Chain Lakes Provincial Park is set within Canada's last large expanse of mostly undisturbed montane landscape. A slightly fractured band of montane habitat extends from Chain Lakes south to Beauvais Lake Provincial Park.
The park's lakes and proximity to the barrier of the Rocky Mountains make it a favoured migration stop-over for eagle, osprey and trumpeter swans. Visiting carnivores include cougars, lynx, grey wolves, and both black and grizzly bears.
Key Access Points to this State or Provincial Park
Access is from the intersection of Alberta Highway 22 and Secondary Highway 533 from Nanton, Alberta.
Highlights of this State or Provincial Park
The lakes are stocked with rainbow trout for boat fishing in spring, summer and autumn and ice fishing in winter.
The antique collectors' mecca of Nanton is a short, beautiful drive directly south from the park on Secondary Highway 533.
There are first come first serve power and basic campsites and reservable power and basic campsites (go to reserve.albertaparks.ca to reserve a site before your visit!
Swimming, sailing, windsurfing, and 12 km/hr power boating are encouraged.
Group camping by reservation only through reserve.albertaparks.ca
Excellent location for migratory bird watching (birding) and wildlife viewing.
Best Seasons or Dates to Visit
Year round camping.
Bird watching (birding) in the spring, summer and fall.
Ice fishing in the winter
Convenience and snack store open May-September.
Driving Directions to Key Access Points
From Alberta Highway 2, drive north from Nanton to the end of rural road 533 at its intersection with Alberta Highway 22. Chain Lakes Provincial Park is approximately 25 minutes from Highway 2.
From Alberta Highway 22 40 km south of Longview, turn west at intersection with Secondary Highway 533.