Named after a former politician and Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park is a nature escape NW of Edmonton / west edge of St. Albert. Take the short dirt road across from LeClair Way into the parking lot and make use of the outhouse if necessary before heading out on the trail.
With a boardwalk over wetlands and a scenic trail along the water, there are lots of opportunity for birds and wildlife viewing. Ducks and geese are abundant, you can see a beaver damn on the edge of the lake, and on our first visit to the park we spotted a moose and two calves across the water. There is a viewing area out over the water and binoculars to take a closer look at the shoreline and Big Lake.
On our first visit, a chilly spring day, we made it to the viewing area before turning around. On our second visit we went a bit further past the viewing area and had a picnic with friends beside a bench.
On our next visit I hope to get a bit further and connect into Riel Recreation Park and visit the playground.