By the time we reached the turn off to Gooseberry Lake Provincial Park we were in really cattle country and it wasn't just the huge Rodeo Grounds that turned out to be adjacent to the park, that clued us in.
As it turns out, Gooseberry Lake is an internationally recognized 'Important Bird Area' known partly for its popularity as a stopping place for waterfowl and shorebirds during spring and fall migration, but also because it has a small breeding population of the endangered 'Piping Plover'.
The campground and park was very well maintained with lots of large shade trees and green lawns. The amenities such as large playing fields and golf course sort of gave testament to the fact that this must be a pretty popular place, and the fact that the 'lawn' at the entrance, although mowed, consisted of 90% cactus and 10% grass....sort of gives you an idea that this is probably a pretty warm place during most of the season. When we arrived it was cloudy and threatening rain and there were only a few other units parked at the far end of the campground, but obviously early arrivals for the rodeo that was apparently going to be that weekend.
The above is a view of the lake itself. Not the most scenic of lakes, and you can see that the country around about is pretty flat, just gently rolling grasslands for the most part. The above view would be looking from the location of the campsite towards the north east.
This shrub was growing in amongst a number of trees, where the hillside rose up towards the campsite and park entrance. As close as I can figure it is Tartarian Honeysuckle, a shrub that is apparently native to areas of Asia and has now naturalized in some parts of Alberta, after escaping from gardens.