Discover a place you'll never want to leave.

The Municipal District of Lesser Slave River is a paradise of lakes, natural areas, and outdoor adventure. Home to Alberta's inland sea, Lesser Slave Lake, it is a popular destination for tourists and travelers, especially those who love water sports such as boating and fishing. The area offers boundless recreational adventures including sandy beaches stretching for many kilometers, numerous campgrounds, and trails for biking and off-road vehicles, as well as sport fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and recreational boating.



The MD is full of recreational opportunities

Camping is a favourite outdoor recreational activity enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors, get away from civilization, and enjoy nature on a relaxing camping trip. From full service lakefront campsites to ATV friendly campsites, the region boasts a large number of camping facilities to suit any outdoor recreationalist.

Canoeing and kayaking allows people of all ages and varied abilities to experience paddling the serenity of calm water or the challenge of maneuvering whitewater. A trip to Lesser Slave River can offer multiple opportunities for canoeing and kayaking. The Athabasca River is also a great place for some river boating. Stop to visit unique sites and islands on your paddling trip or do some shoreline exploring; you are bound to experience eye-catching geology, abundant bird life, or perhaps even catch a glimpse of a Boreal Bison.

Winter recreates the Lesser Slave River region's forests, mountains, and frozen lakes and rivers, offering up nature's finest work of art — a white canvas. Discover a stunning landscape, blanketed by snow and ice, as you glide through boreal forests on cross-country skis, skim along a sparkling landscape on a snowmobile, or snowshoe on frozen lakes under a twinkling canopy of brilliant stars. Nine Mile Creek Cross Country Ski Trail provides an extensive trail system for those who want to enjoy the crisp winter air and take in the spectacular sights that these winter sports have to offer.

Lesser Slave Lake offers world-class fishing for walleye, jack, and northern pike. In total, sixteen species of fish inhabit the lake, from the fathead minnow to the eagerly-sought-after walleye. Lily Lake is a wonderful place to catch Brook Trout and there are numerous other hidden fishing holes to be explored. Boat launches and boat rentals are also available at Lesser Slave Lake, Cross Lake, Lawrence Lake, and Fawcett Lake.

The northern boreal forest and sparkling blue lake provide a gorgeous backdrop for a relaxing round of golf. Courses in and around Lesser Slave River are a challenge for players of every skill level. Visit one of the three in our community: Gilwood Golf and Country Club, Flatbush River Valley Golf Club, or the Hidden Valley Golf Club in Fawcett.

Stay at one of the local cabin rentals, then take a guided tour or hike on your own to one of our many forest trails or shorelines. Visit the Lesser Slave River Provincial Park or pack a lunch and enjoy one of our day use areas at Lily Creek or Marten River. Trails include the Trans-Canada, Lily Lake, Walk Through Time, Jack Pine, Whispering Sands, Peace, and Songbird. Other activities to enjoy while hiking may include bird watching and wildlife photography, berry picking, and shoreline fishing.

For more information about recreational activities in and around Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, visit the Government of Alberta’s Tourism, Parks, and Recreation website by clicking here.

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Smith-Hondo Fall Fair and Rodeo is held on Labour Day weekend and showcases the rodeo, chariot racing and calf roping, with a large dance and open festival. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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