Facilities & Venues

Places that bring people together.

The MD recognizes that a dynamic, active, and healthy community requires 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 make the Lesser Slave River a community well beyond the ordinary.

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? Keep in mind 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.

Take our Facility Rental Survey

Have you ever rented one of the facilities managed by the MD of Lesser Slave River? Let us know about your experience by taking part in our Facility Rental Survey. This will help us better understand what works, what needs improvement, and what we can do to make our facilities even better for those who use them.


Canyon Creek
Community Arena

Community Complex

Smith Community
Equine Arena

Smith Community Complex

Canyon Creek
Wildfire Legacy Park

Fire Hall Park

Community Complex

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.

Phone: 780.849.8240
Website: www.borealbirdcentre.ca

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!
  • For more details about The Nest, please visit The Nest Comfort Camping.

    The Nest is closed over the winter, but reservations will re-open in February, 2016. 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.



Phone: 780.849.8240
Website: 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.

Phone: 780.369.2857

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.

Phone: 780.681.2231

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.

Phone: 780.849.8028
Website: legacycentre.ca
Facebook: facebok.com/LegacyCentreAB

Facilities Smith GymkhanaThe Traildusters Horse Club offers trail rides, horse clinics, horse riding and gymkhanas; year round; indoor and outdoor. For more information contact Lilly Wasiecko at 780.829.3628.

Contact: Lilly Wasiecko
Phone: 780.829.3628

More Info

Facilities VICThe 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.

Phone: 780.849.4611
Website: slavelakeregion.ca

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

Anyone’s first stop in Lesser Slave River should be the Visitors Information Centre, located on Highway 2 just five km east of Slave Lake. A multitude of information about every recreational activity imaginable can be found here, and local staff are eager to help plan a fantastic stay or a day out in the Region. 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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