The BIG JIG Ice Fishing Derby & more

Pass-the-Poutine Contest | Ice Slide | Kinabik Discovery Village


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Spend three days fishing on Sylvan Lake for perch, walleye, whitefish, and burbot! Winner of this catch-and-release ice fishing derby for the longest catch will take home  a cash prize of $1,500! Over $4,500 in total prizes!

This derby is organized online to allow for social distancing through the Angler's Atlas website and their MyCatch App. Make sure to follow all event rules and regulations and read them carefully before the derby begins.

Bring your own gear or rent from providers in town. Register now to enter the derby!

How to Enter the Ice Fishing Derby

Event Schedule

Due to extreme cold temperatures, Learn to Fish, Cultural Teachings, and Sleigh Ride activities have been cancelled for February 13, 14, 15.

Download Event Schedule

Top Prize for the Longest Catch!


Won by Corey M - 78.7cm Burbot

Longest Burbot


Won by Jon Z. - 74.5cm

Longest Whitefish


Won by Peter C. - 50cm

Longest Perch


Won by Janet W. - 18.7cm

Longest Walleye


Won by Jeff A. - 53.4cm

$0 each day
Won By Adam M; Mike K; and Chris C.
$0 each day
Won By Cory G; Derek A; and Honglin S.

Random Prize Draws
1 Day Goose Hunt with 300 Decoys (AB residents only)

Prize Value $400

Won by Robert A.

Truck Box of Split Firewood

Prize Value $150

Won by Karen S.

Overnight Gold Prospecting and Mining Experience

Sponsored by Threesonsolutions

Prize Value $650

Won by Chris R.

2-Person Daytime Ice Fishing Shack Rental

Sponsored by the F Shack

Prize Value $75

Won by Ho C.

2 x 200 Round Paintball Packages

Prize Value $70

Won by Scott L.

2 x Airsoft Rental Packages

Prize Value $90

Won by Tyler C.

4 x 50$ Vehicle Detailing Certificates

Prize Value $200

Won by Devin T; Alan H; Deanna D; Terence C.

Premium Brewery Bundle

Prize Value $85

Won by Scott A.

4 x $50 Gift Certificates

Prize Value $200

Won by Devin C; Renea L; Dwayne B; Joseph T.

White Frog Cafe Prize Pack

Prize Value $50

Won by Dana N.

Overnight Ice Fishing Adventure for Two

Won by Donna O.

Winter Equipment Rentals

Bring your own gear or rent from providers in town. Make sure to book as early as possible, rentals book fast! Find ice fishing shack rentals, rods, and more.


Learn-to-Fish for Beginners

Learn to Fish workshops have been cancelled due to extreme cold weather. Check out the Learn to Fish video for some insider tips taught by local Sylvan Lake anglers.

Watch our Learn to Fish video


 Did you know?

This weekend only is an Alberta Family Fishing Weekend Feb 13-15, 2021!

That means that the province waives the usual requirement for fishers to have a fishing license, this weekend only! Its a great time for those new to the sport to give it a whirl, no license required!

Pass-the Poutine Contest

Be the Judge of the Best Poutine in Town!

It doesn't get more Canadian than poutine! Head into town after a day out on the ice to try some of the best poutines on offer at Sylvan Lake's local restaurants. There's nothing like fries and gravy to warm up after a day out on the ice.

This contest will see local restaurants pull out their most creative versions of deliciousness-on-top-of-fries in appetizer sized portions. Save some room to try them all! Is there anything that wouldn't taste great matched with fries and gravy? Take-out available!


Dill Pickle Poutine //

Hockey Central Sports Lounge

A delicious combination of salty and savory. With house made ingredients.


Braised Short Rib Poutine //

Roundabout Eatery

Mouthwatering short rib - you'll be asking for more!


The Rod Father //


A half sized halibut fish and chips poutine with a dollop of tartar and a twist of fresh lemon.


Smoked Brisket and Stout Gravy Poutine //

Snake Lake Brew Co.

Smoked brisket and delicious cheese topped with a stout gravy!


Turkey Lurkey Poutine //

Main Street Eatery

Roasted baby potatoes, turkey, stuffing, bacon, sugared cranberries, cheese curds, and smothered in gravy.


Stout N' Jig Poutine //

The Driftwood

Creamy, cheese-stringy poutine with juicy mini meatballs and classic crisp crinkle cut fries!

Tokyo Beef Poutine //

Wok Box

Sweet teriyaki beef, cheese curds and green onions, served over golden fries and drizzled with lime aioli.


Cheesy Bacon Mac Poutine //

Good Earth Lakeshore

Delicious fries smothered in mac and cheese topped with bacon.


Spicy Pad Thai Poutine //

Bamboo Hut Southeast Asian Cuisine

Celebrating our Canadian and Asian heritage together with sweet, spicy, salty, and tangy flavours.


Double Cheese Poutine //

Open Range Saloon

Classic crinkle cut french fries topped with cheese curds, house made gravy and shredded cheese

Kinabik Discovery Village

Discover Learn-to-Fish for Beginners and Indigenous Peoples Heritage

About the Kinabik Village

Originally named Snake Lake by settlers in the area upon arriving in 1899 for the many garter snakes in the area, Sylvan Lake was also known by the Cree word Kinabik (or kinepik). It was renamed in 1903 to the current Sylvan Lake, from the latin word sylvanus meaning "of a forest" for the many trees that surround the lake. 

The Kinabik Discovery Village will be the site for Indigenous cultural teachings as well as Learn-to-Fish for Beginners.

  • Sylvan Lake Pier, located at Lakeshore Drive and 50 street
  • Mon 10am - 1pm

Indigenous Cultural Teachings

Indigenous Cultural Teachings activities have been cancelled due to extreme cold weather.


And Even More Winter Fun

Better bundle up! You won't want to miss it

Lake Skating Rinks

Three ice rinks on the natural lake ice! Bring you own skates and loop around the Rink Tree or bring your stick for the hockey rinks! Benches and parking available on-ice. Lakeshore Drive.

Free, self-managed activity. If busy, please come back another time! The Lake Skating Rinks are open all winter long.


Winter Village

Over 300,000 glittering lights go into the annual winter village! Nightly from 5-11pm, plus don't miss this year's addition of color-changing lighting on the Lake Skating Rinks. Sylvan Lake Pier at Lakeshore Drive and 50 street.

Free, self managed activity. If busy, please come back another time! The Winter Village runs nightly from December to mid-March.


Ice Slide

Our biggest ice slide yet! Made by the Ice on Whyte team, our ice slide is back and bigger than ever for 2021! The kids and kids-at-heart are sure to love it! Located at the Lake Skating Rink site

Free, self managed activity. If busy, please come back another time! The ice slide will last a week or two before melting.

COVID-19 Notice: You are responsible for following all Covid-19 safety guidelines and regulations as set out by the Government of Alberta. Fish and Wildlife Officers will be monitoring the area. For more information on Covid-19 regulations, please visit