Slave Lake

Slave Lake

Photos courtesy of Adobe Stock and Sean Mellis


255 km northwest of Edmonton

Key Industries

Forestry, oil & gas, manufacturing, and retail


Approximately 6,551 residents


Kindergarten to grade 12 and post-secondary

It may be called Lesser Slave Lake, but don’t be deceived: it’s the second-largest lake completely within Alberta’s borders. Covering approximately 1,160 square kilometres, locals and visitors alike take to the water to enjoy canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming, and fishing. If hanging out on shore is more your thing, there are seven kilometres of white sandy beach, including a 1.5-kilometre groomed stretch where the annual Alberta Open Sand Sculpture Championships take place.

Of course, humans aren’t the only creatures attracted to the water – with over 255 species in the area, you can spot thousands of individual birds in this major flyway, especially during spring and fall migration. You’re also likely to come across deer, moose, coyotes, bears, and more. Immerse yourself in nature at one of the numerous nearby provincial parks, trails, and day-use areas to enjoy in myriad ways.

Families in the Town of Slave Lake enjoy an excellent standard of living, and keep busy with arts, sports, and social groups and activities. You can skate or play hockey in one of the local youth or recreational leagues at the local arena. The Multi-Rec Centre offers an indoor playground, running track and field house for indoor sports, or visit the Northern Lakes aquatic centre when it’s too cold for a dip in the lake. Enjoy an active social calendar and community events throughout the year. There’s something for everyone!

If you enjoy the outdoors in all seasons, and would welcome a small-town pace of life, you can find your fit in Slave Lake.

Visit the Slave Lake Region website for more information.


Patients can access a range of healthcare services through various local facilities, including the Slave Lake Healthcare Centre, the Community Health Centre, and treatment sites providing addiction and mental health services. Each site has its own personality, but they all share a team-oriented group of healthcare professionals committed to making a difference in their community.

The Addiction and Mental Health youth and adult outpatient team incorporates the spirit of fun into their work lives, along with a unique way to share individual learnings with the rest of the team. The learning jar collects ideas, then staff members take turns teaching their colleagues about training, resources, or ideas for self-care on a monthly basis. In addition, AHS offers learning opportunities to the larger organization through seminars, webinars, and telehealth on a range of relevant topics to facilitate your growth and professional development.

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