One of Alberta’s Most Enchanting Beaches is Hidden Just Outside Edmonton

By Britanny Burr on July 3, 2024.

There's always a sense of excitement in the air as summer makes its way across Alberta, and we start to come out from hiding. When summer hits, we look for any and all opportunities to bask in the sun, cool down in the water, and enjoy everything this awesome landscape has to offer. Today, we're highlighting a hidden oasis, only a quick drive from Edmonton, waiting to be discovered.

Just a stone's throw away from the town of Boyle lies one of the province's best-kept secrets. Known for its sandy beaches, clean, swimmable water, and surrounding natural beauty, this oasis is not a distant dream but a reality waiting to be explored, whether for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

While many are familiar with Alberta's larger lakes, this long, winding lake surrounded by boreal forest offers visitors a serene, less crowded alternative that feels like a true escape. Welcome to Long Lake Provincial Park, a tranquil haven situated 20 km south of Boyle along Highway 831 in Thornhild Country.

Long Lake stretches over 12 km, with clear, inviting water surrounded by dense forests. The beach area is a crescent of soft, golden sand where you can spread out a beach blanket, relax, and soak up the summer sun. The water is refreshingly cool, perfect for a leisurely swim, floating on a float, or trying out an activity like kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. For those who prefer to stay dry, the beach is an ideal spot to set up a picnic, build sand castles, or relax with a juicy summer read.

Two people sitting in beach chairs looking out over the lake in Long Lake Provincial Park, Alberta. / Alberta Parks

There is more to the park than just the beach. There's a wealth of activities to keep everyone entertained. Boating enthusiasts will be delighted by the expansive waters, perfect for water sports or fishing. The lake is well-stocked with a variety of fish, including northern pike, perch, and walleye. You'll need a fishing license to try your hand at catching a bite, but it's well worth it. The park also has a boat launch, allowing easy entry in and out of the water.

Camping at Long Lake Provincial Park is excellent for families with young children. The well-maintained campground offers a range of camping sites, a general store, a concession, fully serviced washrooms, a laundromat, playgrounds, and a large grassy area. There is a boat house with canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards available for rent. Kids will spend hours playing on the sandy shores of the lake while enjoying a multitude of activities. The park is complete with a paved trail around the campground and White Earth Trail, a 17 km trail for hiking and biking.

There is a wonderful local Farmers Market held every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May through August. Vendors sell locally sourced items such as veggies, preserves, pies, crafts, and so much more.

Like the rest of Canada, Albertans appreciate the long days of summer. The arrival of summer is a celebration of renewal. It's the season to embrace outdoor living, connect with nature, and make memories with family and friends. Long Lake Provincial Park is a wonderful summer destination for a day trip or longer stay. So pack your floaties, beach blanket, and campfire favourites, and make the most of your summer at Long Lake Provincial Park. This beautiful spot truly has it all.

Britanny Burr is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the Great West Media & Southern Alberta Newspapers Hot Summer Guide advertising feature. The Hot Summer Guide is a special feature about summer activities, bucket list adventures, staycation options, road trips, attractions, events, and road trip-worthy food & beverage destinations across Alberta. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.

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