Dedicated to admiration and conservation.

Every spring, billions of gem-like songbirds and waterfowl migrate to Canada’s boreal forest. The dawn chorus of singing birds in the spring is a symphony of melodies and a feast to the ears. Birders will not want to miss the annual Songbird Festival, held the first weekend in June, to hear and see up to 23 of Canada’s 28 warbler species. The park protects diverse bird habitats including lakeshore, old growth forest, wetlands and mixed wood forest. There are a number of owl species to be found including the great grey owl, the northern hawk owl, the barred owl and a fall migration of northern saw-whet owl. As well, there have been rare sightings of the pygmy owl, the black guillemot and lazuli bunting.

Important long-term research is conducted in the park by the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory Society at Alberta’s northern-most migration monitoring station. The observatory is a vital link in the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network. Visit the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory online at

Visitors can learn more about the work of the observatory and boreal birds at the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation, located near the middle of the park..

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Be bear smart. Remember, when you’re exploring Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, you are in bear country. Both black and grizzly bears can be found in the park.

Visit the amazing Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation, a unique research and education facility dedicated to the study of the world of birds and their relationship with the boreal forest. Tour the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory where researchers will introduce you to the tiny migratory songbirds that take refuge here. Calling all birdwatchers for spring and fall migrations: more than 254 species on the checklist! Come in early June for the annual Songbird Festival.


The Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory (LSLBO) is dedicated to bird conservation through research and education. As one of the few banding stations located in the Boreal Forest, the LSLBO collects critical infomration on the boreal forest breeding grounds of migratory birds. It is a full member of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network.


Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

Lesser Slave River is “Iyaghchi Eennu Sepe “ in Cree, meaning "River of the Strange People." The river itself is a major tributary of the Athabasca River. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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