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2017 Lac La Biche Visitor Guide
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    Your Bucket List Starts Here! 2017 Visitor Guide www.laclabicheregion.com

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    ©Photo by Darryl Hansen Jump Right In! Contents Welcome to Lac La Biche Region.......................................................5 Experience & Explore......................................................................6-7 Events & Entertainment................................................................8-13 Beaches & Boats..........................................................................14-15 Hot Spot Fishing Holes...............................................................16-17 Campgrounds.............................................................................18-22 Cabins/Bed & Breakfasts..................................................................23 Hotel Guide.................................................................................24-25 Golf Our Green Fairways to Heaven............................................26-27 Our History..................................................................................28-29 MAPS..........................................................................................30-32 Historic Sites & Museum Tours...................................................33-35 Dining Guide...............................................................................36-37 Farmers’ Markets, Unicorns & U-Picks........................................38-39 Shop til You Drop........................................................................40-41 Canoe Circuit & Trails of Lakeland Provincial Park.......................42-43 Diving Ducks, Dabbling Ducks, Pelicans & Loons.......................44-45 Geocaching – Your Treasure Hunt Awaits........................................46 Plamondon.......................................................................................47 Hylo / Venice / Rich Lake...................................................................48 Buffalo Lake & Kikino Métis Settlements..........................................49 Beaver Lake Cree Nation & Heart Lake First Nation..........................50 Recreation........................................................................................51 Why We Love Winter...................................................................52-53 David Thompson 'Koo-koo-sint'.................................................54-55 Our Night Life..............................................................................56-57 Connect With Us...............................................................................58 www.laclabicheregion.com 3

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    A Publication in Partnership with: Lac La Biche is nestled along the southeast corner of Lac la Biche Lake at the intersection of Highways 36 and 55, approximately 220 km northeast of Edmonton. The hamlet is the regional centre for business with many services: hotels, restaurants, banks, retail, grocery, unique boutiques, clothing stores and golf course. The population is about 3,000 within hamlet boundaries, but increases to 6,000 including business people and students from elementary to high school, and college. Ce logo permet d’indiquer les fournisseurs de services en tourisme qui offrent des services bilingues en anglais et en français. This logo indicates service providers and tourism operators that offer bilingual services in English and French. Photo Credits: Our featured photographer is Mel Skladan. Mel has called the Lac La Biche area home for more than 15 years. She has a love of nature and gets inspiration from what she sees in those great outdoors. We are honoured to share Mel's photographs and thrilled to showcase some of her most stunning shots of the Aurora Borealis, landscapes, birds and wildlife in the Lac La Biche Region. Front cover photos of the pelican and Aurora Borealis courtesy Mel Skladan. Main cover photo courtesy Amanda Jantz. We thank Amanda for helping us launch our 2017 Visitor Guide with a splash! Seeing more of her photos is on our bucket list. Darryl Hansen helped us jump right into our new issue. He and his family are all-season outdoor enthusiasts. Darryl has a keen eye and a knack for camera-capturing birds in their natural element. Other contributing photographers are credited throughout the magazine. 4 www.laclabicheregion.com Michele McDougall - Community Economic Development Coordinator Ph: 780-623-2662 www.laclabicheregion.com Box 2188, Lac La Biche, Alberta T0A 2C0 /LLBtourism @LLBtourism /llbtourism The Official Guide of Lac La Biche Region ©2017 Lac La Biche Tourism, all rights reserved. TourismSolutions.ca Designed & Published by The Marketer Design & Digital Publishing - Jolene Kisilevich Advertising Design - Wanda Magnan Sales & Marketing - Kevin D. Kisilevich Communications - Ellie Goertzen Ph. 780-632-6191 E: jolenedesign@tourismsolutions.ca www.tourismsolutions.ca Duplication or reproduction in whole or in part of this publication is strictly prohibited without written permission from the publisher. All efforts have been made by the publisher to ensure that the information in this publication is current and accurate. The Publisher accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions in this publication, and the opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Printed in Canada for Free Distribution.

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    Welcome to the In Lac La Biche, Mother Nature is at your doorstep. Our northern Alberta hamlet is nestled in the Boreal Forest dotted with pristine lakes and abundant wildlife. Golden sand, 1,300 beach-side campsites and cabins await, with more than 100 lakes to choose from! When you visit Lac La Biche Region you have all this PLUS sport fishing in summer and winter, access to the only canoe circuit in Alberta, and when the mood strikes, fast-paced water sports. We are proud of our cultural diversity here! Lac la Biche Lake is the French translation of a Cree phrase meaning "Lake of the elk, or Lake of the red deers". We celebrate and honour the past with our interactive museums, rodeos, pow wows, and community gatherings featuring local culinary delights and performing arts. www.laclabicheregion.com 5

