Exploring Alberta’s Lakeland | #AdventurefulAlberta
If you are ready to connect with nature in a way that will make your heart sing and your soul be at peace, Alberta’s Lakeland is waiting for you to arrive. Many of us look forward to “getting away from it all,” and the Lakeland is just the place to fit the bill. Let’s look at just a few of the adventures in which you can experience when you visit Alberta’s Lakeland.
Lakeland Provincial Park & Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area
The park and recreation area cover 443 square kilometers east of Lac La Biche. It is the largest recreation area in Alberta. The focus of the park is primitive “wilderness” activities and has Alberta’s only backcountry canoe circuit. The Hudson Bay Company and the North West Company used this area to access the far north and the west using the Athabasca River. So, for those who have longed to go back in time and see Canada as it was before modernization, this is a terrific destination.
Lakeland Provincial Park is Open For Adventure:
- Canoeing and Kayaking
- Backcountry hiking – In the winter, cross-country skiing will be the only way to travel across the backcountry. The cross-country ski area’s trailhead is the Shaw Lake Day Use Area that offers wood-heated shelter, tables, water and pit toilets. In the winter months, trail skiers must bring their water and wood.
- Ice fishing
- Backcountry camping
- Wildlife viewing
When in the backcountry, all visitors are expected to minimize their impact on the land; pack-out what you pack-in and make sure to follow park regulations and safety tips. These instructions underline the fact that visiting Lakeland Provincial Park is going to be an out-of-the-ordinary experience filled with tranquillity, beauty, and adventure!
Ever wondered what it would feel like to race over snowy hills in a sled pulled by Seppala Siberian sled dogs? Right here in Lakeland, you can bundle yourself up, step into a dog sled, and take the ride of your lifetime. To say this experience is exhilarating would be a massive understatement.
For thousands of years, dogs have made humans’ lives better. And, fabulous, fluffy huskies are epically helpful. Cozy into the sled with the help of a warm blanket and take in the snowy, frozen scenes as you few have seen them.
We can hook you up, and you can take in the expansive views and the gorgeous rolling hills of this region in a way you could never have dreamed you would.
The Northern Lights
Yesss! Canada’s Lakeland is a spot where people can see the grandeur of the Aurora Borealis. For most individuals, viewing the Northern Lights is a life-changing experience. The Inuit people believe that the lights were people from the sky who were playing a ball game. Other Indigenous peoples thought the lights were the spirits of their ancestors flashing across the night sky.
In Alberta, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) celebrates the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) movement in locations throughout our region. Dark Sky Preserves are places where an area is kept free of artificial light that can obstruct the view of stars and the Aurora Borealis. Alberta’s Lakeland is home to one of only a handful of Dark Sky Preserves in Canada. The best time for viewing the lights is between September and May.
Many make a trip to Lakeland just to see the phenomena. Its mesmerizing beauty cannot be described in words.
Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail
Maintained and operated by the Riverland Recreational Trail Society (RRTS), the Iron Horse Trail is a multi-use recreation corridor, 300 km long, and an abandoned rail right-of-way that travels from Heinsburg to Smoky Lake and north from Abilene to Cold Lake. The path is used by cyclists, horseback riders, hikers, waggoneers, and ATVs and snowmobiles.
Since the 1700s, the Iron Horse Trail has been a central part of the history of Alberta. The Métis and aboriginal people used the trail, as did the early traders traveling from Fort George Trading Post, Buckingham Trading post, along with the Red River Cart brigades.
There’s history all along the trail: historic train stations, the Métis Crossing, the Victoria Settlement, and Alberta’s historic Vilna Pool Hall and Barbershop. Each of these venues offers a step back in history that reveals much about life in Lakeland.
In the heart of the Lakeland region is the Bonnyville & District Centennial Centre. It is a multi-purpose sport, recreation, and entertainment complex where there is a little something for everyone. Know locally as the C2, the venue offers a place for:
- Sports and recreational activities
- A climbing wall
- Walking tracks
- Equipment rentals
- A movie theatre and a lecture hall
- Inflatable bounce houses
- Ice skating
C2 has two NHL arenas and a smaller surface known as the Leisure Pond. Recently added was an outside rink which is free to the public. This is a fantastic rink for the hardy outdoor types. If you’re anywhere near Bonnyville, don’t miss C2.
Travel Lakeland & Experience Alberta’s Lakeland
For those travelers who are looking for a vacation filled with adventures, historical cities, cultural diversity, and imaginative and fun activities, we are here to help.
Want to know about Alberta’s history? We can find the perfect places for you to stay near the Victoria Settlement. Need some adventure in your life? Travel Lakeland can offer up Lakeland Provincial Park.
Want to experience a sight that is breathtaking, uplifting, and wondrous? We’ll find the best place for you to stay for the most outstanding view of the Aurora Borealis.
Here at Travel Lakeland, our goal is to make your time in Alberta’s Lakeland something you can treasure for the rest of your life.