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Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park conserves Big Lake, a freshwater wetland ecosystem with bio-diverse riparian, aquatic and semi-aquatic habitats surrounded by small stands of deciduous and coniferous woodlands. The lake is shallow, with an average depth in the middle of its two basins of less than four metres. There is a viewing platform on eastern shore of Big Lake at the mouth of Sturgeon River. Access to the platform is off Riel Drive in St. Albert or from Red Willow Trail (follow trail west along the south bank of the river).
Big Lake is a globally significant Important Bird Area. It supports large nesting grounds and many migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. More than 220 species of birds have been sighted in the park.