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LAC LA BICHE REGION

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Plamondon Mud Bogs


CONTENTS 06 07 08

Mayor’s Welcome Getting Here & Getting Set Plan Your Trip

2020 EVENTS 12 15

Winter & Spring Events Summer & Fall Events

CULTURE & HISTORY 20 21 22 26

Culture & History Local Museums Indigenous Tourism Art & Music

OUR COMMUNITIES 30 Lac La Biche 31 Plamondon 32 Rural Communities 33 Indigenous Communities

LAKE LIFE 36 39 41 42 43 44

Beaches & Boats Public Boat Launches Provincial Parks Lakeland Canoe Circuit Gills Gone Wild Winter Escapades

ON THE WILD SIDE 49 Our Night Life 50 Rustic and Rural 51 Favourite Trails 52 Backcountry Exploration 53 Agritourism 54 Watchable Wildlife 55 Birdwatching

THE BASICS 58 Accommodations 62 Brews & Chews 64 Guides, Outfitters and Suppliers

PARKS & RECREATION 66

Recreation Facilities and Outdoor Leisure

SHOP LOCAL 68

Shop Local

Every effort has been made to include a wide variety of events, programs, and services that best represent our region. However, if you would like your program, event, or service included in the next edition of the Visitor Guide, please contact Lac La Biche County’s Tourism Marketing & Economic Development Coordinator at 780-623-6737 for more information on selection criteria. Produced by: Lac La Biche County Published by: Lac La Biche Post Advertising sales by: Lac La Biche Post

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Thank you to the following photographers: Girish Panicker, Zeyad Eludin, Allison Andria, Laura Pereira, Laureen Nowicki, Rianne Gabert, Mary Ann Flaherty, Pamela Pittman, Jason Caine, Mel Skladan, Sam Muise, Jana Rowe, Zen Seekers Media, and Travel Alberta.


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Welcome The Lac La Biche Region is your gateway to the incredible woods and waters of the Lakeland. The region is a year-round playground for those in search of authentic outdoor adventure, cultural connections and must-see events. We offer you the chance to discover something new and exciting, something to write home about, without even needing to go far from home.

We respectfully acknowledge Lac La Biche Region is located on Treaty 6 and Treaty 8 lands, the ancestral and traditional lands of First Nations and MĂŠtis peoples. 6 | laclabichecounty.com

Photo: Zeyad Eludin

LAC LA BICHE COUNTY


Midway between Edmonton and Fort McMurray, the Lac La Biche Region is easy to find and easy to explore.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS From Edmonton (approx. two hours and 30 minutes of driving time): Follow Highway 28 north for 145 kilometres, then turn left onto Highway 36. Follow Highway 36 north for 70 kilometres, through Kikino MĂŠtis Settlement and straight into the hamlet of Lac La Biche. From Fort McMurray (approx. three hours of driving time): Follow Highway 63 south for 240 kilometres, then turn left onto Highway 55. Follow Highway 55 east for 40 kilometres into Lac La Biche.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE The Lac La Biche Museum & Visitor Information Centre is your local source for information about our community and the region. Stop by to ask for directions, local attractions, restaurant recommendations and more. Hours Year-round: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from May to August (Monday-Friday only for remainder of the year) The museum is located on the corner of 99 Street and 101 Avenue (Main Street) in Lac La Biche. RV parking is available, and a public beach, playground and spray park are all just a short stroll away.

Cut out this coupon and bring it to the Visitor Information Centre (located inside the Lac La Biche Region Museum) to receive a free gift!* *Coupon expires December 31, 2020

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ESCAPE A

Relax in one of hundreds of drive-in campsites, a deluxe cabin or even a tipi on a comfortable weekend getaway.

B

Golf our green fairways to heaven. The Lac La Biche Golf & Country Club has 18 holes in a spectacular lakefront setting.

C

Lounge in the summer sun on a sandy beach, steps away from where you parked but miles away from all your cares.

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EXPLORE A

Conquer Alberta’s only backcountry paddling route, the Lakeland Canoe Circuit.

B

Hike, ride or ski through old-growth forests that feel untouched by the outside world.

C

Spot classic Canadian wildlife, and watch for more than 200 bird species throughout the region.


EXPERIENCE A

Sample Indigenous culture at the Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre – or immerse yourself in it at Beaver Lake Cree Nation and Heart Lake First Nation pow wows.

B

See history come to life at the Lac La Biche Mission, and dive into the region’s backstory at one of our local museums.

C

Attend one-of-a-kind community events with rustic and multicultural flair.

D

Experience the life of a wilderness trapper, deep in the boreal forest with “Trapper Paul” at Winefred Lake.

E

Bite into unique dishes with cultural connections, and visit Fat Unicorn Brewery to sample a locally brewed beer.

Search #TakeItToTheLake on Facebook and YouTube, or visit zenseekers.com/ campaign/takeittothelake to learn more about signature Lac La Biche Region experiences and share your own stories.

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EVENTS


Photo: Jason Caine


WINTER & SPRING Summer, winter, spring, fall – no matter the season, there is always fun to be had in Lac La Biche Region. For information on specific events, check out the Community Calendar online at laclabichecounty.com.

FEBRUARY Join the locals for outdoor recreation on the Family Day weekend at Fun in the Snow and the Family Day Festival, featuring music, bonfires, sleigh rides and more. This long weekend happens to be one of two free fishing weekends in the entire year. Later in the month, witness the high-octane thrills of the Winter Festival of Speed on the frozen surface of Lac La Biche Lake.

JANUARY

Feb. 6

Winter Walk Day

After ringing in the New Year, dust off the skis and hit the trails at Community Ski events at Shaw Lake Day Use Area. Avid hunters can feel the nail-biting anticipation at the Horn Scoring Show in Plamondon, and you can chuckle for a cause at Yuk Yuk’s Night, hosted by the Lac La Biche Gymnastics Society.

Feb. 8

Full Moon Night Ski at Shaw Lake

Date TBA

Lac La Biche Regional Health Foundation Gala

Feb. 10

Community Ski at Shaw Lake

Feb. 16-17

Family Day Weekend

Feb. 16

Family Fun in the Snow

Feb. 17

Family Day Festival

Feb. 17

Family Day at Portage Pool

Feb. 21-23

Bonspiel in Plamondon

Feb. 22

Music in the Forest feat. Sonia Deleo

Feb. 22-23

Winter Festival of Speed

Feb. 26

Lac La Biche Arts Club Paint Night at Ricky’s

Feb. 29

Adult Community Ski at Shaw Lake

Jan. 11

Adult Community Ski at Shaw Lake

Jan. 16

Music in the Forest feat. Brad Lynch Band

Jan. 17- 19

Ladies Bonspiel, Banquet & Entertainment

Jan. 26

Community Ski Day at Shaw Lake

Jan. 29

Lac La Biche Arts Club Paint Night at Ricky’s

Date TBA

Lac La Biche Gymnastics Society’s Yuk Yuk’s Night Monthly Movie (Adult date night and family matinee)

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Monthly Movie (Adult date night and family matinee)


APRIL

Music in the Forest

The days may be growing longer, but evening entertainment is all the rage with Music in the Forest at Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park and Comedy Night in Plamondon. Take advantage of the warmer weather with a ride across the rolling hills of Kikino Métis Settlement at the community’s Quad Rally, beginning at the Silver Birch Resort grounds.

