Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station

About Miquelon

Miquelon Lake Provincial Park is a small park located close to Edmonton. It offers many recreational opportunities for visitors, including overnight camping, day-use facilities, hiking trails, canoeing, interpretive programming, winter activities, and more.

Recent coverage of the research station and the Beaver Hills Biosphere. Research Station coverage goes from 4:49 to 6:52.

The Park is located within the Beaver Hills Biosphere, which is a UNESCO designation for the entire Cooking Lake Moraine. This is a transitional zone between Alberta’s Aspen Parkland and Boreal Forest subregions. These ecosystems support a rich mosaic of microclimates including forests, wetlands, grasslands. The park is geographically and biologically unique from the surrounding lands, and lacks the heavy agricultural influences that surround its perimeter. In addition to being protected as a Provincial Park, Miquelon Lake is also classified as an Important Bird Area, and is also part of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve.

There are many wildlife species that live in the Miquelon area. Because this area is a transitional zone, you can find both boreal forest species like moose and bear, as well as parkland species like mule deer and ruffled grouse. With numerous wetlands, ponds, and lakes in the Park, waterfowl and wetland songbirds are plentiful. There are also several unique plant species. The Cooking Lake Moraine actually contains over one quarter of all vascular plant species in Alberta!

A blue jay perched on a branch
A porcupine in winter
A wood pecker working on a tree
Photo of 2 waterfowl at their nest in the water
Photos by Petr Mirejovsky