Summer in Sylvan Lake means toes in the soft sand, ice cream, Canada Day celebrations, outdoor movies and making art in the park. Wait, did I mention ice cream? Here are nine ways to enjoy Central Alberta’s most popular beach town this July.
Sandy beach and ice cream
One of the very best things about Sylvan – and what makes it so popular with families – is the 13-km long stretch of soft white sand beach and warm shallow water. There are lots of grassy areas with shady trees and two, count ‘em, two Big Moo ice cream shops.
Canada Day at the lake
Canada Day is on Friday this year and you’ll find celebrations all day, all across town. Each year, the Rotarians take over the pier with fun for kids, cake and free Canada flags.
BBQ and parade
Head to the Legion for lunch at noon – around back in the parking lot – where you’ll find great company and BBQ hot dogs. This is also where the March of Canadians parade starts at 2 pm – heading down 50 Ave to Lion’s Park for a flag raising and on to the pier for cake. As always, the Innisfail Legion pipe band, will accompany the parade.
Canada Day golf tournament
Meadowlands Golf Club has a 2 pm shot gun start for their Canada Day tournament, 18 holes of modified scotch ball. Then their clubhouse is open for well-deserved beverages and burgers. Bring a team of two or four – $25 members, $40 non-members.
Rotary rubber duck race
Buy a ducky for the Rotary Duck Race raffle at 4 pm in the Bukwildz parking lot to win a first prize of $1000 – that’s a lot of ice cream money! The funds raised go to scholarships for local kids. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Friday farmer’s market, as well as participating businesses around town.
Big big boom finale
The big finish to Canada Day is fireworks at the pier at 11 pm, bright colours and twinkling bursts of light over the smooth warm lake.