MARCH Celebrate la francophonie and the approaching end of winter in the month of March. Taste the rustic old-fashioned delights at Cabane à Sucre in Plamondon. Return to hockey’s roots with the Kinsmen Pond Hockey Tournament, a popular tournament for kids on the frozen lake that attracts teams from across Alberta and Saskatchewan. As the snow starts to disappear, bring your ATV to the rural community of Hylo for the annual Quad Rally. March 1-22

Célébrer la Culture Française Cabane à Sucre à Plamondon Hockey en Fête a Plamondon

March 5

Kinsmen Pond Hockey Tournament

March 8

Season End Celebration and Community Ski Day at Shaw Lake

March 14-15

Sno Pitch Tournament

March 19

Music in the Forest feat. Von Bieker

March 20/21

Hylo Annual Quad Rally

March 25

Lac La Biche Arts Club Paint Night at Ricky’s Monthly Movie (Adult date night and family matinee)

Every Friday

Farmers’ Market

April 17

Music in the Forest feat. Sweet SantaFe

Date TBA

Kikino Quad Rally

Date TBA

Plamondon Comedy Night

April 22

Lac La Biche Arts Club Paint Night at Ricky’s Monthly Movie (Adult date night and family matinee)

MAY Equestrians will find a lot to enjoy in the Lac La Biche Region. The Heart Ride Hoof-A-Thon in Atmore raises funds for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and the Rich Lake Family Trail Ride evokes the olden days of travelling through the wilds by wagon. A different kind of horsepower dominates at Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement’s Quad Rally. Every Friday

Farmers’ Market

May 2

Heart Ride Hoof-A-Thon

Date TBA

Billy McDonald Open Rodeo Series

May 17

Music in the Forest feat. Andrew Judah

May 20

Lac La Biche Arts Club Paint Night at Ricky’s

May 23

Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement Quad Rally

May 30

Rich Lake Family Trail Ride

The shop to visit for Footwear Clothing Safety Wear & much more For the Best prices on all brands and styles of clothing visit us on 10247-101 Ave. Lac La Biche Call 780 623 2880

Find us on Call 780 623 4512 Email: llbmodernwears@gmail.com

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Come On In & Experience The “Country” In Lac La Biche County July 31 & August 1, 2020

Horticultural Bench Show Farmer’s Market Arts & Crafts Music on the Porch Children’s Festival BBQ Concession

Friday & Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Ladies Breakaway ❖ Jr. Steer Riding ❖ PeeWee Barrels ❖ Bareback ❖ Saddle Bronc ❖ Bull Riding ❖ Team Roping ❖ Mini Bronc Riding ❖ Novice Horse Riding ❖ Barrel Racing ❖ Jr. Break-Away Roping ❖ Jr. Barrel Racing

at the AGRICOM

Don’t miss the Lac La Biche Farmer’s Market! PH: 780-623-8002 Every Friday 3:00-5:30 pm April - December

780-623-7888 www.LacLaBicheAgSociety.com

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Photo: Girish Panicker

SUMMER & FALL JUNE

JULY

A little bit of the East Coast comes west at the Rotary Lobster Fest. The Plamondon Jamboree is a down-home country music showcase, and golf season is in full swing at Hope Haven Golf Tournament, an annual fundraiser for Hope Haven Women’s Shelter at one of Alberta’s most beautiful golf courses. An immersive and eye-opening Indigenous cultural celebration and experience awaits at Beaver Lake Cree Nation Pow Wow.

Canada Day at the Lac La Biche Mission lets you celebrate our country’s birthday with multicultural festivities at one of the oldest sites in Alberta. Extend your stay until the weekend to have a roarin’ good time at Plamondon Mud Bog, where there’s bound to be excitement (and mud!) in the air. Be sure to explore Plamondon’s pioneer past at the local museum and Mini Parc Heritage Park. July 1

Lac La Biche Mission Canada Day Celebration

Farmers’ Market

Every Friday

Farmers’ Market

June 6

Community Garage Sale

July 3 -5

Plamondon Mud Bogs

Date TBA

4H Achievement Day

Mad about Science

June 12-14

Plamondon Jamboree

July 3 Aug. 14

June 17

Lac La Biche Arts Club Paint Night at Ricky’s

July 17-19

Lac La Biche Annual Pow Wow Days

June 24

Metis Crossing Grand Opening and Western Canada Red River Voyage

July 11

Music in the Forest feat. Casati

July 18

Alberta Parks Day

Date TBA

Plamondon Heritage Days – Mini Parc

July 25

Music in the Forest feat. Louise, Lately

June 1

Rotary Lobster Fest

Every Friday

Date TBA

Hope Haven Golf Tournament

Date TBA

National Aboriginal Day

Date TBA

Summer Solstice Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Date TBA

Beaver Lake Cree Nation Pow Wow

June 28

Music in the Forest feat. Rory Taillon

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AUGUST

NOVEMBER

Get in on the action or just spectate as the long weekend comes to life with Mid-Summer Sports Days and the Lakeland Country Fair, which includes a two-night rodeo spectacle. The Kikino Silver Birch Rodeo and Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement Rodeo add Métis spirit to the mix, and Heart Lake First Nation Pow Wow provides a unique opportunity to learn more about Canada’s First Nations and their storied traditions.

The curling season starts with the Oilmen’s Bonspiel, the first of many competitive curling events throughout the winter season. Métis Week highlights the history, culture and contributions of the Métis people, who played – and continue to play – vital roles in building our community. If you’re in the mood for Christmas shopping, the Festival of Trees and Shopping Extravaganza promises big finds.

July 31 – Aug. 1

Lakeland Country Fair & Rodeo

Every Friday

Farmers’ Market

Every Friday

Farmers’ Market

Nov. 6-8

Oilmen’s Bonspiel

Aug. 1-3

Mid-Summer Sports Days

Nov. 11

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Aug. 8

Music in the Forest feat. Brooklyn Doran

Nov. 12

Rural Women’s Conference

Nov. 9-15

Métis Week

Nov. 28

Festival of Trees and Shopping Extravaganza

Nov. 27

Light up the Night Santa Claus Parade

Aug. 15-16

Heart Lake First Nation Pow Wow

Aug. 16-17

Alberta Open Farm Days

Date TBA

Kikino Silver Birch Rodeo

Aug. 21-22

Hylo Harvest Days

Date TBA

Date TBA

Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement Rodeo

Monthly Movie (Adult date night and family matinee)

Date TBA

Lac La Biche Arts Club Paint Night at Ricky’s

SEPTEMBER Away from big-city lights, stand in awe of the heavens at the Lakeland Dark Sky Celebration. Fall is the start of Northern Lights viewing season, after all. Another Quad Rally in Kikino Métis Settlement is a great way to bid farewell to summer, as you ride under canopies of orange and yellow.

DECEMBER Spread holiday cheer with French flair at Plamondon’s Festival de Noël, or a historic touch with Christmas at the Mission. As the end of the year approaches, the Light Up The Night Santa Claus Parade delivers small-town Yuletide charm.

Farmers’ Market 3pm-5pm

Every Friday

Farmers Market (until Dec. 11)

Sept. 4-7

Kikino Quad Rally/Mud Bog/ Triple ‘R’ Triathlon/Kids’ Rodeo

Dec. 2

Santa comes to Town!

