Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park Beaches

Lac la Biche, Alberta

The beaches of Sir Winston Churchill are located on Alberta's only island park. The beaches are sandy and wide with shallow waters and sand bars in the swimming area. There is a day use beach and a campers' beach. Both have the necessary amenities for a day or two at the beach and the shallow waters, sand, and playgrounds make them ideal for families.

Lac La Biche (Doe in english) water quality can vary and the water can become quite abundant with algae in the Summer months. Other beaches in the area around the Town of Lac la Biche such as McCarthur Beach have been posted in the past. There are alot of other beaches east of Lac La Biche where water quality is more consistent like Cold Lake or North to Lesser Slave Lake. Photo credit to Jonathan Kim from Panoramio.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • No data available

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample. North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available.
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Current Weather
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Cloudy
Monitoring Frequency

Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park Beaches is not sampled

Source Information

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors freshwater beaches across the province of Alberta. Water samples at this beach are collected by AHS staff and processed by Alberta Public Laboratories.

Beaches are sampled on varying frequencies for Enterococcus and for cyanobacteria and microcystins (blue-green algae) during the summer months.

Water quality is monitored in accordance with the proposed Alberta Safe Beach Protocol, using the Environmental Protection Agency’s Recreational Water Quality Criteria.

Enterococcus is measured using the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) based molecular method of testing recreational water. High Enterococcus levels can indicate fecal contamination which poses human health risks. Guidelines recommend that a water quality advisory be posted when the tests demonstrate calibrator cell equivalents (cce) surpassing 1,280/100ml.

When a Water Quality Advisory is issued, a notice is erected at the beach indicating that the location is unfit for swimming or bathing. In addition, a Water Quality Advisory is issued through the AHS website, local media.
An advisory is rescinded once water quality meets the above standards.

In addition to Enterococcus, AHS monitors blue-green algae throughout the swimming season. Algal blooms are monitored through visual observation and through testing for cyanobacteria and microcystins (toxins produced by blue-green algae).

AHS issues a Blue-Green Algae Advisory when a bloom is identified. Advisories are posted online to https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/bga.aspx, circulated by local media. Appropriate signage is posted around the water body (public beaches, access points, campgrounds, etc). These advisories remain in place for the duration that the health risk persists.

Swim Guide posts all advisories (enterococcus and blue green algae) that are announced. However Swim Guide is not able to share monitoring data for Alberta beaches on an ongoing basis as AHS does not share water quality test results with the public. Therefore, the swim icon will appear grey for monitored beaches due to a lack of public access to AHS recreational water quality data. Advisories will appear on the beach page as a special status red, with an ad.

Water Quality Graph

Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park Beaches

Lac la Biche, Alberta

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample. North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
11°C
Cloudy

The beaches of Sir Winston Churchill are located on Alberta's only island park. The beaches are sandy and wide with shallow waters and sand bars in the swimming area. There is a day use beach and a campers' beach. Both have the necessary amenities for a day or two at the beach and the shallow waters, sand, and playgrounds make them ideal for families.

Lac La Biche (Doe in english) water quality can vary and the water can become quite abundant with algae in the Summer months. Other beaches in the area around the Town of Lac la Biche such as McCarthur Beach have been posted in the past. There are alot of other beaches east of Lac La Biche where water quality is more consistent like Cold Lake or North to Lesser Slave Lake. Photo credit to Jonathan Kim from Panoramio.

Monitoring Frequency

Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park Beaches is not sampled

Source Information

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors freshwater beaches across the province of Alberta. Water samples at this beach are collected by AHS staff and processed by Alberta Public Laboratories.

Beaches are sampled on varying frequencies for Enterococcus and for cyanobacteria and microcystins (blue-green algae) during the summer months.

Water quality is monitored in accordance with the proposed Alberta Safe Beach Protocol, using the Environmental Protection Agency’s Recreational Water Quality Criteria.

Enterococcus is measured using the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) based molecular method of testing recreational water. High Enterococcus levels can indicate fecal contamination which poses human health risks. Guidelines recommend that a water quality advisory be posted when the tests demonstrate calibrator cell equivalents (cce) surpassing 1,280/100ml.

When a Water Quality Advisory is issued, a notice is erected at the beach indicating that the location is unfit for swimming or bathing. In addition, a Water Quality Advisory is issued through the AHS website, local media.
An advisory is rescinded once water quality meets the above standards.

In addition to Enterococcus, AHS monitors blue-green algae throughout the swimming season. Algal blooms are monitored through visual observation and through testing for cyanobacteria and microcystins (toxins produced by blue-green algae).

AHS issues a Blue-Green Algae Advisory when a bloom is identified. Advisories are posted online to https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/bga.aspx, circulated by local media. Appropriate signage is posted around the water body (public beaches, access points, campgrounds, etc). These advisories remain in place for the duration that the health risk persists.

Swim Guide posts all advisories (enterococcus and blue green algae) that are announced. However Swim Guide is not able to share monitoring data for Alberta beaches on an ongoing basis as AHS does not share water quality test results with the public. Therefore, the swim icon will appear grey for monitored beaches due to a lack of public access to AHS recreational water quality data. Advisories will appear on the beach page as a special status red, with an ad.

Water Quality Graph

  Beach Location Water Quality
Lac La Biche, Alberta
Lac La Biche, Alberta
Lac La Biche, Alberta
Lac La Biche, Alberta
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