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John E. Poole Wetland

John E. Poole Wetland
Observe nature and learn about wetlands at a DUC project or wetland interpretive centre. © DUC

The John E. Poole Wetland (JEP) sits along the east shore of Big Lake just outside of St. Albert, Alta., and is connected to the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park. Big Lake is globally recognized as an Important Bird Area and provides critical habitat for thousands of nesting and migrating waterfowl and shorebirds.

At the site, DUC has established a forest trail, a wetland boardwalk with interpretive signs and critter dipping stations with the goal of providing hands-on wetland and environmental education, interpretation and exploration. JEP is also connected to the City of St. Albert’s established nature trail system. JEP is a popular field trip destination, and in the Spring of 2022, the site will become DUC-Alberta’s first Wetland Centre of Excellence.


Thank you to the Shell Environmental Fund for providing a $100,000 grant in support of the boardwalk, interpretive signs and trail at John E. Poole Wetland.