Pigeon Lake Provincial Park
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Introduction

Located in Alberta, Canada, about an hour and a half drive from Edmonton, Pigeon Lake Provincial Park can be found on the south-western shore of Pigeon Lake. Established in May, 1967, the park has a lot to offer its visitors. In addition to magnificent scenery, you can enjoy the many recreation opportunities available at the park.

No matter the time of year that you visit Pigeon Lake Provincial Park, you will find something fun to engage in. During the summer, activities that involve the lake are popular. This includes canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, boating, swimming, and fishing. The beach area at the lake is also popular for relaxing, sun bathing, and tossing a ball or a Frisbee. For those that enjoy hiking, the park has trails to explore. During the winter months, there are still things to do, including cross-country skiing and ice fishing. Camping is available at the park, including “comfort camping” where you can spend the night on a real bed in a yurt. The Village at Pigeon Lake is easy to access from Pigeon Campground and offers groceries, restaurants, cafes, a pharmacy, and a gas station.

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Transportation in Pigeon Lake Provincial Park

Driving

To get to Pigeon Lake Provincial Park from Edmonton, take AB-2 S for 56.3 km (34.98 miles) to AB-13 W (exit 482 B) in Falun. Take AB-13 W for 38 km (23.61 miles) to the park.

Parking

Parking is available throughout Pigeon Lake Provincial Park.

Public Transport

Public transportation is not available to Pigeon Lake Provincial Park.

Campgrounds and parking in Pigeon Lake Provincial Park

Campsites in Pigeon Lake Provincial Park

Reservations camping

Pigeon Lake Campground

Seeking a home base when visiting Pigeon Lake Provincial Park? Pigeon Lake Campground is a large campground within a mixed forest. The campground includes 108 unserviced sites, 142 sites with power, 10 sites with power, water and sewer and 10 sites available for winter camping. There are sites that can accommodate tents as well as trailers and RV’s up to 60 feet long. The campground offers many amenities, like showers, flush toilets, a playground, and a boat launch. Staying at the campground will offer you easy access to hiking and biking trails, the beach, and water activities.

Zeiner Campground

Another option for an overnight stay at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park is Zeiner Campground. With sites for tents, trailers and RVs, the campground can accommodate vehicles of up to 60 feet long. Thirty-five of the campsites are unserviced, and nine are for walk-in tenting, while 88 offer power hook ups. Some of the sites are surrounded by forest while others can be found in an open area that is closer to the water. The campground offers many amenities like showers, flush toilets, and a playground. Making Zeiner Campground your home base offers easy access to beach and water activities as well as hiking and biking opportunities.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Pigeon Lake Provincial Park

In-Season

Hiking and Biking

Hiking is a great way to explore Pigeon Lake Provincial Park during your visit. With about 12 km (7.5 miles) of hiking trails, you will find plenty of opportunity to view the park’s scenery on foot. Follow a hiking trail along the shoreline and around the Pigeon Campground and take another trail into the park’s forested areas. The trails are well-groomed and have little elevation gain, ensuring that you have a relaxing experience where you can focus on viewing the beauty of the park. Bikes are also allowed on the trails, offering another way to explore the park.

Swimming

Another popular activity at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park is swimming. The park offers a designated swimming area and beach at the Pigeon Day Use Area. Choose to take a quick dip to cool off or spend some time swimming in the lake. As with all provincial parks, there are no lifeguards so swimming is at your own risk. Life jackets are available on loan from the Lifejacket Loaner Station, which is at the day use area boat launch. Keep your eyes out for a blue-green algae advisory as you will want to avoid swimming if one is in effect.

Fishing

While visiting Pigeon Lake Provincial Park, you can take advantage of the lake’s fishing opportunities. Fish for pike, perch, lake whitefish, burbot, and walleye. Fishing offers the chance to relax and enjoy the park, taking in its beautiful scenery, while possibly catching something for dinner. Alberta requires that those fishing have fishing licenses; to buy a license you will need a WIN (Wildlife Identification Number) card. Make sure to check on the catch limits and seasonal restrictions at the lake before casting a line and be ready to experience the park’s solitude.

Off-Season

Cross-Country Skiing

When there is snow on the ground at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park, it's time to get out your cross-country skis. Trails work their way through forests, meadows and along the shore of Pigeon Lake. These trails are excellent for beginners and more experienced skiers can enjoy a relaxing experience where they can focus on their surroundings. Trails are groomed and set by volunteers of the Pigeon Lake Nordic Ski Club and you can easily access a pit toilet and shelter at the ski staging area between Loop C and Loop B. Not only can you explore the park while cross-country skiing, you can also get a good workout in.

Ice Fishing

During the cooler months, when Pigeon Lake has frozen, it is the perfect time to give ice fishing a try. Catching fish through a hole in the ice with your regular line or a spear is a unique activity. Enjoy the winter quiet in the park while you relax. Make sure to dress warmly and perhaps even set up a shelter where you are planning to fish.

Snowshoeing

During a wintertime visit to Pigeon Lake Provincial Park, you can also dust off your snowshoes and hit the park's 1.6 km (1 mile) section of the massive Trans-Canada Trail. This trail is open year-round and can also be used in the winter for hiking, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking.

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