Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park - Draft Management Plan

Draft Management Plan for Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park

    Alberta Parks has developed a draft Management Plan for Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park (LHCPP) with advice and recommendations from key stakeholders and Indigenous communities. The draft plan sets out objectives and strategies for management of the park over a 10-year period.

    LHCPP was designated on April 19, 2005, in honour of the late Lieutenant Governor the Honourable Lois Hole. The park encompasses the former Big Lake Natural Area, which was established in 1999, and is located along the western edge of the cities of St. Albert and Edmonton and is bordered by Parkland County to the South-west, and Sturgeon County to the North-west. LHCPP protects one of the largest wetlands in the Central Parkland Natural Subregion of Alberta. It is internationally recognized as an Important Bird Area for its abundant and diverse bird populations. The park’s location within a busy urban landscape provides provincially significant opportunities for nature-based education and experiences that connect people to nature while supporting community engagement in environmental stewardship. The park also offers limited opportunities for low-impact, nature-based recreation and introduces Albertans to the larger system of Alberta Parks experiences and values.

     The draft management plan outlines the specific issues, opportunities and challenges relevant to managing a unique and significant Provincial Park within a highly developed urban context. The LHCPP Management Plan will become the key reference document used to guide operations, development, decision-making, and management of the park, now and in the future. It has been produced in consultation with Albertans, stakeholders, and Indigenous communities, and is intended to help achieve conservation of natural and cultural resources, while providing lasting social and economic benefits for Albertans.

     The key outcomes of the plan include:

    • Identification of the appropriate uses and activities in LHCPP
    • Identification of a zoning framework that outlines how areas within LHCPP will be managed in the future
    • Identification of the types of facilities and infrastructure that will support nature-based education, engagement, and recreation in the park
    • Description of the monitoring, stewardship and management approaches that will protect the significant ecological values at LHCPP and maintain its status as a globally recognized Important Bird and Biodiversity Area

     For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions and the Draft Management Plan.

    Public Comment


    The 60-day public comment period for the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park is now closed. Thank you for your feedback.

    What Happens After Public Comment

    All comments will be carefully reviewed and considered. Once approved, the final Management Plan will be posted on along with a “What We Heard” document summarizing all feedback received during the 60-day comment period.

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Updated: Sep 6, 2017