Sept. 18-20

Lakeland Dark Sky Celebration

Dec. 5

Christmas Festival de Noel

Sept. 20-26

Culture Days

Date TBA

Christmas at the Mission

Dec. 12

Plamondon Community Business Christmas Party

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Mass

Date TBA

Monthly Movie (Adult date night and family matinee)

Date TBA

Lac La Biche Arts Club Paint Night at Ricky’s

Every Friday

OCTOBER Events move indoors and focus on communitybuilding as temperatures start to drop. Indulge your inner oenophile with help from a local sommelier at the Rotary Wine Tasting Fundraiser, then don a costume for the Halloween Dance and Murder Mystery. Every Friday

Farmers’ Market

Oct. 18

Lac La Biche Princess Tea

Oct. 18

Diocese Mass

Oct. 24

Rotary Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Oct. 31

Halloween Dance and Murder Mystery

Date TBA

Lac La Biche Arts Club Paint Night at Ricky’s

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Remember to check out the Community Calendar online for event details:

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Lac La Biche Mission Historic Site

• Discover this 1853 mission site • Explore newly restored historical buildings • Learn about the lives of Mission residents • Examine new historical & cultural exhibits Celebrate Canda Day at the Mission July 1

Open from May Long Weekend until August 31 10am to 6pm Seven days a week Ph: 780.623.3274 E: llbhs@mcsnet.ca

A National and Provincial Historic Site Located 11km West of Lac La Biche

www.laclabichemission.com

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HISTORY &CULTURE


Photo: Zeyad Eludin

HISTORY & CULTURE Let the Lac La Biche Region take you back in time. Our story began long ago – before Alberta became a province, before Canada became a country, before Europeans settled the northwest. Come and experience this land of living history that’s brought together a wealth of cultural groups from all around the world. In addition to local museums, visit our historic places of worship like Lac La Biche’s Al-Kareem Mosque, the second-oldest mosque in Canada, and Plamondon’s St. Isidore Church.

Famous explorer and mapmaker David Thompson was the first European to reach the shores of Lac La Biche Lake, back in 1798. A fort and trading post were built soon after, making the hamlet of Lac La Biche the second-oldest permanent settlement in Alberta.

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LAC LA BICHE MISSION 67453 Mission Road • Open 10 am to 5 pm every day The Lac La Biche Mission was established in 1853, and it was an important landmark of the fur trade era and the pioneer age that followed. In its heyday, the Mission had pride of place in a vast transportation network that stretched across the Prairies and into the Northwest Territories. Take a guided or self-guided tour of this picturesque National Historic Site, complete with heritage buildings and exhibits, to glimpse life in the olden days. The Mission is located 11 kilometres northwest of Lac La Biche. 780-623-3274 • laclabichemission.com

LAC LA BICHE REGIONAL MUSEUM Corner of 99 Street and 101 Avenue, Lac La Biche Open 9 am to 5 pm every day from May to August (Monday - Friday only for remainder of the year) Dive into the history of the Lac La Biche Region, from the early years to modern times. Discover the people and events that shaped our community, meet the wildlife of the boreal forest, and take an up-close look at unique local treasures – like a giant 14-foot model ship – that have stories all their own. The museum’s archives are open to visitors who want to delve even deeper. Make new discoveries in 2020 with special events like Indigenous Storytelling and Textile Arts Demonstrations. Interpretive tours are offered year-round upon request. 780-623-1727 • laclabichemuseum.com

PLAMONDON MUSEUM & MINI PARC HERITAGE PARK 98 Avenue, Plamondon Open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday-Saturday during summer The hamlet of Plamondon is one of the only places in Alberta that are officially recognized as bilingual, and residents are proud of their heritage. Plamondon’s francophone vibes, cultural mélange and homegrown fondness for the arts give the hamlet a special identity. The Plamondon Museum takes visitors back to the early 1900s, when French-speaking pioneers came to start new lives in Alberta. You can also visit the charming Mini Parc Heritage Park, and walk among miniature replicas of Plamondon’s very first buildings and homesteads. If you speak français, residents will love hearing it! 780-798-3193

PORTAGE COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLES’ ART AND ARTIFACTS 9531 94 Avenue, Lac La Biche Open Monday - Friday, 9 am to 3:30 pm Indigenous peoples have inhabited this land for thousands of years, and Portage College takes pride in displaying authentic Indigenous art pieces. Tour the world’s only permanent collection of works by the Professional Native Indian Artists Inc., and learn about centuriesold Aboriginal art forms from across Canada. Join a workshop to craft your very own souvenir while learning in-depth about time-honoured traditions, or buy a one-of-a-kind masterpiece from the gallery store. 780-623-5536 • portagecollege.ca/museum

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Before all others, Indigenous peoples travelled the woods and waters of the Lakeland. Cultural traditions thousands of years old are preserved and celebrated throughout the Lac La Biche Region.

BEAVER LAKE CREE NATION AND HEART LAKE FIRST NATION POW WOWS Dates TBA For generations, Pow Wows have been special occasions for Indigenous families and Nations to meet to, exchange news and goods, and celebrate their culture. Now a Pow Wow is the perfect way for you to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of First Nations heritage. Dancers’ regalia is elaborate and unique, and every dance has a story. Beaver Lake Cree Nation and Heart Lake First Nation are both part of the Pow Wow circuit, attracting hundreds of performers from across North America.

MÉTIS CROSSING Metiscrossing.org / 780-656-2229 / metiscrossing@metis.org 17339 Victoria Trail, Smoky Lake County A major showcase of Métis culture and history is only a short drive outside the Lac La Biche Region. Past and present come together at this historic site, where you can discover the story of the Métis people, try your hand at traditional crafts, learn to jig, and spend a night in a Métis trapper’s tent. •

Paddle Into The Past: An immersive four-hour cultural journey, including a jaunt down the North Saskatchewan River in a voyageur canoe to Victoria Settlement.

HIDEAWAY ADVENTURE GROUNDS 780-212-1725 / hideawayadventure@gmail.com Township Road 624, Kikino Métis Settlement Rekindle your connection to nature. Your host, John Ritchie, left the hustle and bustle of the city to rediscover his roots and his kinship with the earth. Here you have an opportunity to live off the grid and off the land, pushing your own boundaries and learning traditional Métis teachings. Practice shelter-building, finding medicinal plants and more in an endless aspen forest.

LAC LA BICHE CANADIAN NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE AND INDIGENOUS SPIRIT CREATIONS Llb-cnfc.com / 780-623-3249 / spirit@llb-cnfc.com 10105 Churchill Drive, Lac La Biche Shop for an authentic Indigenous souvenir made by a local artisan. Originally founded to support and empower the region’s Aboriginal peoples, the Friendship Centre also works to promote and share Indigenous culture with others, so ask about joining programs, attending events or connecting with cultural ambassadors.

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POW WOW ETIQUETTE: • Ask for permission before taking photos of dancers or touching regalia. • The MC will announce when dances and ceremonies shouldn’t be photographed. • You can join an intertribal dance when the MC says it’s okay. • When in doubt, ask. Call the Visitor Information Centre at (780) 623-1727 for guidance.

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TIPIS AT SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL PROVINCIAL PARK For tipi bookings: albertaparks.ca / 1-877-537-2757 For cultural programming and Hudson’s Bay Company bedding: 780-623-3249 / spirit@llb-cnfc.com Twin tipis stand proudly above the shores of Lac La Biche Lake, inviting you to spend the night and learn more about these icons of First Nations culture. Contact the Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre to supplement your stay with Indigenous cultural programming, and ask for the iconic Hudson’s Bay Company bedding so you can sleep like a 19th-century explorer.

PORTAGE COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLES’ ART & ARTIFACTS Portagecollege.ca/museum / 780-623-6693 / museum@portagecollege.ca 9531 94 Avenue, Lac La Biche See the world’s only permanent collection of works by the Professional Native Indian Artists Inc., also known as the Indian Group of Seven, and explore First Nations, Métis and Inuit exhibits. Discover the craftsmanship behind traditional art forms like hide tanning, beading and quilling, and join a workshop to craft your very own souvenir.

