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255 km northwest of Edmonton
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.