Dynamic, active and healthy communities need programs, services and amenities for all stages of life. This is achieved through a focus on recreational, social, and cultural opportunities — all elements that help to Lesser Slave River communities thrive.
Multi-Use Spaces for the Whole Community to Enjoy
The public is welcome to utilize one of the many local excellent recreation facilities, described below, which are available at reasonable rates for meetings, recreation programs, fund raising events, social activities, and much more!
Have an event coming up? Remember that residents of Lesser Slave River receive a 25% discount whenever they rent one of the MD's exceptional facilities? Learn more about each venue in this section, and contact the Rural Services department at 780.849.4888 for more information.
Acting Director of Rural Services
|quentin.bochar (@) mdlsr.ca|
MD-Managed Multi-use Facilities
Canyon Creek Community Arena
Smith Community Complex
Widewater Community Complex
Flatbush Community Complex
Canyon Creek Wildfire Legacy Park
Smith Community Equine Arena
Widewater Fire Hall Park
Other Noteworthy Facilities & Venues
The Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation (BCBC) is the only educational and research facility in the world strategically located to study boreal birds on their breeding grounds. The BCBC offers 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits, interpretive programming, a gift shop and office space. It also provides research space and computer work stations for staff, volunteers, and visiting researchers and educators.
The Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation provides year-round facilities for rent and a variety of interpretive and educational events and environmental education school programs.
T 780.849.8240 Click here for more information about this facility.
The Nest is a peaceful, sun-washed timber-frame building located next to the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation within beautiful Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park.
The Nest has room for 10 guests with four bunk-bed rooms and two queen-bed rooms. In addition, it has two washrooms with showers and a large common room with full kitchen facilities and fireplace. Outside is a large deck with barbeque, firepit and picnic table.
Staying at The Nest means you’ll be able to:
- Explore scenic lakeshore trails and self-guided hikes
- Witness an abundance of wildlife, often right on your doorstep
- Discover the secluded lakeshore
- Delight in long summer evenings and spectacular sunsets
- Book a banding lab tour at the nearby Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory
- Take in the exhibits and interpretive programs at the BCBC, or
- Just kick back and relax!
Please Note: The Nest is closed until further notice
The Nest is closed to allow for major repairs to the water distribution system at the Boreal Centre site. Alberta Parks will use the closure as an opportunity to carry out other needed upgrades, including new flooring, painting, and windows. No re-opening date has been set at this time.
When it’s available for rent, you can reserve your spot online at reserve.albertaparks.ca or call the toll free number at 1.866.427.3582. The cost is $250 per night and the building can house a maximum of 10 people.T 780.849.8240 Click here for more information about this facility.
The municipality maintains a boat launch on Lesser Slave River, on the outskirts of the Town of Slave Lake. There is no charge to launch your boat and there is ample parking for vehicles and trailers. There are also launches located at Cross, Fawcett, and Lawrence Lakes, Canyon Creek and Canyon Creek Harbour, and at the Point Boat Launch in Slave Lake.
With a scenic view of the Lesser Slave Lake, this hotel was once the stomping grounds for commercial fishermen, and was even used as a fish hatchery and processing plant. Located 25 km west of Slave Lake on Highway #2, the Canyon Creek Hotel hosts its popular Steak Night every Friday.
The Flatbush Legion Branch #137 Hall is available for rental and can accommodate up to 65 people. The hall has full kitchen facilities, pool and shuffleboard tables, and a patio.
The Legacy Centre is the home of the Slave Lake Child Care Society and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of Canada Lodge No. 379. The Legacy Centre boasts social gathering and banquet facilities, child care, a permanent interpretive wildfire exhibit and enhanced performing arts infrastructure.
T 780.849.8028 Facebook facebok.com/LegacyCentreAB Click here for more information about this facility.
The Traildusters Horse Club offers trail rides, horse clinics, horse riding and gymkhanas; year round; indoor and outdoor.
Contact Lilly Wasiecko at 780.829.3628
The Lesser Slave Regional Visitor Information Center is located at 12 Poplar Drive — on the highway due east of the Town of Slave Lake. The facility offers a boardroom for rent that holds up to 15 people.
T 780.849.4611 Click here for more information about this facility.