TRAPPER PAUL AT WINEFRED LAKE OUTFITTERS 780-404-3213 / aulsher@hotmail.com Northeast of Lac La Biche and southeast of Conklin Paul Padlesky (Trapper Paul to his friends) and his wife Sherri operate a year-round getaway in the far northeastern corner of the Lac La Biche Region. Paul’s passion for the Lakeland drives him to share the Métis traditions he was taught as a youngster, traditions that teach respect for Mother Earth and her children. In the winter, learn how Trapper Paul got that name when he guides you through a trapping expedition of your own.

BUFFALO LAKE MÉTIS SETTLEMENT CULTURAL INTERPRETIVE CENTRE 780-689-2170 / 17207 Buffalo Lake Drive, Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement / Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday Buffalo Lake is one of two Métis Settlements in the Lac La Biche Region. Métis culture is a fusion of European and Indigenous traditions, originating in the days of the fur trade. Buffalo Lake’s Cultural Interpretive Centre shares community history and artifacts with visitors. Call ahead to find out if cultural programming is available.

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Explore, Discover, Imagine! LAC LA BICHE MUSEUM & VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Located on Main Street

9910 - 101 Avenue

New exhibits!

Expanded gift shop and visitor centre!

WE ARE OPEN 9:00am - 5:00pm Summer 7 days/week Winter Monday-Friday FIND US ON MAIN STREET on the edge of downtown just steps from the main beach at McArthur Park

(780) 623-1727 www.laclabichemuseum.com /llbmuseum

@LLB_Museum

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The Lac La Biche Region’s eclectic art scene has centuries of history and generations of multiculturalism behind it, all combined with a special Lakeland flavour.

INDIGENOUS ARTISAN CO-OP Opening in 2020 on 101 Avenue, Lac La Biche Network with up-and-coming local artists whose passion and collaboration drive this exciting new business, and shop for an Indigenous artwork to take home with you.

MUSIC IN THE FOREST See the Events section for 2020 concert dates. Visit albertaparks.ca for tickets. Alberta Parks invites you to the new community hall at Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park, where music and the island’s own natural soundtrack come together. Monthly concerts feature talent from across North America, bringing everything from jazz tunes to folk rhythms.

PORTAGE COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLES’ ART & ARTIFACTS See page 21 for more information. Portage College proudly displays authentic Indigenous artworks, both historic and modern. Among the pieces on display are never-before-seen works by internationally known artists Joseph Sanchez, Alex Janvier, Jane Ash Poitras and Jason Carter.

PLAMONDON JAMBOREE June 12 - 14 at Festival Centre, Plamondon Bring your dancing shoes and practice your two-step, because the country music plays all day long at the Plamondon Jamboree. Musicians from across Western Canada come to strum their guitars, and free onsite camping means you always have VIP access.

Stop by the Visitor Information Centre to start your self-guided tour of the region’s art displays.

fresh flowers • giftware • jewellery 780-623-3018 www.reminiscenceflowers.com

Lac La Biche Bingo Association Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evening Doors Open 4:30 pm Come and enjoy a game or two and walk away with some great prizes.

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Serving Lac La Biche & area for 14 years!

Fresh Flowers ¤ Silk Plants Giftware ¤ Cards ¤ Gold & Silver Jewellery ¤ Diamonds ¤ Gift Baskets Chocolates ¤ Books & Bibles Pictures ¤ Bath Bombs Ty ¤ Watch & Jewellery Repairs #200, 10233-101 Ave Lac La Biche


The towering steel sculpture of a feather outside the Bold Center in Lac La Biche may just be the largest feather sculpture in Alberta.

Myc Sharratt performing at Music in the Forest (July 2019).

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OUR COMMUNITIES


Photo: Zeyad Eludin


Photo: Zeyad Eludin

LAC LA BICHE The hamlet of Lac La Biche is the region’s primary service centre. From rugged beginnings as a fur trading post, the hamlet has grown to feature all the comforts of home. Enjoy lunch downtown or have a waterside picnic in McArthur Park, then stroll along the lakefront to the statue of David Thompson. The area around the hamlet is filled with attractions for those who don’t want to stray too far. Connect with talented local artisans and vendors at the Farmers Market, or play a round at the spectacular Lac La Biche Golf & Country Club. Amenities: Accommodations, recreation centre, entertainment, fuel and supplies, food, shopping, lake access, trails, parks, museums, Visitor Information Centre, equipment rentals, local airport, bus/taxi services

• 18 Hole Course • Pro Shop Driving Range Licensed Food & Concessions Facility Golf Pro-Lance Palamaruk Greens Superintendent-Steven Levesque Golf & Country Club

Tel 780•623•4288 www.golflaclabiche.com

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Play 18 holes for the price of 9 only with the rental of a power cart Monday to Thursday excluding holidays Coupon valid: May-September 2020


PLAMONDON The spire of St. Isidore’s Church stands tall above the bilingual hamlet of Plamondon, located 30 kilometres east of Lac La Biche. See what’s happening at the Festival Centre – it could be a community play; it could be the country music showcase of Plamondon Jamboree – and take selfies with the waist-high buildings in the Mini Parc Heritage Park. Amenities: Accommodations, community centre, entertainment, fuel and supplies, food, shopping, trails, parks, museum, equipment rentals

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Phone: Pdcds Office at 780-798-3478 Email: pdcdsplamondon@gmail,com

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Photo: Girish Panicker

RURAL COMMUNITIES Settlers converging on the Lac La Biche Region founded many communities based around farming, logging and other livelihoods throughout the 1900s. Each has its own special character and place in regional history. Events like HyloVenice Harvest Days, rodeos, trail rides and quad rallies celebrate local heritage, community connections and good old-fashioned country lifestyles. Come see what awaits in the rolling countryside. CASLAN, HYLO-VENICE, RICH LAKE, OWL RIVER Amenities: Community centres, fuel and supplies, lake access, trails, parks, museum MUSEUM OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLES' ART & ARTIFACTS AND TRADITIONS GALLERY AND STORE

Exhibits include:

With nearly 2,000 traditional and contemporary Indigenous artworks.

Giftware and Traditional Arts Store Come for a self-guided tour or call ahead for guided tour.

Donna Feledichuk, Museum Director 780-623-5536 | Toll free: 1-866-623-5551 museum@portagecollege.ca

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Basket Display Woodlands Contemporary Art Hide Tanning

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Inuit Art Northwest Coast Art Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. Traditional Arts

Hours of operation: Monday – Friday | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Self-guided tours: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES The Lac La Biche Region has been home to Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. The reserve lands of Beaver Lake, Heart Lake and Whitefish (Goodfish) Lake are home to Cree nations, whose members practice traditional ways of life that honour both their ancestors and generations yet to come. The Métis people are descended from both French-Canadian and First Nations ancestors, and their culture reflects this blended heritage. Alberta is the only province in Canada that has lands dedicated to the Métis people, and two of these Métis Settlements – Kikino and Buffalo Lake – are found in the Lac La Biche Region. BEAVER LAKE CREE NATION, BUFFALO LAKE METIS SETTLEMENT, HEART LAKE FIRST NATION, KIKINO METIS SETTLEMENT, WHITEFISH (GOODFISH) LAKE FIRST NATION Amenities: Accommodations, community centres, entertainment, fuel and supplies, food, lake access, trails, parks, museum

Please note that it is respectful to first connect with First Nations or Métis Settlements you are visiting to ensure you are welcomed onto their lands.

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LAKE LIFE


Photo: Rianne Gabert

You’re never far from the water in the Lac La Biche Region, where more than 150 lakes are yours for the choosing.

