If I ever decide to relocate to Alberta, Lac la Biche is certainly a town I would consider. I was totally enchanted with it. Small, but not too small with a mix of heritage and modern, set on the shores of the lake by the same name.....and if I had to name my favorite top 10 provincial parks, Sir Winston Churchill would certainly have to be in there somewhere. The park itself is an island, the only way to reach it, other than by water, is via the causeway built specifically for that purpose. The island is fairly large and varied in vegetation. The road circles the outer edge of the island with the campground on the south shore. The campground itself is spread out and made up of a series of small loops, with nice, private campsites set back into the vegetation, so I imagine that even if the park was full, it wouldn't feel crowded. We headed for a site on the far end and set up camp. Red Squirrels were everywhere. The main part of the island was quite forested, which suited these little guys to a 'T'.
After supper we went for a drive along the park road, and came to a nice look out area where we stopped to take the following pictures. I had not realized at the time that I had somehow managed to put a nice greasy fingerprint on my camera lens, so must apologize for the lack of clarity......
OK, I see I mixed these up a bit. The above picture is actually taken from just behind our campsite, late in the evening.
Now for the above picture, I must ask you to click on it to make it full screen, and look carefully at the sky. Notice all those black specks? They are bugs. Millions and millions of bugs. They aren't biting bugs, they are chronomide...and any of you who are fishermen know about chronomide. During the day, there was a constant low hum as these bugs sheltered in the tops of the trees, but as evening fell, the bugs came down lower, vast clouds of them. Walking along the board walk, at times, was like walking through a snowstorm of little black bugs.
This was the site that the viewing platform was focused on. Again, I urge you to click on the picture to bring it full size (use your 'back' button to get back to the normal blog). All of those dark specs were Double Crested Cormorant. The smaller white specks are gulls. I'm not sure what type, probably a mix of Ring bill and Franklin as both are pretty popular in the area. The larger white birds in the middle are American White Pelican, and there is one lone Great Blue Heron in the very center.