If you're looking to head up to northern Alberta for the long weekend you might not want to jump in the lake.

There have been blue-green algae advisories issued for lakes throughout the province but surprisingly there haven't been any issued for southern Alberta.

The presence of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) can be harmful to human health, so advisories are issued when blooms are identified or confirmed by sample results.

Here are some nearby advisories to know if you are planning on a trip up north.

  • Half Moon Lake 
  • Astotin Lake 
  • Lac Ste. Anne 
  • Wizard Lake
  • Lac La Nonne 
  • Skeleton Lake 
  • Garner Lake 
  • Steele Lake 
  • Floatingstone Lake 
  • Stoney Lake 
  • Haunted Lake
  • Baptiste Lake 
  • Buck Lake

Blue-green algae occurs naturally in Alberta during calm and warmer weather conditions, generally from July to September. Common health risks related to blue-green algae exposure include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Sore red eyes
  • Swollen lips
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

Alberta Health Services (AHS) advises people who come into contact with the algae to rinse off with tap water immediately. Dogs and other animals should also not come into contact with the bacteria as it can cause extreme sickness or be fatal.

Advisories are in effect until rescind notices are issued.