WATERCRAFT RENTALS

PUBLIC BEACHES

LAKELAND EXPEDITION RENTALS

LAC LA BICHE LAKE: • McArthur Park, hamlet of Lac La Biche • Plamondon Whitesands Resort • Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park (Boardwalk Beach, Camper’s Beach, Day Use)

BEAVER LAKE: • Beaver Lake Provincial Recreation Area • Spruce Point Resort, Beaver Lake Cree Nation (fee for day use) • Young’s Beach

FORK LAKE CAMPGROUND HEART LAKE CAMPGROUND NORTH BUCK LAKE CAMPGROUND TOUCHWOOD LAKE CAMPGROUND WHITEFISH LAKE

• Kikino Silver Birch Resort, Kikino Métis Settlement (fee for day use)

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Canoes and fishing boats 780-623-1941

OFF ROAD RENTALS AND SALES Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards 780-623-8020

WINEFRED LAKE LODGE Fishing boats

780-713-5578

PLAMONDON WHITESANDS RESORT Pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats and motorboats* 780-798-2254 *Can only be removed from resort area at the discretion of staff

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL PROVINCIAL PARK (CAMPGROUND STORE)

Canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards 780-623-4144


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Phone: 780-798-2254 Email: whitesands@mcsnet.ca Visit us at https://sites.google.com/site/plamondonwhitesandsresort

www.ElinorLakeResort.com Lot Sales: 1-877-623-3990 42 km SE of Lac La Biche

Own your piece of paradise on spectacular Elinor Lake; on the doorstep to Alberta’s premier northern provincial park, Lakeland Provincial Park. Large annual lease lots available. Lots for sale in the Elinor Lake Condominium. laclabichecounty.com | 37


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BOAT LAUNCHES LAC LA BICHE LAKE: • Bayview Beach • Blais Resort • Golden Sands • Churchill Drive, hamlet of Lac La Biche • Maccagno Point • North Shore • Old Trail • Poplar Point (expected to open in 2020) • Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park • Sunset Bay BEAVER LAKE: • Beaver Lake Provincial Recreation Area • Holowachuk Estates • Spruce Point Resort (Beaver Lake Cree Nation) • Young’s Beach LAKELAND PROVINCIAL RECREATION AREA: • Ironwood Lake • Pinehurst Lake • Seibert Lake • Touchwood Lake ELINOR LAKE (at Elinor Lake Resort) Photo: Zeyad Eludin

FORK LAKE HEART LAKE (Heart Lake First Nation) NORTH BUCK LAKE (North Buck Lake Provincial Recreation Area) SQUARE LAKE WHITEFISH LAKE (Kikino Silver Birch Resort, Kikino Métis Settlement – fee for use)

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LEGEND ATV/UTV Trails

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Dark Sky

Backcountry

Day Use

Beach

Educational Programming

Bird Watching

Fishing

Boat Launch

Hiking Trails

Boat Trolley

Paddling

Camping

Playground

Canoe/Kayak/SUP Rentals

Star Gazing

Cell Phone Reception

Store

Limited Cell Phone Reception

Wildlife


PROVINCIAL PARKS As the saying goes, “there is no Wi-Fi in the forest, but we promise you will find a better connection.”

BEAVER LAKE PROVINCIAL RECREATION AREA Sand, sun and surf are all on the itinerary. The vast beach on the north shore of Beaver Lake beckons for a day of boating, fishing, sunbathing and swimming. Individual and group camping facilities are available for when the sun goes down.

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL PROVINCIAL PARK One of the most unique parks in the province, Sir Winston Churchill sprawls across seven islands in Lac La Biche Lake. The islands protect old-growth forests, where hundreds of bird species wait in the branches for you to spot them. The main islands are accessible by a causeway, and they feature a variety of camping options, including cabins and tipis, and year-round hiking trails through a special ecosystem hundreds of years in the making.

LAKELAND PROVINCIAL PARK AND PROVINCIAL RECREATION AREA This park is all about size. A combined 590 square kilometres of protected area covers 11 major lakes, all connected by 45 kilometres’ worth of trails and portages through unspoiled wilderness. Mother Nature isn’t just your neighbour here – she’s your roommate.

LAKELAND CANOE CIRCUIT Live like a modern-day voyageur and experience the boreal forest backcountry like never before. Alberta’s only backcountry canoe circuit takes ambitious paddlers on a three-day, 40-kilometre journey through the interior of Lakeland Provincial Park, to remote sites and hidden waters that others don’t get to see. See the following page for more information.

CROW LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK Campers and paddlers who appreciate seclusion will find a lot to enjoy about Crow Lake. The impressive view of the lake from Highway 63 is just the start. Campground amenities are very basic and motorized watercraft are not permitted on the lake, so it’s just you and your paddle as you head over to spot wildlife in the nearby Crow Lake Ecological Reserve.

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LAKELAND PROVINCIAL PARK The Lac La Biche Region’s greatest adventure starts with a humble trail through the woods, and the promise of an unforgettable experience. Portage your canoe or kayak to Jackson Lake and embark on the Lakeland Canoe Circuit, Alberta’s only backcountry paddling route. The full circuit includes Jackson, Kinnaird, Blackett and McGuffin Lakes and takes three days to complete. You may wish to stay longer, though, as the wilderness works its magic. On the water, you have total freedom to explore and discover little pieces of paradise that landbased travellers can’t access. Your days start with beautiful sunrises over misty lakes, and end with loons calling under starry skies. Jackson Lake Staging Area is the preferred starting point for the circuit. It is located on Highway 663, east of Lac La Biche on the way to Touchwood Lake.

For more information, visit albertaparks.ca

ISLAND TOURING Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park Why stay on land when you’re visiting Alberta’s only park of islands? A stand-up paddleboard (SUP) gives you a whole new perspective, with the added benefit of a great workout. Serious SUPers can go all the way around the main island in a day, checking in at sandy beaches and scoping out hidden coves and shoreline marshes that can’t be seen from most hiking trails.

SUMMER CANOE TRIP – NIKO WILDERNESS EDUCATION Nikowilderness.com / 403-993-2805 / nikowilded@gmail.com Tackle the Lakeland Canoe Circuit with an experienced wilderness guide on a fourday, three-night paddling expedition. The boreal forest is your proving ground, where you’ll learn survival skills and forge a stronger connection to Mother Nature.

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When you cast a line in the Lac La Biche Region, you’re not just catching great fish – you’re catching great memories. Stop for bait, tackle and tips about fishing hot spots at local suppliers and outfitters. BURBOT • LAKE WHITEFISH • NORTHERN PIKE • WALLEYE • YELLOW PERCH

Refer to Alberta Sportfishing Regulations for information about which fish can be kept and where catch-and-release rules apply.

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Boats Outboards ATV/UTV/SUV Motorcycles Power Products Accessories Supplies

The Ultimate Outdoor Experience Celebrating 44 Years in Business 780-623-4145

Fax: 780-623-1744 • Mainstreet, Lac La Biche • Email: LLBSportingGoods@telusplanet.net

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In the Lac La Biche Region, winter is not a time to hunker down indoors. It’s a time to test your mettle, brave the elements, and be rewarded with incredible experiences.

ICE FISHING Ice fishing has an undeniable social aspect, as “villages” of fishing shelters appear on local lakes, and friends and families go looking for prize catches. Visiting anglers can stay in fully equipped cabins on frozen Lac La Biche Lake, provided by Lakeland Expeditions Rentals. Book one for a night or a whole weekend of ice fishing in comfort. Lakelandexpeditions.com • 780-404-5056 • info@lakelandexpeditions.com

WINTER FESTIVAL OF SPEED February 22-23 / Lac La Biche Lake near McArthur Park Imagine putting the pedal to the metal and speeding across the frozen surface of Lac La Biche Lake, drifting around corners and sending rooster-tails of snow flying into the air. This ice racing spectacle calls thrill-seekers with nerves of steel from across Western Canada to race cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles and more. You can even get behind the wheel yourself in a charity race, with proceeds going to support local causes.