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    Experience & Explore! Fish! Bring your rod, reel and bait. Better yet, grab your gear from any of our suppliers in the Lac La Biche region, and cast your line for a full day of keeper-sized fish! You'll get a hit every time in our stocked trout pond. Alexander Hamilton Pond is a stone's throw east of downtown. ©Photo by Jaclyn Denman Sleep under the stars whether in a serviced site or roughing it in the backcountry. Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park is Alberta's only island provincial park. Take the family for a boat ride or a spin on any of the 100 plus lakes in our region! ©Photo by Mel Skladan Enjoy a peaceful paddle on Lac la Biche. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Sir Winston Provincial Park. Get your photo taken with the greatest map maker of the new world David Thompson. Visit our David Thompson monument on the lakeshore of Lac la Biche. The statue was built to commemorate Thompson's arrival back in 1798. ©Photo by Mel Skladan ©Photo by Mel Skladan Discover why Lac La Biche is a designated bird sanctuary. Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park has an incredible viewing platform at Pelican Viewpoint. Around our lake you'll see Pelicans, Eagles, Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Buffleheads, Warblers, Grebes, the elusive Savannah Sparrow, and the wily Woodpecker. 6 www.laclabicheregion.com

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    Golf! Your dream round awaits at one of the most beautiful golf courses in Alberta. After your 9 or 18 holes, reward yourself at the clubhouse and take in the incredible view. Paddle through Alberta's only canoe circuit in Lakeland Provincial Park. The Canoe Circuit includes 4 lakes: Jackson, Kinnaird, Blackett, & McGuffin. If you're up for the challenge, take the portage to Dabbs, Touchwood and Seibert Lakes. Fresh, ripe & delicious! Farmer's Market every Friday afternoon from May-December at the Lakeland Agricom! Pick fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade jams, jellies, perogies and pies to enjoy on the boat, at a beach picnic, or around the campfire. Explore more than 40 kilometres of biking/hiking trails in the park while in the backcountry of Lakeland Provincial Park. ATV enthusiasts have more than 100 km to ride within the boundaries of the Recreation Area. No shopping cart smash ups here! Spend as much time as you want browsing through the branches of a local U-Pick berry farm. For pedal bikers and pedestrians: Downtown Lac La Biche to Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park = 21 kms Lakefront stroll from McArthur Place to west of David Thompson = 3 kms Lac La Biche to Beaver Lake = 5 kms Main street east to west =1.8 km We don't know what boredom is around here! • Beat the Heat at our Spray Park just east of McArthur Place • Experience the Lac La Biche Regional Museum & Discovery Center in McArthur Place • Travel back in time at the National Historic Site – the Lac La Biche Mission • Build sand castles on the beach • Elbow pads are a must at our totally ramped up Outdoor Skate Park • Explore the Bold Center, a world class fitness & recreation facility. Depending on the season, you can take in a hockey game, or take in a steam after a workout • Take in Steak night at the Lac La Biche Legion every Friday night www.laclabicheregion.com 7

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    Events & Entertainment ©Photo by Mel Skladan & Entertainment Events& Events We are your year-round destination with something to do in the Lac La Biche Region each and every month! FEBRUARY 18-20 Family Day Weekend & Free Fishing Weekend This is the first of 2 free fishing weekends this year! Any person may fish without an Alberta Sportfishing Licence on this weekend, but must follow Alberta’s sportfishing regulations. 19 Free Family Fun in the Snow Sunday of the Family Day Weekend - the 5th annual free Fun in the Snow day! Cultural activities, music, sleigh rides, ice fishing, bannock, jam, chili, wiener roast, and warming hut. Held at the Beaver Lake Group Use Area. 20 Family Day Festival Lac La Biche County hosts the community at Alexander Hamilton Park Pond. Snowshoeing and ice fishing gear supplied but bring your skates, sleds and enjoy a free hot lunch. Alberta Parks and organizations including Rich Lake offer family skating, cross-country skiing and free fun outdoor winter activities. 25-26 Winter Festival of Speed Ice racing on Lac la Biche Lake: cars, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and ATVs. See the aircraft fly-in, and register for the snowmobile trail rally. Family-friendly activities, sleigh rides, skating, concessions. (Pictured above). MARCH 4 Kinsmen On The Pond Hockey Tournament Hockey tournament on the frozen lake, one of the largest in Alberta and the first of its kind in Canada for Kids! Kinsmen design, build and maintain eight pro-rated rinks. Concessions, 50/50 draws and quad raffle. 12 Cabane à Sucre à Plamondon Une célébration doux pour la fin de l'hiver. A Sweet celebration for the end of winter! 17-19 2017 ACTWS Conference & AGM Members of the Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society meet at the Bold Center. Sessions include: 'The good, the bad, and the ugly effects of fire on our landscape' and 'When is predator control justified?’ 18 Hockey en Fête à Plamondon Un tournoi de hockey consacré aux francophones et francophiles de la province, qui rassemble des équipes qui jouent avec du coeur! A Francophone Hockey Tournament that brings local and provincial teams together that play with heart! Francophone and bilingual entertainment during the entire weekend! 25 Hylo Annual Quad Rally Mother Nature always provides a surprise for this weekend, leaving it until the morning before to decide whether you should prepare for some snow or mud, or both! 8 www.laclabicheregion.com

