Sylvan Lake Fun Guide: Winter Edition

Wintertime in Sylvan Lake

The fun doesn’t end when the weather gets chilly. Sylvan Lake is a twelve month destination for those looking to escape, unwind and relax. From skating to fishing and festivals to fireworks, there are lots of reasons to bundle up and come for a visit.

Go for a skate

There’s nothing like skating outside on a frozen lake. The sense of freedom and space is extraordinary – you are walking on water! Sylvan Lake is the perfect place to strap on those skates and hit the ice.

Sylvan Lake boasts a 5 km speed skating track that attracts visitors from all across Alberta. Taking a spin on a natural ice track is a treat for many skating enthusiasts. Not sure you’re ready for the big track? There are other areas of the lake that are maintained for public skating and even shinny hockey. Sylvan Lake is also home to an indoor multi-plex should the weather not cooperate.

Some of the finest hockey players on earth have graced the Sylvan Lake ice. The community hosted a pre-season NHL game in 2014 as part of their winning Kraft Hockeyville bid.

Ice fishing

If you’re looking for a more laid-back activity, bring your fishing gear and set up shop on the lake. Watch for Pike, Perch, Walleye and Whitefish. Make sure to check the Town of Sylvan Lake website for current conditions and Cast Away Sports for any last minute equipment or advice.

Go for a swim

Is swimming in an ice-cold lake in the middle of winter on your bucket list? If so, you’re in luck! The popular Sylvan Lake Winterfest takes place annually on the February long weekend and offers a schedule full of events. Go skating, enjoy food and music, watch the fireworks display and browse the festival village. For those willing to brave the icy cold water, be sure to register for the Polar Bear Dip. It’s sure to be a chilly experience!

Yuletide spirit

Taking place yearly in early December, the annual Spirit of Sylvan Yuletide Festival is one of the most popular events on the local calendar. It is truly a celebration of community – featuring local artists, vendors, choirs and entertainers.

Thanks to the support of volunteers and donors, the festival entertains thousands each year while raising money for local causes. If a gingerbread house decorating, a Christmas sweater contest and a visit from Santa don’t get you in the festive spirit; nothing will.

New Year’s Day Fireworks

People from all across Central Alberta flock to Sylvan Lake on the first day of each year to celebrate the new year with a fireworks show. Here’s some more Sylvan Lake wintertime inspiration…