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CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING See the Events section for planned community skiing activities. Under a blanket of snow, the boreal forest falls silent. The only sound is the whisper of skis passing over powder. As you glide through a winter wonderland, lose yourself in the movement, and let the full-body exertion keep the chill at bay. Head to Shaw Lake Day Use Area in Lakeland Provincial Park to access a network of groomed ski trails circling the lake and weaving through the woods.

TRAPPER PAUL AT WINEFRED LAKE OUTFITTERS 780-404-3213 / aulsher@hotmail.com / Northeast of Lac La Biche, southeast of Conklin Trapping is a livelihood as old as time, passed down in families from one generation to the next. Paul Padlesky (Trapper Paul to his friends) is a former fur trader who learned the art of trapping from his grandfather, and now he guides visitors through the experience at Winefred Lake Outfitters, imparting Métis teachings that emphasize respect for the land and appreciation for Mother Nature’s bounty. Dabble in a rugged way of life that’s slowly vanishing in other parts of the world but that lives on in these frozen wilds.

Brewery Phone:

825.837.2013

Tap & Grill Phone:

825.837.2014

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ON THE WILD SIDE


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OUR NIGHT LIFE On clear nights, the skies above the Lac La Biche Region come to life. Here you have a frontrow seat for stargazing and viewing the Northern Lights. Even for locals born and raised in the area, the sight of the Northern Lights never gets old. You, too, will be amazed by the otherworldly banners of green and purple rippling across the sky. For the best chance of witnessing this beautiful phenomenon, visit in the late fall or winter when daylight hours are shorter. Use free Northern Lights-tracking apps like My Aurora Forecast to help plan your viewing experience.

DARK SKY PRESERVE Lakeland Provincial Park & Provincial Recreation Area together form an official Dark Sky Preserve, which means they’re totally free of light pollution. The preserve is only a 30-minute drive east of Lac La Biche, offering fantastic opportunities to see constellations, meteor showers, the Milky Way and more in all their glory. Join Alberta Parks for the annual Lakeland Dark Sky Celebration in September!

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RUSTIC AND RURAL The Lac La Biche Region lifestyle is all about community and being outside, with the simple joy of the endless countryside. Join us for local events and experiences with an unmistakable country flourish.

PLAMONDON MUD BOG & SLO-PITCH July 3 - 5, 2020 / Festival Centre, Plamondon Racing is a dirty business – literally – at this muddy motorsport spectacle. Take advantage of onsite camping for the daytime mud races and slo-pitch games and evening entertainment.

LOCAL RODEOS Visit the community events calendar on laclabichecounty.com for up-to-date info. Alberta is cowboy country, and the sport and spirit of rodeo are celebrated all summer long in the Lac La Biche Region. Lakeland Country Fair July 31-August 1, 2020 • Lakeland Agricom Rodeo’s agricultural connection is highlighted here, with a horticultural bench show and country market to go with the buckin’ and ropin’ action. Kikino Silver Birch Rodeo August 19-20, 2020 • Kikino Silver Birch Resort Take classic rodeo thrills like barrel racing and bull riding, then add exhilarating wagon races and festivities featuring Métis cultural flair.

QUAD RALLIES Check the Events section for individual rally details. There’s nothing like hurtling down a woodland trail, bouncing over rocks and roots, seeing the trees whip past and feeling a fresh breeze on your face. Quad rallies are iconic country moments, bringing raw adrenaline, friendly competition and beautiful scenery together for truly wild rides.

DIESEL’S OWL HOOT CABINS 780-623-2134 • owlriver8@mcsnet.ca If you value peace and quiet, Diesel’s Owl Hoot Cabins offer you the kind of natural serenity you just can’t find in the big city. A stone’s throw away from the Owl River, these homes away from home are a perfect base for floats and paddling trips on the river.

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FAVOURITE TRAILS On foot or on wheels, the Lac La Biche Region is yours to explore.

Lakefront Walking Path: A paved path follows the south shore of Lac La Biche Lake. Park at McArthur Park and head west to see the statue of David Thompson. A few blocks away on the east side of the hamlet, another path follows Lakeland Drive, leading all the way to Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park. Boardwalk Trail at Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park (pictured above): Begin with a boardwalk and end with a beach, climbing and winding through a centuries-old forest. A viewing platform for observing the nearby Pelican Islands is located near the trailhead. Long Point Trail at Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park: Hike to the western tip of the park’s main island, admiring panoramic lake views throughout the two-kilometre walk. ATV and Snowmobile Trails in Lakeland Provincial Park & Provincial Recreation Area: The protected primeval wilderness east of Lac La Biche has 140 kilometres’ worth of trails suitable for off-road vehicles. There are four ATV staging areas, giving adventurous riders access to remote backcountry camping and day-use sites. Visit albertaparks.ca for more information.

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BACKCOUNTRY EXPLORATION Venture off the beaten path. Take the road less travelled. You’ve heard these sayings before. The Lac La Biche Region is where you can turn words into action. Old Conklin Road North of Lac La Biche Lake, the wilderness is open to all, but adventured by few. The Old Conklin Road winds through the sea of trees, taking you past old cutlines and trappers’ cabins, deep into Crown land where backcountry camping and exploration await. The road is not an all-weather route, and the journey to Goodwin, Steepbank and Wappau Lakes can be an adventure in itself. Go far enough north and you might even spot rare endangered woodland caribou. The backcountry in the Lac La Biche Region is open to all who respect it. Help take care of the land by practicing no-trace camping, exploring responsibly and showing respect for the natural environment.

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AGRITOURISM Agriculture in the Lac La Biche Region is a product of its environment. It’s culturally diverse, uniquely situated, and at your fingertips. Farmers Market Every Friday from 3-5:30 p.m. at Lakeland Agricom on Highway 881, from April 3 to December 11 The weekly Farmers Market is your one-stop shop for everything from fresh produce and baked goods to preserves, art pieces, one-of-a-kind knickknacks and more. Table after table of locally grown and crafted wares, reflecting new innovations and generations-old traditions, together make an incredible showcase of the community’s talents. Fat Unicorn Brewery Fubrew.com / 780-623-0477 / 9024 Beaver Hill Road, Lac La Biche What started as a hobby for brewer Paul Reutov has now made a bold entrance into Alberta’s craft beer scene. Head to the brewery’s new location in Lac La Biche to taste a locally brewed ale, IPA or lager. The brewing philosophy is simple but genius: don’t have 10 or 15 different beers, just five or six truly good ones.

LOCAL OPERATORS Christy Creek Honey – (780) 623-4496 or PM on Facebook/Instagram Apiary and honey farm, offering hive tours by appointment from May to August Living Stone Acres – (780) 623-7088 / livingstoneacres.com Sustainable flower farm and florist Sand Springs Ranch – (780) 623-7664 / sandspringsranch.ca Family farm with certified organic market garden and certified organic beef program Photo: Laureen Nowicki

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WATCHABLE WILDLIFE Part of the Lac La Biche Region’s charm is just how close it brings you to nature. That means having plenty of wild neighbours. Remember to keep your distance and avoid disturbing any wildlife you encounter. Make noise so animals know you’re coming, and never feed wildlife. Moose are the biggest members of the deer family, typically weighing 700 pounds or more. Despite their bulk, they’re natural swimmers with a taste for aquatic plants. Black bears are forest-dwelling omnivores with a special liking for berries. Most bears are shy and would rather avoid humans, but take precautions and be “bear smart” to prevent any problems. Deer are everywhere in our region, even sometimes in our urban centres. They’re often seen in small groups. Watch for them crossing the road, especially at twilight. Beavers are the engineers of the wild, building dams that can change whole landscapes. Their dome-shaped lodges are common sights in ponds and shallow areas of lakes. Red foxes are naturally suited to the region’s mix of woods and meadows. Look closely while on a nature walk to see the burrows where they breed, and maybe a furry face or two looking back.

