As one of Alberta’s oldest Provincial Parks, Park Lake, located 20 km northwest of Lethbridge, Alberta is an oasis to its visitors from the often dry and dusty landscape that surrounds it.
Popular with the locals as a place to work on their tan or ride the wind on their windsurfers, Park Lake has long been utilized as a reservoir drawn upon by area farmers to irrigate their crops in the otherwise inhospitable climate of Southern Alberta.
With few lakes in the area, Park Lake Provincial Park also offers an excellent place for campers to pitch their tent and to cool down on those hot summer days made for lounging on the beach.
The campground itself consists of two loops with a total of 73 campsites, 55 of which provide power. Each has a fire pit and firewood is available on site for a fee. The campsites located in the park are closer together than I prefer but that seems to be the norm in the campgrounds in the area.
The northern loop lies beneath large overgrown trees that provide excellent shade. This loop is located alongside the lake and contains campsites with and without power. The campsites in this loop are available on a first come first served basis. Since this is the original campground in the park, its facilities are a bit outdated. There is a playground a short distance away.
The southern camping loop is available by reservation only and offers brand new facilities. Each site includes power and there is a playground on the west end of the loop. The major drawback of this loop for now is its lack of shade. It is beautifully landscaped so in the years to come will mature into a gorgeous park like setting.
The park itself offers a multitude of recreational activities. Trails along Park Lake make for beautiful strolls to view the landscape and multitude of birds that reside there. The two playgrounds in the park are new and will entertain the kids for hours. There is also a concession stand for cool treats on those hot summer days.
While visiting the park you may like to visit some of the local communities.
Lethbridge, being the largest, offers most of the services one could ever want. It has a number of tourist attractions ranging from a museum as well as opportunities to shop and eat out.
Other nearby communities include Nobleford offering a great heritage museum showcasing agricultural equipment, antiques as well as photographs dating back well over 100 years.
Picture Butte has a great community swimming pool and a museum of its own with over 100 antique tractors, combines and thrashers on display.
Whether you’re just passing through or able to spend more time, Park Lake Provincial Park offers a great opportunity for campers to relax and enjoy sunny Southern Alberta.