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    ©Photo by Darryl Hansen APRIL 1 Portage College Lac La Biche Campus - Sports and Education Dinner This year's featured guest and speaker Lanny McDonald. Funds benefit an endowment for student scholarships: 'The Spirit of Community 7-Dec 15 Lac La Biche Farmers Market Fresh fruit, vegetables, homemade delights and hand-crafted collectibles! Every Friday from 3-5:30 pm at the Lakeland Agricom just east of the LLB County rural office along HWY 881 By- Pass. See ad page 11. 14-17 2017 Canadian Indoor 3D Nationals (Archery) Archers from across Canada compete in LLB for the 2017 3D Indoor Canadian National Archery Championships. Spectators will get a glimpse of what's to come in 2019 for the 3D World Championships in Lac La Biche! 25 Lac La Biche Community Safety Night sponsored by Devon. Free! Fun and interactive safety activities for the whole family so everyone can stay safe and healthy. Learn about Emergency & Disaster Services and if necessary, how to survive for 72 hours in an emergency. MAY 6 30th Annual Heart Ride Hoof-A-Thon A fundraiser bringing together horseback riders & wagon teams for a trail ride starting at the Atmore Community Hall. 16 Kikino Quad Rally Starting at Kikino Silver Birch Resort, everyone is welcome to join and enjoy the beauty of Kikino Métis Settlement. You quad through the marked trails across the rolling hills and through the boreal forest of our region. 27 Rich Lake Family Trail Ride Riders of all levels welcome! Wagons are also permitted. The ride starts at the Fork Lake 4H Camp and winds along the banks of the Beaver River. 27 Lac La Biche Victim Services First Responders Golf Tournament Funds raised stay in the community to help those who have been victimized. Held at Lac La Biche Golf course. Events & Entertainment JUNE 3 Venice Picnic Chicken & Spaghetti, fun & games for the whole family – in Venice of course! 10 minutes south west of Lac La Biche. 5-11 Lac La Biche Seniors' Week Show appreciation for our seniors and all they contribute to our quality of life. Activities in the past have included meet and greets and art walks. Check in at the Lac La Biche Heritage Society for more information. 9-11 Plamondon Jamboree Join us for a foot tapping, hand clapping good time! The jamboreee draws musicians from across Western Canada. All that classic country music just might pull you & your partner up on the dance floor! 10 Hope Haven Golf Day Show support for the local women's shelter while golfing at one of the most beautiful courses in Alberta, the Lac La Biche Golf Course. Registration includes breakfast, shot gun start, holes-in-one opportunities for cash or car, championship and best ball trophies, BBQ banquet. 16-18 Portage La Biche Rendezvous Feel the pull of the voyageur canoe as you go back in time! Brought to you by the LLB Regional Museum and Discovery Centre, LLB Mission, and the Antique Society, 3 days of adventure: Pancake breakfast, voyageur canoe send off, paddling the shores of Lac la Biche to the trading post, blacksmithing, games, cultural food and BBQ dinner. Father's Day features historical show & shine, and canoe races. Events & Entertainment For the latest information visit our Events Calendar at www.laclabicheregion.com 9

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    ©Photo by Mel Skladan Events & Entertainment Events & Entertainment JUNE con’t... 21 National Aboriginal Day Celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. These groups share many similarities, but they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. 23-25 Plamondon Mud Bogs 20th Anniversary See the mud fly at the annual Mud Bog competition! This CMRO sanctioned event has high octane races. Food vendors all weekend, kids activities, bouncy houses, monster school bus rides & on-site camping. Friday night’s mud event followed by a triple band stand concert. Sat. mud races all day, Celtic band dance at Festival Centre. See ad page 47. 24 Lac La Biche Summer Solstice Half Marathon, 10k, & 5k An annual fundraising race that encourages families and the community to be active and healthy together. 27-29 Beaver Lake Cree Nation Pow Wow This is a must-experience event! Part of the traditional Pow Wow competition is the Grand Entry. You'll feel the vibration from the drums beating, wow at the traditional dancers, and marvel at the extravagant hand-made costumes. **For the latest information visit our Events Calendar at www.laclabicheregion.com JULY 1 Lac La Biche Mission Canada Day Celebration There’s no better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday than a free party that begins with a pancake breakfast! The day is jam-packed with children’s activities, artisans and craft vendors, caricature artist and on-site concession. Culture takes centre stage with singing, dancing, and fiddling. Make sure to stay for the steak supper. 1 Canada 150 Fireworks in Lac La Biche It’s the fireworks show 150 years in the making! Canada Day fireworks at McArthur Park Beach hosted by the Lac La Biche County starts at 11 pm. 8-9 Free Fishing Weekend Held on the second weekend of July to encourage folks to give fishing a try. Any person may fish without an Alberta Sportfishing Licence on these dates, but they must follow Alberta's sportfishing regulations. 15 Alberta Parks Day A day for Albertans to rediscover fun and reconnect with nature. Participating provincial parks host activities for the whole family: sandcastle-building competition, bear safety, scavenger hunt, and campfire. All at Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park. 30 Plamondon Heritage Days Join the community as they celebrate their French culture in Plamondon. Dress in period costume and immerse yourself in the fun! 10 www.laclabicheregion.com

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