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BIRDWATCHING Northern Alberta is where multiple bird migration paths meet, and the Lac La Biche Region is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The area was declared a Bird Sanctuary in 1920 and is also considered an Important Bird Area. Migrating water birds are the region’s greatest claim to fame, but you will see (and hear!) hundreds of others from eagles to finches to woodpeckers in the forests and meadows. Pelicans migrate to our region’s waters every summer to breed. Bring your binoculars and look for them on the aptly named Pelican Islands, visible from the main island of Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park. Birds of prey are frequent visitors. Eagles and ospreys circle the lakes, owls swoop through the trees and hawks soar over the grasslands. Water birds like grebes, herons and terns are common sights in the warmer months. Some spend the winters on the coast, or as far away as South America, but they return to the northern lakes year after year.

The old-growth forests on the islands of Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park provide habitat for more than 200 bird species, large and small. How many can you spot in one outing?

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THE BASICS


ACCOMMODATIONS BED & BREAKFASTS Beaver Lake Bed & Breakfast T. 780-623-4877 Dew Drop Inn Bed & Breakfast T. 780-623-7506

CABINS Cornerstone Ranch Kikino Metis Settlement T. 780-520-5555

Diesel’s Owl Hoot Cabins Owl River T. 780-623-2134 E. owlriver8@mcsnet.ca Elinor Lake Resort Elinor Lake T. 780-623-3145 E. elinorlakeresort@gmail.com W. elinorlakeresort.com Plamondon Whitesands Resort Plamondon T. 780-623-2254 E. whitesands@mcsnet.ca W. sites.google.com/site/ plamondonwhitesandsresort

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Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park T. 1-877-537-2757 W. albertaparks.ca Winefred Lake Lodge Winefred Lake T. 780-818-6201 E. info@winefredlakelodge.ca W. winefredlakelodge.ca


CAMPGROUNDS Beaver Lake Provincial Campground Beaver Lake Provincial Recreation Area T. 1-877-537-2757 W. albertaparks.ca Blackett East Island Campsite Blackett Lake T. 780-623-7189 W. albertaparks.ca Camp 3F Plamondon Plamondon T. 780-798-3478 Chump Lake Chump/Big Johnson Lake E. chumplakecampsite@canada.com W. chumplakecampsite.tripod.com Crow Lake Provincial Campground Crow Lake Provincial Park T. 1-877-537-2757 W. albertaparks.ca Dabbs Lake Campsite Dabbs Lake T. 780-623-7189 W. albertaparks.ca Diesel’s Owl Hoot Campsite Owl River T. 780-623-2134 E. owlriver8@mcsnet.ca Fork Lake Campground Fork Lake T. 780-404-6196 Heart Lake Campground Heart Lake First Nation T. 780-623-2130

LEGEND Tenting

Boat Launch

Group sites

Store

RVs

Firewood

Showers

ATV

Playground

Backcountry

Paddling

Helena Lake South Campsite Helena Lake T. 780-623-7189 W. albertaparks.ca Jackson Lake East, South, and Peninsula Campsites Jackson Lake T. 780-623-7189 W. albertaparks.ca Kikino Silver Birch Resort Kikino MĂŠtis Settlement T. 780-623-3252 Kinnaird Island Campsite Kinnaird Island T. 780-623-7189 W. albertaparks.ca Kirby Lake Random Camping Kirby Lake (near Winefred Lake) Mile 10 Campsite Kinnaird Lake T. 780-623-7189 W. albertaparks.ca North Buck Lake Campground North Buck Provincial Recreation Area T. 780-689-4602 W. albertaparks.ca

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Pinehurst Lake Campground Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area T. 780-623-7189 W. albertaparks.ca Plamondon Whitesands Resort Plamondon T. 780-623-2254 E. whitesands@mcsnet.ca W. sites.google.com/site/ plamondonwhitesandsresort Seibert Lake Campground Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area T. 780-623-7189 W. albertaparks.ca Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park

Spencer Lake North, West and South Point Campsites Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area T. 780-623-7189 W. albertaparks.ca Spruce Point Resort Campground Beaver Lake Cree Nation T. 780-623-3930 W. beaverlakecreenation.ca/Business Touchwood Lake Campground Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area T. 780-623-7189 W. albertaparks.ca Young’s Beach Campground Young’s Beach/Beaver Lake

T. 1-877-537-2757 W. albertaparks.ca

HOTELS & MOTELS Almac Motor Hotel Lac La Biche T. 780-623-4123

La Biche Inn Lac La Biche T. 780-623-4427

Best Canadian Motor Inns Lac La Biche T. 1-888-700-2264 E. laclabiche@bcminns.com W. bcminns.com

Parkland 1 & 2 Lac La Biche T. 780-623-4424 W. parklandmotels.com

Canalta Hotel Lac La Biche T. 1-780-623-4490 W. canaltahotels.com Chez-Nous Motel Plamondon T. 780-798-2011

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Pelican Hotel Plamondon T. 780-798-3759 Ramada Lac La Biche T. 780-623-2250 W. wyndhamhotels.com


14068 Stanley Drive, Lac La Biche Complimentary Hot Breakfast

Visit our BCMInns and Kanata Inns locations

Fitness Room Meeting Rooms

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Jacuzzi Suites Dedicated Wifi in Every Room Big Screen TVs Big Rig Parking Available

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BREWS & CHEWS A&W Fast Food 9951 103 St, Lac La Biche

Jack’s On 2nd Pizza 2 Avenue, Kikino

Beaver Hill Shell – voted Canada’s best restroom in 2019! Pizza, Donairs, Deli 9024 Beaver Hill Road

Joe’s Grill Pizzas, Burgers, Donairs 67165 Lakeland Drive, 10 minutes east of Lac La Biche @ Hwy 881 Junction

Bill’s Burger Baron Pizza, Donairs, Lebanese Food 10215 101 Ave, Lac La Biche

KFC/Taco Bell Fast Food 10003 101 Ave, Lac La Biche

Booster Juice Smoothies 8702 91 Ave, Lac La Biche (inside Bold Center)

Lucky 15 Restaurant Chinese Food 10 Nipewon Rd, Lac La Biche

Boston Pizza Pizza, Burgers, Salads 14068 Stanley Drive, Lac La Biche Café on Main Coffee, Sandwiches, Baked Goods 10105 101 Ave, Lac La Biche Costa Café Coffee, Lunch, Soups 10263 101 Ave, Lac La Biche Eddie’s Mart Soups, Sandwiches 10251 101 St, Lac La Biche Ginger House Family Restaurant Chinese Food 10201 101 St, Lac La Biche

Tom’s

PIZZA & STEAKHOUSE 780-623-4499 10303-101 Avenue Lac La Biche, AB

Mac’s Grill (Almac Hotel) Breakfast, Burgers, Dinner Entrees 10425 101 Ave, Lac La Biche Mo’s Billiards Pool Hall Bar/Bar Food 10117 102 Ave Queen Bean Café & Bakery Coffee, Sandwiches, Baked Goods 10027 101 Ave, Lac La Biche Pelican Grille and Restaurant Bar 10040 100 St, Plamondon Ricky’s All Day Grill Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 10015 101 Ave, Lac La Biche Labones Sports Pub Pizza, Burgers, Dinner Entrees 10015 101 Ave, Lac La Biche

