Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park is located in Lac la Biche, Alberta. Lac la Biche is a small town about 2 hours northeast of Edmonton. The town is situated on a large lake, also called Lac la Biche, which is a French translation of a Cree name, Lake of the Elk. Lac la Biche is situated on and near many Indigenous settlements and lands, specifically, those of the Cree and Metis peoples. Lac la Biche has a tumultuous history of colonization, like many communities in Canada, and the naming of Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park is an apt reflection of this. I wish to respectfully acknowledge and honor the traditional lands on which this park is situated and express my gratitude that I have been able to enjoy and explore these lands.
The park is located just east of the town of Lac la Biche, on an island within the lake. It is one of the coolest locations of a campsite that I have visited, given that the entire island is devoted to the park and recreational activities. To access it, you drive across a long causeway, with beautiful views of the lake on either side.
We camped at the park for a weekend with some good friends. We were able to enjoy activities such as fishing, canoeing, walking the trails around the island, and of course, campfires. There are lots of opportunities at the park for kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, and more. There are excellent facilities at the campground, including a small store, clean washrooms, and showers. We mostly just relaxed and enjoyed the summer weather.
Comfort camping is also available at the park with small cabin rentals and tipis. The tipis opened in 2018 with a formal opening ceremony that included local Indigenous leaders (check out this article).
Since the park is so close to the community of Lac la Biche, it is easy to head into town for a meal or to do some shopping for groceries or supplies. We visited the Fat Unicorn Brewing Company (check out our post below!).
We will very likely visit this park again next summer and we can’t wait!