Sylvan Lake is a fun little beach town, just 25 minutes west of Red Deer. The lake is warm and shallow for a long way out with a big soft sandy beach, a marina and big waterslides. Let’s just say it’s the kind of place where you can have two ice cream cones a day and it’s totally ok. Here are a few more things to do twice in Sylvan Lake.
Ice cream there and back
Lakeshore Drive is the main beachside cruising strip lined with restaurants, pubs and ice cream. Start your leisurely stroll with an ice cream from The Big Moo – just look for the big red and white cow. Choose from 80 different flavours – yup, they have pistachio – then continue wandering slowly down the strip until you come to Moo More and you can get one for the way back – maybe cherry custard or tiger tail this time.
Double down the waterslides
Wild Rapids Waterslides have lots of steep and fast slides that you’ll want to try twice. Dare to try the face-first Kami Kazi, the twisty swirly river tube ride and the sheer drop Sidewinder – don’t worry, you can double or even triple up for this one, you know, for moral support. All that sliding will work up an appetite for hot dogs, pizza, burgers and ice cream – lucky for you they have those too.
Fruit and more fruit at the farmer’s market
Make two turns around the Sylvan Lake Farmer’s Market on Friday afternoons all summer from 4:30–7. Take one trip around the Railway Park Promenade munching on mini-donuts, looking for local cheese, fruits and veggies (tomorrow’s beach snacks) and then once for Baba-made baking that probably won’t make it until tomorrow without getting all eaten. You’ll also find handcrafted jewelry, cards, soaps and baby gear.
Swim, play, sandcastle, repeat
Ahhh, the beach – first strap on your water-wings for a swim in the shallow water, then bury dad in the sand up to his neck, then while he sleeps in his cool sand bed, build a big big sandcastle decorating it with shells and rocks you find in the water. Repeat. I know from personal experience, you can easily and happily spend all day in this manner – breaking only for ice cream before and after your farmer’s market lunch.