Home to pristine wilderness, gorgeous provincial parks, and beautiful lakes, perfect to see the night sky, search for wildlife and birds, or enjoy the vast network of trails via hiking, quadding, or ATVing.
If you’re interested in visiting an incredible indigenous art gallery, Lac La Biche is a hidden gem full of fun things to do and see.
Getting to Lac La Biche
Lac La Biche is located about 215 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, Alberta off Highway 55. Or, if you’re traveling westbound, it’s 150 kilometres west of Cold Lake and Highway 55.
Lac La Biche describes the lake, the town and the region as a whole. The Lac La Biche/Lakeland region encompasses other small communities, including Plamondon and Owl River.
Things to Do in Lac La Biche, Alberta
The Lac La Biche Region has much to offer. Check it out! Linked is our featured article on this beautiful area.
One of the best ways to see a place is to immerse yourself. Luckily, you can do plenty of that here.
Lac La Biche Lake
Named after the French word for ‘doe’, this 234 km² lake is not to be missed. It has it a lot to offer with excellent beaches, forested parks, and shoreland areas. Perfect for fishing, boating, kayaking, and so much more. You’ll find a variety of fish including Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Perch, Whitefish and Burbot.
Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park
Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park is a beautiful slice of paradise as it curves out from the lake into a peninsula shape. It’s a great camping spot, with 72 campsites suited for RV’s and tents. You’ll also find group camping, picnic tables, showers, electricity, playgrounds, an amphitheatre, and other amenities. It’s a great spot to see wildlife – at least 224 of the approximate 330 Alberta bird species have been observed here. Also check out Pelican Point, which is a good place to see pelicans hanging out in the lake. The night skies rank a 3-4 on the Bortle Scale, a.k.a. pristine conditions to see stars!
Take a break from the water and get out on 4 wheels. You can take all-day ATV tours and venture through untouched forest within the beautiful Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area. Whether you’ve been on a quad or have yet to experience one, an ATV is an unique adventure itself as you travel into the beautiful boreal forest. Highlights include the Dabbs Lake Trail, the Wishbone Trails and the Puller Lake Trails, which all showcase the best of this spectacular ATV destination.
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Start your trail adventure right in town, the lakefront trail stretches over 10 km from downtown all the way to Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park.
Neighbouring Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area, Lakeland Provincial Park is a great place to enjoy the area’s natural beauty. Take in the boreal forest and the clear blue lakes as you traverse the 45 km of trails with ranges from 1 km to 11 km trails to explore.
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Hideaway Adventure Grounds
Hideaway Adventure Grounds is a great option if you’re after an unique camping experience. Located just 40 minutes south of Lac La Biche, they offer traditional back-to-the-basics, self-contained camping. Don’t expect to find power, or wifi here! But they make up for it with incredible stargazing and peaceful forest sounds. Whether you’re looking to spend a quiet night or two or are wanting an experience into learning more about Métis People and survival skills, you must visit this hidden gem.
Lac la Kayak Adventures
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Formerly, Aniwye Adventures, Lac la Kayak will outfit you with rentals for the water: canoe, tandem or single kayak, SUP board and bicycle rentals if you want to stay onshore, with a delivery-to-site option. All day rates are flexible. After your adventure, grab a bit from their food truck, the Top Shelf Grill the concession at their rental centre offers hotdogs, and ice cream treats!
Get out on the water in Alberta’s only backcountry canoe circuit with Lakeland Excursions! They take pride in providing visitors with an opportunity to get out to explore many of our outdoor wilderness spaces. Their rates include the canoe (comfortable for two adults and gear) + paddles, personal flotation devices, straps/ foams and a safety kit. Group booking are also possible. Be sure to ask about their favourite spots to fish and stay in the Backcountry.
Explore the sites that make Lac La Biche unique and learn more about what makes the town special.
Museum of Aboriginal Peoples’ Art and Artifacts
See beautiful Indigenous fine art and learn more about the Group of 7, seven world-famous Indigenous artists. Located within Portage College, the Museum of Aboriginal Peoples’ Art & Artifacts is free to visit. Guided tours can be arranged in advanced or you can check out the exhibits yourself. Check their website for hours.
Lac La Biche Museum & Visitor Information Centre
If you’re visiting Lac La Biche for the first (or even 10th!) time, make your way to the Lac La Biche Museum and conjoining Visitor Information Centre to get acquainted. Why? It’s the best opportunity to learn of what you can see in the area and receive a lesson in the area’s history.
