Published on August 5, 2021
If you’re someone that loves being outside, St. Albert has lots to offer.
Head out early in the morning to Lois Hole Centennial Park (Big Lake) to see why it is one of the most important wildlife areas in Alberta. The lake and wetlands attract more than 220 bird species, including Trumpeter Swans, Sprague's Pipits, Peregrine Falcons, Short-eared Owls and Bald Eagles. The John E Poole Interpretive Boardwalk at Big Lake includes trails, boardwalks, a picnic area and interpretive signage to help you understand the unique ecosystem.
After all, that wildlife watching, pop into Enjoy Centre and get a snack to go as you’ll want to head over to the St. Albert Botanic Park next. Enjoy your snacks as you stroll along through this five-acre garden along the banks of the Sturgeon River. The Botanic Park is home to a beautiful display of Zone 2 and 3 plants and trees, including Alberta’s largest public rose garden - over 210 varieties. Make sure your camera is fully charged, or there is room on your phone for all the pictures you’ll want to take.
Lois Hole Centennial Park - is a globally significant Important Bird Area for its abundant and diverse bird populations, especially waterfowl and shorebirds.
John E Poole Interpretive Boardwalk - educates viewers on the intricacies and importance of wetlands in Alberta.
More to Do
Riverlot 56 - The Natural Area is a provincially owned and protected area for environmental, educational and recreational purposes. Several trails are marked out that provide a variety of hiking options or cross-country skiing in the winter.
Red Willow Trail system - 99.5 km of urban trails, mostly along the river valley, allows you to connect with nature and marvel at its beauty.
Last edited: August 13, 2021