History & Heritage
Founded in 1913, Sylvan Lake originated as a summer resort town for vacationers from the cities, once known as 'Snake Lake'
SYLVAN LAKE & DISTRICT
MYSTERY TOWNS SCAVENGER HUNT
HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR & STORIESTake a peek around town for plaques marking historical buildings and stories. Most plaques are located on Centennial Street and the Lakeshore Drive promenade.
There are two big groomed grass parks, Centennial Park and Lakefront Park, ideal for playing a game of catch, soccer, and picnicking. Families can find two large public washrooms facilities along the beach as well as picnic tables and picnic shelters in Centennial Park. Along the sidewalk and in public parks, many Adirondack chairs and benches lend places to stop for a rest.
PARKING & DOGS
Lakeshore Drive runs along the beach and has many drop-off zones to unload beach gear and family members before finding a parking spot. Dogs are permitted to walk on the sidewalk along the beach but are not permitted on grass areas. Lakeshore Drive has three large parking lots for visitor day parking.
Consider Yourself Invited
A true-blue resort town, Sylvan Lake has always been home away from home to visitors from Alberta's biggest cities. Spending summers in cabins by the lake, fishing, swimming, and boating became favorite ways to waste away the summer days.
Founded in 1913, and once known as Methy, Swan, and even Snake Lake, Sylvan Lake revels in its unique history. Regattas, seasonal businesses, boarding houses, lodges, and most famously, dance halls all sprang up as the visitor population increased.
Sylvan Lake was renamed for the Latin word "sylvanus" meaning wooded, for the many trees in the area. Early logging and pulling stones from the lake helped build the first homes and cabins surrounded by vast agricultural land. A population of 900 resided in Sylvan Lake in 1946, when it officially achieved town status.
Original settlers to the area were French, Finnish, and relocating from the USA. Sylvan Lake is located on Treaty 6 Territory, and respects the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.