Central Alberta’s beach town
In a beach town, you get to eat lots of ice cream and walk around in your bathing suit all day – so that’s a great start. And if you’re in Sylvan Lake, you can also strap on a water jet pack, watch an outdoor movie and play a whole bunch of golf too. Here are six supercool ways to play the day away in Sylvan.
1. One of Canada’s top ten beaches
The town’s big draw – besides two awesome ice cream shops – is the 2.5 km soft white sand beach and warm shallow water. Lay your blanket on the sand in the sun or under the big shady trees on the grass. Then walk a long way out into the warm lake to splash around – or blow your kids minds by building a magnificent sandcastle with them.
2. Special days to visit
Come for one of the town’s many festivals happening all year long – including 1913 days in June with a pancake breakfast, street festival and outdoor movie and fireworks on Canada Day. There’s also Winterfest on Family Day in February and an annual pond hockey tournament on the lake – plus harvest festivals and community picnics in September.
3. Need for speed?
Ok, daredevils – these are for you. Fly down the kamikaze waterslides at Wild Rapids then strap on a water jet pack and zoom way up and around with Alberta Flyboard. Or rent a seadoo from SunSport and zip like the wind across the smooth water.
4. Check out at Jarvis Bay campground
This provincial campground has 168 private campsites, lots of trees and space for RVs and tents. Although there is no direct access to the lake because of a cliff edge, you can hand launch your canoe or kayak from the park and hike a few easy trails through the forest and pink wild roses accompanied by songbirds.
5. Golf and go-karts
Check one or two – ok, all four – of Sylvan’s golf courses. Play 18 holes at the gorgeously landscaped Sylvan Lake Golf and Country Club – or enjoy a long walk with the resident deer on the open fairways at Meadowlands. Take the whole family on a spin around nine holes on the par 3 Top o the hill course – or visit Lakeside Go-karts for a turn around the kid-friendly race track and a round of mini-golf.
6. Farmer’s market and ice cream twice
The Sylvan Lake farmer’s market runs on Fridays from 4 to 7 pm at Railway Park (49 Ave & 46 St). So you can pick up fresh fruit and homemade goodies for beach picnics all weekend long. And if you start at one end of Lakeshore Dr with a cone from the Big Moo, you’ll be ready for your second at More Moo conveniently placed at the other end of the strip.