Monday, September 12, 2011

Hilliard’s Bay Provincial Park

We moved on down the road from Dunvegan today to Hilliard’s Bay on the shore of Lesser Slave Lake. It is the second largest lake entirely in Alberta and runs about 60 or 70 miles from end to end. Just for interest the largest lake is Lake Claire in Wood Buffalo National Park. We are dragging Mike and Janna along with us as we explore a lot of places that I have spent the last forty years just driving by.


The significance of this picture is one the wood not Mike. That is some of that fine “Heritage” wood that Brenda is always bugging me about carrying around and not burning. See Mike and Janna’s blog for some better pictures of the area.

Tomorrow we are headed more south and looking at the Pembina River Provincial Park just out of Entwistle, Alberta for our next stop. Thinking about that Pembina River country I should jump back a few days and mention that we had a visit from our good friends Dave and Sherry Schmidt down at Dogpound North on Labour Day. I neglected to get any pictures of that visit but we did manage to spend the day visiting and of course breaking some bread together before they, and the 50 bales of good Dogpound hay they bought from us, headed back north to their idyllic spot along the Pembina River.


  1. Nice fire ~ It was smoking some really great old smoke. LOL
    Have fun & Travel safe

  2. great picture of the 'fire watcher' you look so relaxed...I also make Rick drag wood everywhere we go a campfire...enjoy your day

  3. About six years ago I was dropped into the middle of Lake Clair - in Wood Buffalo National Park - with a tri-pod, Hi Definition broadcast camera, hip waders, a satellite phone and a radio to communicate with the helicopter pilot when it was time to be taken out. I spent over 3 hours in the very middle of the lake, I stood at a depth of 3.5 feet. For that specific shoot, I was focusing on waterfowl.

    You are right, it is the largest lake in Alberta and also the shallowest.

    Over a 10 day period, I wrote, filmed and produced a documentary on the Peace-Athabasca area with a heavy focus on Wood Buffalo National Park. It is one of the most beautiful places I witnessed - in all of my worldly travels - while surrounded by the early fall colours. I stayed in a wonderful lodge, run by the local Mikisew Cree nation, in Ft. Chipewyan, and flew in and out daily by helicopter.

    I love that country.

    Enjoy the balance of your travels there.

  4. Heritage wood or not, that is one good looking campfire.

    Now that I know the largest lake in Alberta, I'll have to find out what is the biggest one in Saskatchewan!