Exploring Alberta’s Provincial Parks: Miquelon Lake

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About Miquelon Lake

Miquelon Lake Provincial Park is a medium sized provincial park located about 65km southeast of Edmonton. There are actually many lakes in the park, but Miquelon Lake is the largest of them. The park runs along the south and western shores of the lake.

In 1920, the area was designated as a bird sanctuary and in 1926, a 16ft deep canal was dug to drain the lake in the opposite direction to the Lysend reservoir to provide Camrose, Alberta with water. In 1944, they needed more water but determined the lake unfit due to its poor quality. They closed the canal and established the provincial park in 1958.

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Summer at Miquelon Lake

Miquelon Lake Provincial Park is a beautiful summer destination. There is a sandy beach that is perfect for tanning or building a sandcastly. The lake’s waters provide a refreshing and safe place to cool off on a hot summer day, although the government does warn about large amounts of algae and vegetation. The lake is also an ideal location for wind surfing, canoeing and kayaking. Miquelon Lake is not good for its fishing due to its naturally high salinity.

On land, Miquelon Lake Provincial Park has several hiking trails that offer a great way to explore the park’s natural beauty. Visitors can take a leisurely walk through the forest, or take a longer hike and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. There is also a horseshoe pitch available for use. There is also an 18-hole golf course adjacent to the park.

For those who wish to stay overnight, Miquelon Lake Provincial Park has many campsites and group camping areas. The park is part of the Beaver Hills Dark-Sky Preserve which means that visitors can enjoy a night under the stars, surrounded by nature.

In conclusion, Miquelon Lake Provincial Park is a fantastic summer destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering activities such as wind surfing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, and camping. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, explore the lake’s various bays and islands, or experience the beauty of the surrounding countryside, Miquelon Lake Provincial Park has something to offer for everyone during the summertime.

Winter at Miquelon Lake

Moonshine Lake Provincial Park is a beautiful winter destination, offering a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy during the colder months. Moonshine Lake Provincial Park offers designated trails for skijoring, a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and dog sledding. Visitors can enjoy skiing while being pulled by their furry friends. The park’s well-maintained trail system provides an ideal location for cross-country skiing as well. Visitors can explore the park’s winter landscape, enjoying the beauty of the snow-covered forests and hills.

In conclusion, Moonshine Lake Provincial Park offers skijoring and cross-country skiing for visitors to enjoy during the winter months. Whether you’re an experienced skijorer or cross-country skier, Moonshine Lake Provincial Park is an excellent place to visit during the winter months.

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Camping at Miquelon Lake

Miquelon Lake Provincial Park has one main campground and a lot of group camping options in the park. There is also some yurts available for rent if comfort camping is more your style.

CampgroundAmenitiesType of SiteAmount AvailableCost/Night
Miquelon Lake Campground
(May 12 – October 9)
Amphitheatre, firepits, flush toilets, hand launch, pay phone, outhouses, playgrounds, power hookups, sewage dump, showers, warmup shelters, water taps, firewood (for sale), wheelchair accessibilityPower (15/30 amp)191$42.00
Unserviced 82$34.00
Group Camping
Area 1 Group Use
(May 18 – September 4)
Cook shelter, firepits, outhouses, power hookups, sewage dump, water tapsPower/Unserviced (15/30 amps)20 units$280/5 units + $42/ extra unit
Area 2 Group Use
(May 18 – September 4)
Cook shelter, firepits, outhouses, power hookups, sewage dump, water tapsPower/Unserviced (15/30 amps)20 units$280/5 units + $42/ extra unit
Area 3 Group Use
(May 18 – September 4)
Cook shelter, firepits, flush toilets, power hookups, sewage dump, water tapsPower/Unserviced (15/30 amps)20 units$295/5 units + $42/ extra unit
Area 4 Group Use
(May 18 – September 4)
Cook shelter, firepits, outhouses, power hookups, sewage dump, water tapsPower/Unserviced (15/30 amps)20 units$280/5 units + $42/ extra unit
Area 5 Group Use
(May 18 – September 4)
Cook shelter, firepits, flush toilets, power hookups, sewage dump, water taps, outhousesPower/Unserviced (15/30 amps)20 units$295/5 units + $42/ extra unit
Area 6 Group Use
(May 18 – September 4)
Cook shelter, firepits, sewage dump, water taps, outhousesUnserviced20 units$240/5 units + $34/ extra unit
Area 7 Group Use
(May 18 – September 4)
Cook shelter, firepits, power hookups, sewage dump, water taps, outhouses, showersPower (15/30 amps)20 units$305/5 units + $34/ extra unit
Comfort Camping
Miquelon Lake Yurts
(June 2 – September 4)
6 Person (Medium)4 Yurts$145.00
This data is accurate as of 2023

Day Use at Miquelon Lake

The day use area at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park has change rooms, firepits, flush toilets, horseshoes, pay phones, picnic shelter, visitor center, and water taps. The visitor center has information about the park, pay phones, a gift shop, flush toilets, and Wifi connections. Liquor is permitted here between 11am and 9pm.

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Distances to Alberta Cities

Distance to Calgary: 312km

Distance to Edmonton: 67km

Distance to Red Deer: 164km

Distance to Lethbridge: 458km

Distance to Grande Prairie: 525km

Coordinates: 53°14’08.9″N 112°54’29.3″W

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