Whitney Lakes

Auto-accessible, 24 km east of Elk Point on Hwy 646 275 km from Edmonton 575 km from Calgary
Day use only
Alberta Community Development

Address:
Elk Point, Alberta Canada
Phone Number:
(780) 645-6295
Phone Number:
(780) 943-2342
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Camping - The park has two campgrounds. Ross Lake campground has 149 well-treed campsites, 18 of which are equipped with power. Facilities include coin operated showers, treated tap water, fire pits and a playground. Whitney Lake campground has 45 campsites, potable water (hand pump), a playground and access to a natural sand beach. All campsites are first come-first served.
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Boating & Canoeing - Enjoy a day out on one of the parks four lakes. Power boating and canoeing are permitted on Whitney, Rossand Laurier lakes. Due to Borden Lake’s isolation, only canoes are allowed.

Fishing - Try your luck at catching perch, pike and walleye in Laurier Lake while Whitney and Ross lakes are good bets for perch and pike.

Trails - The park has an extensive trail system of more than 30 km, linking Ross, Whitney, Laurier and Borden lakes.Trails follow shorelines, pass through dense forests and offer exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities.

Winter Activities - Cross-country skiing - Ice fishing - Snowshoeing.


Trails at Whitney Lakes Elk Point

Birding - With more than 145 species of birds and waterfowl recorded in the park, Whitney Lakes provides a rewarding bird watching experience.

Wildlife Viewing - A variety of animals are attracted to the Whitney Lakes area by the diversity of plant life. The park’s wetlands and forests of pine, white spruce, aspen, birch and willow are home to deer, moose, beaver, red squirrel and flying squirrel. 

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Trails - The park has an extensive trail system of more than 30 km, linking Ross, Whitney, Laurier and Borden lakes.Trails follow shorelines, pass through dense forests and offer exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities.You can walk one of the shorter
loops or enjoy a day hike on one of the park’s extended backcountry trails. If mountain biking is more to your liking, the trail system offers easy family rides as well as more challenging terrain. With more than 145 species of birds and waterfowl recorded in the park, Whitney Lakes provides a rewarding bird watching experience.

History abounds in Whitney Lakes Provincial Park. Here you will find historic Winnipeg Trail, which stretched from Ft. Garry near Winnipeg to Ft. Edmonton more than 200 years ago.

Also called North Victoria or Carlton trail, it played a major role in Western Canada’s history. Aboriginal people, early explorers and traders used the trail during the late
1700s and early 1800s.

With establishment of Victoria Mission in 1863, the trail was upgraded so Red River
carts and wagons could readily use it. It became a vital freight, mail and telegraph route that permitted development of the fledgling Province of Alberta.

Peter Fidler, Reverend John McDougall, Chief Big Bear, Bishop Gabriel Dumont and Father Lacombe traveled the route, as did patrols of the Northwest Mounted Police and,in 1885, the Alberta Field Force of the Canadian Militia. While hiking the trails near Ross and Whitney lakes, some people say that if you listen carefully you may still hear the creaking of the Red River Carts.

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This is an approximate location. Please contact the owner for exact directions.

Last modified on February 3, 2016  by Town of Elk Point

Category: Outdoor Sports & Recreation

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Did You Know?

Village of Elk Point Formed, 1938
In the words of J.C. Jensen "We have functioned barely a year and as the first Council we feel at this date, that justifiable pride can be taken in the solvency of the village finances, and in the local improvements that have been carried out. We do not claim infallibility but we have sincerely tried to provide the greatest good for the greatest number. We feel a pride in our village. We hope that it may grow more beautiful, become ever more conscious of the civic pride and truly be a community of which the younger growing generation can always look back to as a sphere of pleasant memories. Our aim is to foster the feeling beyond our confines, that we need them as well as their need of us."