Location: 18 km west of Barrhead on Hwy 18 (Township Road 594).
Info: 780-674-4051; 1-800-427-3582.
Thunder Lake Provincial Park is a favourite for those who love to go out in a boat or swim from a sandy beach. In addition to trails for hiking and cycling, the park offers a wide assortment of possible activities, including birdwatching, fishing, powerboating, sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, volleyball and baseball. You will find change rooms, a boat ramp, a pier, fish-cleaning stations, a playground, and a summertime store. Winter visitors can cross-country ski on park trails, and ice fishing is also an option.
Thunder Lake Provincial Park Map Photo Gallery
A decent dive leading onto the very broken remains of the SS Britannia. The ship ran aground and was wrecked in thick fog on 25 September 1915, while on passage from Newcastle upon Tyne for Leith with a general cargo. The Forster Fawsett from Seahouses, a self-righting 10.7-m oared lifeboat, was launched at 0620 hrs and rescued seven ofher crew of nineteen. Unfortunately, two men had already drowned, while the other ten had succeeded in getting ashore in one of the ship’s boats. The Britannia IIII (Official No. 91078) was an iron-hulled 727-ton steam passenger/cargo vessel measuring 64.10 m in length, with an 8.24-m beam and a 4.57-m draught.
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