Top 5 Reasons to Move to Sylvan Lake

Whether you are thinking about moving to Alberta or you’ve already decided, Sylvan Lake might be the right community for you.

Home to more than 16,000 people, Sylvan Lake is a small-town community with big city amenities such as 500+ businesses including two major grocery stores. Enjoy the tranquility of our beautiful 18-kilometre spring-fed lake located 90-minutes from two international airports and the Canadian Rockies.

Sylvan Lake’s community lifestyle is appealing to a growing number of young families, virtual workers, and new business owners. Feel the sand between your toes and the laptop at your fingertips. Your daily commute is short, and you can say goodbye to traffic jams because you are already home.

Thinking about moving to Sylvan Lake? Here are the top five reasons to move to Sylvan Lake and what makes it a great place to call home.


  1. Lifestyle Matters

Sylvan Lake is known for having a close-knit, welcoming community where you will get to know your neighbours and there is always a friendly face to be found. Swap the busy commute for work-life balance where nature is literally at your doorstep.

Spend your weekends on local hiking trails in lush forests or kayaking on some of Alberta’s most pristine waters. Whether you're looking for a challenging backcountry adventure in the nearby Rocky Mountains or a leisurely stroll along the lakefront, Sylvan Lake has something for everyone.

Did you know that 52% of Canadians that moved to a small town reported an improvement in mental health?

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2. Affordable Living

Life in Sylvan Lake is more affordable. The average house prices are consistently lower than Alberta’s two major cities – Calgary and Edmonton. All of this means you’ll have more money for the things that matter to you. The medium list price for single-family homes sits 51% below the national average, offering a remarkably affordable entry point.

Enjoy Canada’s highest average wages and lowest taxes. In fact, owning a home Sylvan Lake costs up to four times less than Vancouver or Toronto. With more money and a lower cost of living, you’ll have more time.

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3. Economic Opportunities

Whether you are working remotely, starting your own business or looking for employment, Sylvan Lake is home to a variety of opportunities. Our workforce is young, diverse, and educated.

Did you know that Alberta offers the highest after-tax median income in Canada? Sylvan Lake and area offers diverse economic and employment options in the skilled trades and more. As part of the “Alberta is Calling” campaign, the provincial government is offering a $5000 moving bonus for eligible trade workers.

Additionally, the City of Red Deer is just 15 minutes away with an unemployment rate 41% lower than the national average.

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4. Sunny Skies are on Tap

Who doesn’t love a little sunshine? Sylvan Lake is known for its comfortable summers and cold, snowy winters. With an average of 2,125 hours of sunshine a year, there’s no shortage of blue-sky days in Sylvan Lake.

Winter or summer, there’s always something to do in Sylvan Lake with year-round outdoor activities. Warm weather means epic days on the lake, family fun at the splash park, a round of golf, restaurants on the beach, the Sylvan Lake Theater Trail and much more. In the winter, Sylvan Lake comes alive with ice fishing, festive markets and the infamous Winter Village and lake ice skating rinks.

With the Rocky Mountains 90-minutes away, winter adventures await such as sightseeing, skiing, snowshoeing and more.


5. Small town feel with big city amenities

Located just 15-minutes west of Red Deer, Sylvan Lake offers easy access to the city. But with a close-knit community of 16,000 and a range of amenities, you’ll find there are fewer reasons to make the drive than you think.

With 500 plus businesses and restaurants, Sylvan Lake has everything you need from groceries to night life. The community’s Nexsource Center has everything you need to stay active in one place. From arenas and gyms to the aquatic centre, the Nexsource Centre is a hive of athletic activity in Sylvan Lake.

Sylvan Lake is also home to many k-12 public schools, along with education alternatives like separate (Catholic), private schools and French immersion programs.

For anyone contemplating a move, Sylvan Lake is a compelling destination where tranquility and time is in abundance.

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