Beauvais Lake Provincial Park | Alberta, Canada
Diverse montane landscapes, great scenery, camping, hiking, and trout fishing draw visitors to Beauvais Lake Provincial Park, a protected area that straddles the ecotone, or mixing zone, between native prairie grasslands and the Rocky Mountains. Rare plants such as the white bog orchid, mountain ladyslipper and blue camas can be observed in spring and early-sumer bloom. Nestled in the foothills of southwest Alberta, almost 3,000 acres, this provincial park protects a unique landscape of fescue grassland, wetlands, and forests of aspen, poplar, Douglas fir, spruce and pine. Beauvais Lake is home to loons, osprey, eagles, geese, mule deer, moose, elk, black and grizzly bears to name a few species of wildlife that inhabit the montane landscape.
As early as 1881, newcomers settled near Beauvais Lake; trails lead to these early homestead sites and to beaver ponds, wooded slopes and lakeside walks.
Spectacular views of Alberta's Livingston Range, The Castle Wilderness, Porcupine Hills and British Columbia's Flathead Mountain Range meet your gaze as you climb Piney Point or Mount Albert in the park. Wildflower and bird watching are at their peak in June and July, bring your wildflower and bird guides. Visitors appreciate great half day hikes or walks, along the trail system and the quiet camping opportunities. As well, Beauvais Lake is only 20 minutes from Pincher Creek and a short drive to museums, annual community events and other hiking trails. The park has a nice secluded winter camping spot in the campground, bring your own water, several sites are ploughed.
Driving Directions to Key Access Points
Beauvais Lake is 20 minutes drive from the town of Pincher Creek, 2 hours from Calgary and just over an hour from Lethbridge and just under an hour from Waterton Lakes National Park.
Follow highway 507 west from the town of Pincher Creek approximately 12 km. At (paved) secondary road 775 turn south (watch for the sign). Follow 775 for approximately 8 km. This road heads straight into Beauvais Lake Provincial Park. At the entrance make a turn at the first small gravel driveway on the right to find the seasonally operated park office. The second right turn leads to the Campground (follow the sign and turn right again) or the Beaver Creek Day Use Area (follow the sign straight). Hiking trail heads can be found at the Beaver Creek Day Use Area or the playground in the Campground. If you stay on the paved road, you will find the boat launch at the head of the lake and further along the road, just passed the cottages, the north shore day-use area with two camp kitchens, outhouses and a playground.
Highlights of this State or Provincial Park
Summer and Winter Adventures:
Great camping - small and secluded camping power and basic service, you can prebook with reserve.albertaparks.ca or choose from our first come first serve sites. Walk in tent area also available. Great for RV's, small campers, tenting. Quiet, comfortable, well maintained campground and facilities.
Great Group Camping - for family reunions, gatherings, scout and youth group camping reserve the Homestead Group Camp. Beautiful camp kitchen shelter, solar lights, clean outhouses, lots of space for camping with tents and trailers and RV's.
Enjoy the following activities in the summer: bird watching, wildlife viewing, hiking, walking, cycling, amphibian monitoring, summer lectures, superb, well maintained trails, over 30 km of hiking trails, fishing, boating, camping, camp fires, interpretive programs, education programs.
Enjoy the following activities in the winter: bird watching, birding, wildlife viewing, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, skiing, ice fishing, camping (select sites open all year), skating. Check nordic ski trail reports via the SW Park Update sent to local visitor centres and available on www.albertaparks.ca search for Beauvais Lake.
Key Access Points to this State or Provincial Park
The only access is on secondary road 775 to the main entrance of the park. Piney Point and the homestead hiking trail heads are accessible from the Beaver Creek Day Use Area (parking is available, outhouses and kitchen shelters are located in this day use area). The rest of the trails can be accessed from the playground in the campground (parking is available).
Best Seasons or Dates to Visit
This park is open all year round. In the summer, spring and fall enjoy hiking, wildlife viewing, camping and fishing. The 85 site campground and much smaller walk in tent site are wonderful, secluded camping areas. In the winter the visitor will also find a section of campsites plowed and accessible; but should bring their own water and firewood. Folks should try their hand at snowshoeing or cross-country skiing and take part in the winter bird count for SW Alberta. School groups, particularly grade four and five classes should visit in May and June with their teachers to gain outdoor educational experience with the grade five science unit wetland ecosystems and grade four social studies topic, a sense of land.