Last fall we were able to make the 2.5 hours drive north to the town of Lac La Biche to stay in a cozy cabin in Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park. This provincial park is located on a island and was the perfect place to decompress after a hectic fall. For about $160 you can stay in a cozy lake-front cabin on Big Island with gorgeous views right from the front deck .
The unit we rented had one bathroom and one bedroom, along with a queen sized bunk bed in the living room, so it comfortably slept 6 (or eight if you put a couple people on the fold-out futon). Everything in the unit was brand new and so clean. There was also a fire pit in the front of the building, facing the water, for evening bonfires. Fishing piers were also located just steps from the cabin doors.
The island itself is gorgeous- multiple hiking trails, playgrounds and beaches. Unfortunately Lac La Biche is known for having blue-green algae, but that didn’t stop us from enjoy the water’s edge and all the provided facilities. There were multiple boaters out on the lake, even with the chilly fall temperatures. In the summertime it would be a fabulous place to spend a weekend with friends and in the off season there’s opportunities for ice fishing and winter sports on the ice. On our second day, after a morning of exploring the trails (Old Growth Alley and the Boardwalk trail topped our list), we ended up going to town to spend some time in the local swimming pool. We had a great afternoon before heading back to the cabin for dinner around the fire and spending our evening playing cards around the dining room table- it’s the simple things that make the best the memories.
The cabins on Sir Winston Churchill Park are available for rent starting February 13th at 9am on the Alberta Parks Website. These cabins are quite popular ( I’m not aware of too many places in Alberta that you can rent a lake front cabin for $160 a night). I would even recommend renting a cabin in the winter and fall months- they’re a perfect retreat for quiet family time.
More information on booking can be found on the Alberta Parks Website.