Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park was established on April 19, 2005, becoming the 69th provincial park in Alberta with a total of 1421 hectares including Big Lake.
Big Lake is globally recognized as an Important Bird Area because it supports large nesting grounds and many migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Over 220 species of birds have been sighted within the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park, including tundra and trumpeter swans, yellowlegs, dowtichers, pectoral sandpipers, and more!
The lake is shallow, with an average depth in the middle of its two basins of less than 4 metres and supports considerable emergent vegetation such as cattails and bulrushes. Considered one of the most important wildlife habitats in Alberta, it’s amazing that an area so rich in natural wonders still exists in this modernizing world.
With the close proximity of this sustainable neighbourhood to Big Lake and the south-eastern edge of Lois Hole Provincial Park, residents can enjoy the wildlife, just minutes from their doorstep, on the viewing platform located along the eastern shore of Big Lake at the mouth of the Sturgeon River. Access to the platform is off Riel Drive in St. Albert, or from the Red Willow Trail system by following the trail west along the south bank of the Sturgeon River.