May 17 2019

Big Lake in Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park Springtime Fun

Tucked away in Edmonton’s Northwest, Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park is home to Big Lake, a mecca of Albertan wildlife and nature. Offering a variety of family-friendly activities, Lois Hole is second-to-none when it comes to natural beauty near the Hawks Ridge community. Ranging in depth from wildlife viewing and birdwatching to leisurely bike rides and canoeing, Big Lake guarantees to impress. With the weather finally taking a turn for the better, what nicer way to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine than in your very own backyard! Meet your match and discover the possibilities that lie within the charm of Alberta’s national parks. Read more to see what activities we’ll be sure not to miss this springtime in Hawks Ridge.

Watch the spring migration at Big Lake

Got an itch for impressive bird-watching? Here’s some good news! Big Lake has been home to more than 235 bird species, some 180 that are recorded annually. Join in on the excitement with BLESS (Big Lake Environment Support Society) on May 18th for World Migratory Bird Day as they witness the park’s seasonal migration. Just a short trip from the Hawks Ridge community and the whole family will be treated to sights of a plethora of species making their spring stop-off at Big Lake.


Do you love scavenger hunts and exploring nature? If so, you should try Geocaching in Lois Hole Centennial Park! Not familiar with geocaching? Geocaching started in 2000, and is a growing outdoor activity that involves using a GPS to navigate to a “geocache” (a hidden object or natural feature). All you need is a GPS or a smartphone and the free geocaching app and you will be set to go explore this provincial park!

Go for a paddle

Spanning a distance of about 8 km in length and 3 km at its widest point, Big Lake ensures a timely and peaceful canoe ride for the whole family. Equipped with several safe and accessible launch entries, the area provides a gentle canoeing environment for every family. Big Lake is easily accessible via its new parking lot located at the intersection of Ray Gibbon Drive and LeClair Way. Another parking option is available at Riel Drive, just a short walk along the Red Willow Trail System to Big Lake.

Located right next to one of the 20 most important habitat areas in Alberta, Hawks Ridge is proud to call Edmonton’s Northwest home. With the community’s advantageous location between the city and the Provincial Park, residents are gifted with amenities offered from the best of both worlds.

Visit Hawks Ridge today to discover your future home. Have a question for us? Reach out and let us know!

Thanks for reading, and enjoy!