Adventure awaits in this lakeside town that has become one of Alberta’s most popular beach and boating destinations. With a beautiful lakefront park, water sports rentals, golf courses, restaurants and many other amenities, Sylvan Lake has long been one of the top summer destinations in the province. But visitors shouldn’t restrict themselves to summer when it comes to this beachfront town. Sylvan Lake offers four full seasons of fun.
Fun in the Sun
Explore the 42.8 square km lake by renting a paddleboard, kayak, canoe or a motorboat. You can also try the new sport of flyboarding by renting a jet pack and personal watercraft that propels you up to 15 metres in the air. Nearby you’ll find surrey bike rentals, bumper cars and mini-golf.
Festivals and Events
There’s always something going on in Sylvan Lake and visitors can enjoy a host of wonderful festivals and events in every season. Enjoy outstanding live Jazz music from February through September with Jazz at the Lake. Hit up a small town parade, midway and festival at 1913 Days in June or bundle up and enjoy the Santa Claus Parade and Yuletide Festival in late November. Participate in the End of Summer Regatta or Slide the City on a 1,000 foot outdoor slip and slide. The list goes on and on.
Sylvan Lake is a natural wonder in every season. In winter, the lake has one of the longest outdoor skating tracks in North America and regularly hosts the winter speed skating marathon. Ice fishing is also popular and anglers vie for Northern Pike, Whitefish, Yellow Perch and Walleye.
Two Provincial Parks
There are two provincial parks near the town. Sylvan Lake Provincial Park covers 85 hectares and includes picnic tables and shelters, change houses, playgrounds and a pier. Jarvis Bay Provincial Park is located 7 km north of the town and has fully serviced campsites, hiking trails and track set trails for cross country skiing in winter.