Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park

Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park, St. Albert: Address, Phone Number, Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park

Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park
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Big Lake is shallow and supports a large nesting colony of Franklin's gulls, migrating flocks of tundra swans, and numerous nesting and migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. It has been recognized as a globally significant Important Bird Area. More than 220 bird species have been observed here.
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PeregrineEdmonton
Edmonton254 contributions
This is one of my favorite places for birdwatching. The boardwalk across the wetland is good for blackbirds, snipe, ducks, geese and swallows. At the far end, you often see yellow warbler, robins, kingbirds, catbirds. The ponds and the lookout are great for waterfowl and waders. There are often pelicans, heron, kildeer and Franklin's gulls. The washrooms are finally open again, after COVID. Good place for families.
Often see Moms with baby carriages. Boardwalk is a bike dismount area. Parking often fills up, on weekends, so a weekday morning visit is often quietest.
Written July 4, 2021
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David M
St. Albert, Canada55 contributions
Couples
Spent an hour walking the boardwalk with our lab. Dogs need to be leashed although some folks do not comply. Beautiful sunny winter day with temperatures approaching zero. Lots of tracks and birds are plentiful. Lots of parking and it was not too busy. Will visit again.
Written March 5, 2020
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LorieG92
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada8 contributions
Friends
A beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon and we were to only kayaks on the entire Big Lake. We entered the water at the north end of 231 St (Edmonton, AB) following a small path over the guard rail and through the tall grass. The lake is surrounded by tall marsh grass which harbours all sorts of water and shore birds. We paddled 4 km to the old pier behind the "Enjoy Center", had a picnic lunch and paddled back again. Stick close to the south shore there and back or you may miss the narrows between the two parts of the lake!
Written September 2, 2014
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HunterConnect
Spruce Grove, Canada5 contributions
We know Snowmobiling is illegal in the Park and Big Lake.
So why is it going on so much this year?
We phoned Parks Spruce Grove and Alberta Parks General Info line and 6 left messages to find a phone number to phone with NO response.
This year we can hear them running with LOUD Aftermarket exhaust.
So what the heck is going on?
No one works with Parks Canada or don't give a hoot about the residents living around the park!
Shame on you!
POST A PHONE NUMBER SO WE CAN REPORT THIS NUISANCE!

On another Note:
What about the LOAD Gun shoots from the PIONEER GUN CLUB on the lake from Sturgeon County.
How do they get a permit firing live amo around a residential area and Lois Hole Provincial Park? WTF
Written February 13, 2020
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Fred F
Spruce Grove, Canada1 contribution
Family
Ye Pioneer Shooting Lodge is at it again. Shooting and scaring wildlife around the park.
Not only that, we were sitting around the deck with family and friends enjoying the piece and quite of county living, then BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG for 3 1/2 hrs this Saturday.
WTF, How do these idiots get a permit for shooting in a Provincial Park?
They are on the north side of Big Lake in Sturgeon County. Drop by a tell them how you feel about the noise! Time to shut them down!

Written March 21, 2020
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LorettaLoibersbek
St. Albert, Canada6 contributions
Couples
Since returning to St. Albert some months ago, I was so happy to visit Big Lake through the Lois Hole Park and marsh walk system. We saw cranes flying overhead, various ducks and at the look out (which is sadly not open yet), a multitude of snow geese staging in clouds, getting ready for the trip south. This is a wondrous place for communing with nature, solitude, fresh air and an all round joyful experience.

One sad note...…...not everyone on the walk is there for the same reason...….they bring their noisy kids and dogs and let them run wild...…..without concern for others or the wildlife. I spoke up to several of these louts.....who could only spout off about their rights!!
Your rights also include being responsible, to others, to creation. Rights with no accountability results in chaos...…….just watch the news!
Please go and see this wonderful sight and don't be afraid to speak up for it's protection and ongoing viability!
Written December 14, 2018
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Nonnita02
Canada860 contributions
Friends
Located in the outskirts of St. Albert. right next to the Enjoy Centre. A nature reserve.
We went there with our Walking Club for our weekly walk.
We enjoyed nature and its sounds to the fullest.
Lots of birds singing, mallards with baby ducklings, geese, herons and more.
A treat for the senses. A great boardwalk walk to walk over the swamp.
A hidden gem, not too far from the city.
There are no picnic facilities there, only an empty shelter, but, the Enjoy Centre is right next door. You can go there after the visit to the park.
We had one small issue to find the place, the Rodeo Drive sign was hard to see, not very visible, and many of us drove right past it and had to turn around.......
Written May 1, 2014
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STAN
Spruce Grove, Canada2 contributions
10:46 am Saturday morning, sitting on the deck watching the birds and 6 deer walk past the house.
THEN BANG, BANG, BANG, the birds fly off and the white tail deer scatter into the trees!

WTF.... OH ya, the GUN CLUB on BIG LAKE & with in the Boundary's of LOIS HOLE CENTENNIAL PARK.
No Warning Siren or Air Horn........ Nothing!!!
We are across the lake and the guns are F****G LOUD.
How do they get a Permit for Shooting in a Provincial Park???

Ye Pioneer Shooting Lodge is their name.

Complain here at Tripadvisor, or at
1: 780-939-4520 RCMP
2: 780-968-8888 Parkland County
3 : 780-960-8170 Alberta Parks
Written June 13, 2020
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mrsjsilver67
St. Albert, Canada8 contributions
Family
Love this park! On a typical day you can view several types of birds from mallards and geese to beavers, muskrats and squirrels. The boardwalk platforms allow you to get up close, even with a stroller. Lots of benches and areas to just sit and watch!
Written March 19, 2019
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Gregg B
High River, Canada45 contributions
Friends
I often include the trails and boardwalk as part of a run. There are only a few km of trails but it's very nice. The are in the process of adding parking near the boardwalk, when that is completed early 2016 I'm sure the park will see a lot more traffic.
Written December 23, 2015
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