Vermilion Provincial Park

Alberta Parks


  • Showers closed nightly

    Effective:  August 12, 2023   Updated:  August 14, 2023

      The shower house will be closed from 9pm-8am daily. Other washroom facilities will be open during this time.

  • Blue-Green Algae - Blue-Green Algae

    Effective:  July 11, 2023

      Please be advised that a Cyanobacterial (Blue-Green Algal) Bloom Advisory is issued for Vermilion Lake.

    General precautions
    • Avoid all contact with blue green algae blooms. If contact occurs, wash with tap water ASAP.
    • Do not swim or wade in any areas where blue-green algae is visable.
    • Do not allow your pets to swim or wade in these areas or to eat fish or fish trimmings from the lake.
    • Consider limiting human consumption of fish from the lake.

    For detailed information, go to Alberta Health Services Blue Green Algae Health Advisories. Please refer to the specific advisory for this lake.

    Blue-green algae bloom advisories are issued and rescinded by Alberta Health Services. Typically, advisories are lifted in late autumn, when water temperatures are so cool that blue green algae growth is no longer supported.

  • Water Advisory - Water System Issues - Spray Park Modified Hours

    Effective:  July 7, 2023   Updated:  July 7, 2023

      The Spray Park has completed repairs and is now operational. It will be open from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm daily until further notice.

  • Partial Closure - CN Station Closed

    Effective:  June 30, 2023

      Due to damages caused by summer rain storms and leakage, the CN Station will remain closed to the public until the building can be repaired and declared safe for public use.

      We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Grassland Restoration - Relaxation of Mowing

    Effective:  June 30, 2023

      Alberta Parks is seeking to return portions of Vermilion Provincial Park to the natural landscape more typical the Vermilion River watershed.

      A reduction of mowing activity is planned for key portions of the park which see little visitor usage and for which lawn-care style maintenance is generally redundant.

      Grassland restoration will benefit park ecological integrity by creating conditions that favour native species such as the Franklin’s ground squirrel, and helps reduce additional encroachment of the invasive Richardson’s ground squirrel into the area.

      Grassland naturalization also helps protect water quality and aquatic ecosystems downstream along the Vermilion River. 

  • Bear Warning - Black bear in Park

    Effective:  April 18, 2023

      A black bear and her cubs have been spotted in the park.  

      - make lots of noise when on the trails and hike in groups when possible

      - carry bear spray and know how to use it

      - if you see a bear, give it space and slowly head back or go around if possible, giving the bear plenty of room 

      - keep food locked away in a hard sided trailer or vehicle at all times and keep campsites clean and free of garbage

      - dump grey/dish water into outhouses.

    Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in the Central Region at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

    • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
    • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
    • Keep your pet on a leash.
    • Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray.
    • Learn more about bear safety review the Bear Smart Brochure.

Safety Links

Provincial Sources for Advisories