Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation (TPR) has recently expanded Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park in St. Albert by approximately 380 hectares, or nearly thirty per cent.
The 13 parcels of lands added to Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park were acquired through important land acquisitions with the City of St. Albert and Beaverbrook.
Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park preserves Big Lake, a freshwater wetland ecosystem. It is recognized as an internationally significant Important Bird Area for its abundant and diverse bird population, especially waterfowl and shorebirds. The park was created to commemorate the life of Alberta's late Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Lois Hole and her passion for the environment, education and Alberta's youth.
The addition of these lands to the park will improve protection in the area, and allow TPR to proceed with the planning of future recreational and educational facilities in the park. In addition, Ducks Unlimited Canada has plans to construct education trails and boardwalks on several parcels of land that were acquired. Bill and Jim Hole, sons of the late Lieutenant Governor Lois Hole, are relocating their greenhouse on lands adjacent to the park, in support of partnering with future education programs.
Should you have any questions about the recent expansion of Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park, please contact Rob Spelliscy, District Team Leader, Parks Division at 780-960-8170 Ext. 231.
Media inquiries may be directed to Camille Weleschuk at 780-427-2206.