COVID 19 NOTICE
Sylvan Lake is open to visitors! Everybody is encouraged and expected to continue to follow all Alberta Health guidelines and regulations including those for social distancing, group sizes, and frequent sanitizing. If you are at all unwell, please stay home.
We're in this together.
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STANDING OUT ON OPEN ICE
THE FROZEN LAKE IN WINTER
Having two feet out on the open lake ice is really, really cool. It’s the thrill of standing firmly in a place that altogether doesn’t exist the rest of the year.
For three short months, water becomes frosty, sparkling winter terrain skirting the shores of a lake town that equally pulses with love of the outdoors and softens to a quieter pace throughout the season.
Better bundle up – it’s time to get out there.
When will the skating rinks on the lake be open?
The skating rinks on the lake open when the ice has frozen completely and is safe to use. Sylvan Lake’s public ice skating rinks on the lake typically open near the end of December, although are affected by each year’s weather conditions.
The lake skating rinks can be accessed from Lakeshore Drive and 49 street. This is the only public access within the Town of Sylvan Lake to get on the lake ice. Access is free and there is parking beside the rinks, as well as spots to sit and put your skates on. Warm up cold fingers and toes after your skate at any one of the restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops nearby on Lakeshore Drive.
Winter at the Lake
Christmas under the Lights
AT THE WINTER VILLAGE
Every December, the annual Winter Village holiday light show illuminates the Sylvan Lake Pier. The yearly light-up has become a dazzling tradition for Sylvan Lake with the Winter Village nestled on the lakefront in the heart of the downtown.
4 Activities For Holly Jolly Holiday Fun
FAMILY FRIENDLY HOLIDAY FUN
From skating to marvelous lights to tobogganing to holiday sweets - Sylvan Lake has all your classic winter family fun activities in a beautiful holiday setting.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
BEST ACTIVITIES FOR STAYING INDOORS
Axe throwing, a steam bath and spa, indoor BMX park, shopping, swimming and more - there's so much to do indoors on a cold day in Sylvan Lake.
The Joy of the Hunt
PICK YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS TREE AT R FAMILY TREE FARM
The joy is in the hunt. Bundling up, tromping through glistening snow in crisp winter air, examining from this angle and that. It’s all part of the quest for just the right tree.
Downloadable Central Alberta Brews & Chews Tour
Take a tour of Central Alberta's craft beer and gourmet food scene with our Brews & Chews downloadable pdf map. Complete the tour at your own pace, or use it as inspiration to get to know the local beer and food scene.
Consider Yourself Invited
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.
Experience Sylvan Lake.
Sylvan Lake Experiences
From pumpkin carving contests, to a fall food tour, to spooky outdoor movies - there's lots happening this month in Sylvan Lake!
Consider yourself invited, download our spooktacular guide to October in Sylvan Lake.