Our Town

Alberta’s #1 Vacation Destination is Sylvan Lake

Welcome to Sylvan Lake, where hospitality has been a way of life since the first cottages, dance halls and boat houses that sprang up more than a hundred years ago. Rich in history with the start of a lumber mill business in the late 1800’s, the tourism community grew as an escape to experience the resort community.

Today, the lake continues to be a vibrant recreational playground. Come out and enjoy the serenity and warmth of a small town community nestled amongst the trees. Gather with friends and family to go on a winter adventure… spend the day at the lake, explore the forests and wilderness, walk through and shop our quaint boutiques and enjoy the culinary scene with the tastes of our beautiful community.

Situated on the southern shore of Sylvan Lake, The Town of Sylvan Lake is located just 18 kilometres west of Red Deer.  The Town is ideally located on the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor, with both Calgary and Edmonton less than 150km away to the north and south of the Town.

Sylvan Lake is a thriving hub of activity for families, seniors, and individuals of all ages. There are schools, churches, plenty of shopping options, and year round activities.

Sylvan Lake has a long history as a popular resort town. Because of the beautiful lake and the well-developed waterfront, tourism has been Sylvan Lake’s biggest draw since it incorporated in 1913. The town attracts over 761, 000 visitors in summer. Year round guests of the community enjoy activities and amenities such as outdoor waterslides, a marina with water sport rentals, swimming, golfing, hockey, curling, kite skiing and snow machining, fishing, an indoor BMX park, and much, much more.

Waterfront restaurants and shops are popular attractions, with something for everyone.

Sylvan Lake highlights include:

  • Our population is 14,816, with a median age of 34.1;
  • Key industry sectors are tourism, professional scientific technical services, manufacturing, and oil and gas;
  • We’re a 20-minute drive west of Red Deer;
  • We receive an average of 760,000 visitors to our community, each summer;
  • We’re home to over 560 licensed businesses, with downtown revitalization efforts underway;

Content from VisitSylvanLake.com, photos from TD Aerials