Camping at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park—a fun family photography experience
Have you ever been to Pigeon Lake Provincial Park in Alberta?
I went for the first time last summer and was quite pleased with the campground. Lots of trees, 10 km of biking or hiking trails, a picnic area, a playground, a boat launch, a beach—enough for a family to have a great time away from home!
I’m a tent camper. Going to sleep to the snorting or rattling sound of my neighbour’s snoring and waking up in an oven in the morning are not what I’d call ideal. That’s why I love treed campsites for privacy and shade. And I enjoy the nature!
From what I’ve seen, the sites at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park are quite nice. There are plenty of trees and enough space between each campsite to feel a little isolated. In case of doubt, you can look at photos on Alberta Parks’ website before making a reservation.
The reason I was at Pigeon Lake last June wasn’t to camp. I was rather there to photograph half a day in the life of an Edmonton family on vacation.
Half a day in the life of a family at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park
It was a hot and sunny 35-degree day. Scorching heat we only experience a few times a year in Alberta. I wasn’t sure how photographing a family for six hours in the hot sun would feel, but it was actually quite refreshing!
The photo session started at a nice shaded campsite in the Provincial Park. Once everyone was ready, we headed to the beach. I spent a good two hours with my feet in and out of the water, photographing three kids, their parents and grandparents having fun, enjoying some quality time together and creating lasting memories.
Like many other lakes in Alberta, we found out there are leeches at Pigeon Lake. Surprise! When the oldest boy discovered he had one attached to his leg, he was quite upset. His parents were not sure how to remove it without hurting him. We knew some people used salt, so the mother found a salted vegetable straw to do the job.
I later learned salt is apparently not the way to go… Here’s what you should do instead!
It was a lovely day that this family will be able to cherish and remember for years to come.
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I'm Marie-Pierre, an easygoing mother of two and a documentary family photographer. I believe we can all learn and grow from other people's experiences. Real life stories help us relate to each other, open our minds and feel better about ourselves.
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