Exploring Alberta’s Provincial Parks: Lakeland

About Lakeland

Lakeland Provincial Park is a large yet-remote provincial park in Northern Alberta. The park encompass numerous lakes with the largest ones being: Kinnaird Lake, Jackson Lake, McGuffin Lake, Dabbs Lake, Shaw Lake, and Blackett Lake. The nearby Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area also has some large lakes such as Pinehurst Lake, Seibert Lake, Touchwood Lake, and Ironwood Lakes.

The park was subject of debate through the 1960s and 1970s as a provincial recreation area. In 1972, it was designated as a protected park area. As visitors increased, the existing facilities were increasingly strained and the government created the provincial park in 1992.

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Summer at Lakeland

Lakeland Provincial Park is a fairly remote provincial park and is one of the few that allows on-site off highway vehicle usage. The access for OHV is lcated on the Mile 10 trail to Jackson Lake and with Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area trails to Dabbs Lake, Blackett Lake, and Helena Lake from Blackett Lake Staging Area.

There is a backcountry campground in the park which means that you have to either hike or canoe to the location (coordinates are below under “camping at Lakeland.”

Mountain biking, hiking (backcountry), wildlife viewing, birding, geocaching, and trail running are popular activities in the park. For backcountry activites, they do request that you fill a backcountry form so that the park knows about the trip in case of emergency.

Winter at Lakeland

In the wintertime, visitors can cross country ski on over 30km of groomed ski trails in the park. Ice fishing is also popular and north access is by snowmobile from the north of Mile 10 Trail from Touchwood Lake road. To access the lake from the south, you will ant to take the Blackett Lake and Helena Lake trails from the Pinehurst Lake access road at Blackett Lake Staging Area.

Camping at Lakeland

The only camping at Lakeland Provincial Park is designated backcountry camping. No random camping is allowed in the park.

CampgroundAmenitiesType of SiteAmount AvailableCost/Night
Lakeland Provincial Park Backcountry Campground
(Year Round)

Remote Camping

Lat. 54.778038
Long. -111.551284
Secure food storage, Firepits, Bear Pole, Secure Food StorageDesignated Backcountry38$0.00 (Free)
This data is accurate as of 2023

Day Use at Lakeland

Lakeland Provincial Park has one designated day use area known as the Shaw Lake Day Use. It is a year round day use area providing access to Shaw Lake. There are firepits, firewood, hand boat launch, outhouse, and warmup shelters at the day use area.


Distances to Alberta Cities

Distance to Calgary: 566km

Distance to Edmonton: 259km

Distance to Red Deer: 418km

Distance to Lethbridge: 696km

Distance to Grande Prairie: 584km

Coordinates: 54°51’39.4″N 111°26’07.5″W


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