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LAC LA BICHE COUNTY, AB - “I think we can get a bit closer,” Jamie says, and we paddle as silently as we can towards a huge American pelican. Soon, we are just metres away from the giant bird, and he looks at us curiously wondering what we’re up to.
Stealthily, I get out my camera and cross my toes that he won’t fly away too soon. As we drift closer, the pelican bursts into the air in one fluid motion. He is surprisingly graceful for his size and is across the bay in seconds, propelled by his three-metre wingspan. It’s the first time I’ve seen a pelican in Alberta and over the weekend, I see many more plus cormorants, redwinged blackbirds, gulls, eagles, and loons. Lac la Biche is a designated bird sanctuary and home to over 200 species of birds!
When Jamie isn’t on the water, he enjoys “spending quality time with the family enjoying all that nature has to offer… fresh air, beautiful scenery, new places to explore.”
This area is all new to me and my friends, so we’re stoked to explore Lakeland Provincial Park the next day. We portage to beautiful Jackson Lake through old growth forest and have the trail and lake to ourselves save for birds, fish, and frogs. We envy our friend, Jaclyn Denman, who lives in Lac La Biche and gets to paddle here all the time.
Evening finds us back at Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park. The sun is a ball of fire and the water is placid, so we take the canoe out one more time. As we paddle in to the sunset, loons hoot and laugh around us. It’s the perfect ending to a perfect day in Lac La Biche County.
WHEN YOU GO
OffRoad Rentals and Sales offerings SUP and kayak rentals out of Lac La Biche, to help get you out on the water.
Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park also rents canoes, kayaks and SUPS from the campground office.
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