Exploring Alberta’s Provincial Parks: Queen Elizabeth

About Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth Provincial Park is a small provincial park located on the shores of Lac Cardinal. It was known as Lac Cardinal Provincial Park until 1978 when they changed the name to commemorate the tour of Alberta by the late Queen Elizabeth II, Former Queen of Canada.

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Summer at Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth Provincial Park is a popular place for low impact lake activities such as sailing, motorboating (12km/h speed limit in some areas), canoeing, kayaking, and wind surfing. Water skiing is popular outside of the restricted areas on the lake. There is also a beach that allows visitors to take a swim. For birders, there are 141 species of bird that have been recorded in the park.

On land, users can enjoy a game of horseshoes, geocaching, front country hiking, volleyball, and trail running. There is also camping and group camping opportunities in the park.

Winter at Queen Elizabeth

In the wintertime, hiking remains popular although there is also snowshoeing and cross country skiing opportunities on the trails in the park. There are 4.5km of ungroomed trails.

Camping at Queen Elizabeth

There is one main campground at Queen Elizabeth Provincial Park and one group use area. The campground is mostly serviced with a few unserviced sites.

CampgroundAmenitiesType of SiteAmount AvailableCost/Night
Queen Elizabeth Campground
(May 19 – September 26)
Boat launch, cook shelter, firepits, firewood (for sale), picnic shelter, pier, outhouses, playground, power hookups, sewage dump, water taps, and wheelchair accessibility.Power (15/20 amp)42$37.00
Unserviced Campsites14$29.00
Group Camping
Queen Elizabeth Group Use
(May 18 – September 5)
Firepits, firewood (for sale), picnic shelter, outhouses, power hookups, water tapsPower & Unserviced20 units (15 power)$230/5 units + $34/extra unit
This data is accurate as of 2023

Day Use at Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth Provincial Park has one day use area with a boat launch, cook shelter, firepits, firewood (for sale), pier, outhouses, playground, and water taps.


Distances to Alberta Cities

Distance to Calgary: 757km

Distance to Edmonton: 513km

Distance to Red Deer: 633km

Distance to Lethbridge: 984km

Distance to Grande Prairie: 170km

Coordinates: 56°12’43.6″N 117°41’30.6″W

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