2 for 1 Pizza Greek Cuisine Steak & Seafood Breakfast Daily Specials Soups & Salads Kid’s Menu Pasta Burgers & Sandwiches Appetizers Main Entrees Homespun Ice Cream

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Dine In or Take Out tripadvisor

RATED #1

Hours Tuesday to Sunday 8:00am - 10:00 pm Closed Monday

Relaxing Atmosphere...Friendly Service...Reasonably Priced


Subway Fast Food 10101 101 Ave, Lac La Biche Tara’s Pizza Pizzas, Burgers, Donairs 10219 101 Ave, Lac La Biche The Mill Bakery (seasonal) Food Truck Tom’s Pizza & Steakhouse Breakfast, Pizza, Steak, Greek Food 10303 101 Ave, Lac La Biche Top Shelf Grill Burgers, Soup, Sandwiches Plamondon (inside Plamondon Arena)

Truckers Saloon Night Club V&H Drive-In Fast Food/Drive-through 10124 105 St, Lac La Biche Voyageur Grill Fast Food 9531 94 Ave, Lac La Biche (inside Portage College, open September June) Fat Unicorn Brewery Brewery 9024 Beaver Hill Road

laC la BiChe’s Premier night sPot Pool Live Music Karaoke Game Nights Great Food

Open from 4pm till late

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GUIDES, OUTFITTERS AND SUPPLIERS GUIDES DRAGAN UZELAC – NIKO WILDERNESS EDUCATION Nikowilderness.com / 403-993-2805 / nikowilded@gmail.com

PAUL PADLESKY (TRAPPER PAUL) – WINEFRED LAKE OUTFITTERS 780-404-3213 / aulsher@hotmail.com

JOHN RITCHIE – HIDEAWAY ADVENTURE GROUNDS 780-212-1725 / hideawayadventure@gmail.com

OUTFITTERS & SUPPLIERS ARGO NORTH Argonorth.ca / 780-276-0139 / lee@argonorth.ca / 10050 100 Street, Plamondon

LAC LA BICHE SPORTING GOODS Llbsports.ca / 780-623-4145 / llbsportinggoods@telusplanet.net / 10005 101 Avenue, Lac La Biche

LAKELAND EXPEDITIONS RENTALS Lakelandexpeditions.com / 780-404-5756 / info@lakelandexpeditions.come

OFF ROAD RENTALS & SALES Offroadrentals.ca / 780-623-8020 / offroadrentalsllb@gmail.com / Sentinel Industrial Park, Lac La Biche

PLAMONDON CO-OP Plamondoncoop.ca/ 780-798-3766 / office@plamondoncoop.ca / 9937 101 Avenue, Plamondon

For all your grocery needs! open daily 8 am - 9 pm We shop the world for the best selection of beer, wine, spirits and liqueurs with the lowest prices in town!

Open 7 days a week from 10am - 11pm Follow us on Facebook - Call us anytime (780) 623-2777

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PARKS & REC

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RECREATION FACILITIES AND OUTDOOR LEISURE BOLD CENTER 8702 91 Avenue, Lac La Biche / boldcenter.ca / (780) 623-3829 • • • • • •

Cenovus Child Mind Centre: paid childcare and indoor playground Cenovus Fitness Centre: workout area, boxing ring and training area, steam rooms Canadian Natural Track: three walking/running lanes, and spin cycling Performance Arena and Swamp Cats Community Arena Outdoor basketball and tennis courts Stuart McPherson Public Library

PORTAGE POOL 9531 94 Avenue, Lac La Biche / boldcenter.ca / (780) 623-6777 • • •

Five-lane main pool Wading pool, hot tub and wet steam room Public swimming sessions: lane swims, and open swims.

MCARTHUR PARK Lakeshore between 99 Street and 100 Street, Lac La Biche • • • • •

Playground Paul Richard Memorial Spray Park Public beach and beach volleyball court Rotary Adult Exercise Park Easy access to lakeshore walking trail

ALEXANDER HAMILTON PARK Lakeland Drive, east edge of Lac La Biche • •

Designated off-leash area for dogs Picnic shelter and Trout pond

GOLFING The Lac La Biche Golf & Country Club inspires with every swing and putt. The par72 golf course is one of Alberta’s most scenic, with 18 holes and a driving range in a breathtaking lakeshore setting. The view from the hilltop clubhouse, across the emerald fairways and sparkling waters, is one of the best in the region. Visit golflaclabiche.ca or call (780) 623-4288 for more course information.

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Serving Lac La Biche & the surrounding area for over 54 Years! Groceries Meat Produce Deli Bakery

Delivery Services Available

Mon - Sat 7am-8pm/Sun 8am-6pm 780-623-4234 10114 - 101 St, Lac La Biche www.homehardware.ca

9112 Beaver Hill Rd Lac La Biche, Alberta 780-623-HOME (4663)

Help is always close to Home.

The Mystic Thrift a variety store with everything from A to Z! New & Used Items Open 10 am-5 pm Mon. - Sat. 780-623-8220 10226-101B Ave

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Serving the Lakeland Region for 40 years.

Lakeland Real Estate office 780.623.2100 #231, 10107 – 102 Ave., PO Box 1500 Lac La Biche, AB T0A 2C0 www.century21.ca/lakelandrealestate

Lakeland Real Estate Call Marie Warawa (780) 520-0247

Welcome to Lakeland County! “Visit Our Showroom’’ 10140 - Main Street, Lac La Biche (780) 623-2634 realtor.ca

Call Roy Worthington (780) 404-3060

Lakelots / Acreages / Lakefront Homes / Commercial / Farm

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Cummins Authorized Dealer

Front End and Suspension

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Out of Province Inspection

COMPLETE LIGHT & HEAVY TRUCK & TRAILER REPAIR EXPERT CALL US FOR REPAIR QUOTATION AND PARTS PRICING 200+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE UNDER ONE ROOF WE ARE ‘’YOUR’’ ONE STOP TRUCK REPAIR SHOP

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Serving Oilfield - lOgging - TranSpOrTaTiOn fOr Over 24 YearS 780-623-7100 Mon-Fri 8.00am to 5.00pm

Electronic Engine Diagnostic & repair

Approved Inspection Facility (C.V.I.P)

Site 645-2, RR2 Lac La Biche (Hwy 55 & Airport Rd.)

FOR ALL YOUR EQUIPMENT RENTAL NEEDS

After Hours: Parts 780-623-0391

President:

Stephane Jobin

• Skidsteers & Attachments • Excavation Equipment • Compaction Equipment • Scissor Lifts • Zoom Booms • Boom-Lifts • Trailers Monday-Friday 8am -5pm Saturday 8am -12 Noon West on Hwy 55 67004 Range road, #142 Sentinel Drive, Sentinel Park 780-623-7225 • Email: llbequipmentrentals@gmail.com

Tarrabain Motors We treat you like family

Ph 780-623-4019 • Toll Free 1-800-310-4334 10339-101 Street, Lac La Biche

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Lakeland Service & Carwash Your one stop shop for all your convenience needs.

Convenience Store - Truck and Car Wash - Gas Bar - Service and Sales - Daily Rentals Darwish Fyith Tammy Fyith Owners/Managers

Bus: (780) 623-2099 Fax: (780) 623-3795 P.O. Box 2221 Cell: (780) 689-7891 Richard Rd, Sentinel Industrial Park Res: (780) 623-2201 (201, 67022 Range Rd 142) Toll Free: 1-888-747-2099 Lac La Biche, AB T0A 2C0 minxautobody@xplornet.com www.minxautobody.com

Email ecdev@laclabichecounty.com.

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Kayaks & Paddle Boards for Rent!

Rentals as low as $45/day Off Road Rentals (780)-623-8020 offroadrentalsllb@gmail.com

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