American Pelican, Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park

Hike or bike through old growth forest and watch for wildlife. Deer, moose, and foxes are common sights throughout the park. Boardwalk Beach and Old Growth Alley Trail were my favorite places. Kids will enjoy playing at the the playground and sandy beach (Camper's Beach) near the campground.

Boardwalk Beach, Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park
For a pleasant half day bike ride, take the paved Lac La Biche Walking and Biking Trail in to town (16 km one way). Visit the beach and spray park at McArthur Park, David Thompson Monument, and have dinner at the Lac La Biche Golf & Country Club on the way back.

David Thompson Memorial, Lac La Biche

Where to Stay

The park has 15 one-bedroom cabins and a campground with 72 forested power sites (reservable and first come-first served). Amenities include showers, a campground store and onsite canoe/kayak/SUP rentals. There is cell phone service in the park too!

Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park Cabin

Getting There

Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park is located 2.5 hours northeast of Edmonton, 10 minutes from the town of Lac La Biche.

For More Information

Please see my story on ZenSeekers: On island time in Alberta and check out #TakeItToTheLake posts for more fun in Lac La Biche / Lakeland / Bonnyville MD!

Disclosure

Thank you to Lac La Biche Community Futures, the MD of BonnyvilleZenSeekers, and Travel Alberta for having me on the #TakeItToTheLake Expedition! All words and opinions are my own.

I am an Alberta Parks Ambassador and am passionate about sharing my love for our parks, but always provide my honest impressions.

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4 comments

  1. Thank you for coming to our north east Alberta paradise Karen! Come back soon, we'll roll out the 'green' carpet for you :)!

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  2. We are honoured to have had you visit, Karen. Thank you for spending time in our north east Alberta paradise. Hope you'll come back soon!

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  3. Thank you for everything!!! I really enjoyed exploring Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park and Lac La Biche Region!

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  4. Thank you!! I will definitely be back -with my family! I know they will love the sandy beaches, great fishing and bird watching, and beautiful lakes. :)

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