Lac La Biche Mission Historical Society
If you’re intrigued by the region’s history, pay a visit to the Lac La Biche Mission Historical Society, one of the oldest communities in Alberta. Established in 1853, this 45-acre site includes several restored historical buildings and an interpretive centre. Notably, it was one of the first Albertan sites for exchanges between the Indigenous, Metis, Francophone and Anglophone populations.
Plamondon & District Museum
Founded by French pioneers, it’s the best source to learn all about migration to the region.
Read more: Plamondon & District Museum Society
Mini Parc Heritage Park
Pay a visit to Mini Parc Heritage Park, Plamondon’s . Created by the granddaughter of the town’s actual founder (Joseph Plamondon), you’ll walk amongst recreated miniature replica buildings of the original town. Notable replicas include the old church, old homes, the main store, school, a traditional trappers cabin, and plenty others. Everything on site has been built by volunteers, often the grandchildren of those who owned the original buildings.
Read more: Discover Plamondon’s Memory Lane
Events in 2021
- Lac La Biche Farmers Market – For unique gifts and homemade items, the Lac La Biche Farmers’ Market held every Friday afternoon is an ideal stop.
- Lac La Biche Summer Days – Summer is in full swing this long weekend! Come celebrate with three days of fun.
- Kikino Rodeo – This annual event is back! On August 20- 22, the rodeo celebrations days are not to be missed. Events like chuckwagon races and pony chariot races are sure to delight, alongside other staples like the horseshoe tournament, pancake breakfast and off site parade.
Best Eats in Lac La Biche
A good bite to eat is close by, with most restaurants located within town.
LaBone’s Kitchen & Bar
With a sports pub theme, the food at LaBone’s is on point. Delicious steak and other pub food from the varied menu will get your mouth watering – and it’s worth it!
The Cafe on Main
If you’re looking for coffee, bubble tea, an incredible array of sweet desserts, or some delicious Lebanese cuisine, this is the place to go. You’d never think of it as a hotspot for Lebanese food, but we had quite the feasts on Kibbeh, Hummus, Tabbouleh, and Fattoush. We also had a mocha, a mocha bubble tea, and tried a few of their desserts. Needless to say, we were stuffed.
Fat Unicorn Brewery and Tap and Grill
Not only is this the only brewery in the region, but they also serve up a tasty menu, including things like Poutine, burgers, and boneless chicken wings, but also some unique options like Siberian Dumplings! Wash it down with some of their own beers such as the Dirty Blonde, Naughty Amber, and Cossack Imperial
The Mill Bakery
Nothing says fresh and delicious like artisanal baking – the Mill’s specialty. It’s the perfect spot to satisfy your coffee and pastry needs! Specialty products include kombucha from Wild Brewing, classic cinnamon buns and Canadian sourdough to take home.
@The Mill Bakery
Best Shopping in Lac La Biche
Make your visit complete by taking home something special!
Four Seasons Clothing – A local favourite for fabulous fashion for over 30 year in Lac La Biche. With a large selection of affordable styles for women, men, children, footwear and accessories, you’ll walk out with a new wardrobe!
Indigenous Spirit Creations – (at the Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre) –If you’re looking to do some unique shopping, the Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre has a little shop specializing in selling Indigenous goods.
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Reminiscence Flowers – From roses to wildflowers, find flowers that are sure to delight. Personalize your arrangement for special occasions. They also deliver province-wide!
Straight & Arrow Boutique – Ladies! If you’re looking for something new, you must hit up Straight and Arrow. New, fresh styles arrive regularly and they offer fits for all sizes. Plus, they have candles, hats and other must-have accessories.
Hotels in Lac La Biche
Find places to stay in & around Lac La Biche.
Parkland Motels 1 and 2 – a great budget option with a range of suites available. Executives Suites feature Jacuzzis and fireplaces). Also available are Family suites, large standard suites, and full kitchenettes.
Canalta Hotel – the highest-ranked hotel in the area. Offer air conditioning, a refrigerator, rooms with a kitchenette, and free wifi. Guests have access to a 24-hour front desk, a convenience store, and a hot tub, pool, and free hot breakfast.
Ramada by Wyndham – perfect for families or those looking for an all-round stay. All 83 rooms feature air-conditioned rooms, refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a fitness centre. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access and complimentary continental breakfast is served daily.
Find more places to stay: Lac La Biche Region Hotels & Motels
Get a true feel of the region and stay a night or two. With 100+ lakes and 1000+ campsites, there’s plenty of room to experience relaxing camping among nature! It is a great place for spending time outdoors where Mother Nature is at your doorstep.
See all camping listings: Lac La Biche Region Campgrounds
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