Cecil Lake

Country/territory: Canada

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 430 ha

Protection status:

Birds Canada / Nature Canada

Site description
Cecil Lake is a moderate-sized lake located in the Peace River region of northeastern British Columbia. The town of Fort St. John lies about 17 kilometres to the southwest and the community of Cecil Lake is situated just to the south of the lake. The lake is surrounded by predominately agricultural land. where grain, oil seed, grass seed and forage are grown. Some of the land is pastureland, while almost half remains as shrub and forest.

Key biodiversity
Cecil Lake supports nationally significant numbers of breeding Eared Grebes. Based on most estimates, there were thought to be 1,000 breeding pairs of Eared Grebes at Cecil Lake throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. This represents over 1% of this species Canadian population. The size of the colony has fluctuated, and in some years there may have been as many as 3,000 breeding pairs, but this is unsubstantiated.

At least two pairs of nesting Trumpeter Swans are found on the lake each year, along with many ducks, geese, coots and other waterbirds. During years of low water levels the exposed organic soil attracts thousands of shorebirds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cecil Lake. Downloaded from on 20/04/2021.