Two and a half hours northwest of Edmonton, at the southeastern tip of Lesser Slave Lake, lies a town that runs at a slower pace.
Slave Lake, a town of 6,782, where locals and visitors are steps away from the long white sand stretches of Devonshire Beach, the lush boreal forest and Marten Mountain Viewpoint, is arguably Alberta's best-kept natural secret. Activities for the outdoorsy variety are never in short supply. Fishing, hiking, biking, off-roading, camping and recreational boating are among the pastimes supported by the region. And when the weather outside is frightful, activities don't freeze up. Ice fishing from December to March attracts experienced anglers and curious newbies with the opportunity to catch (and maybe, release) a big Walleye, Northern Pike (Jackfish) or Whitefish in the colder months.
Comforts of a slower lifestyle and recreational activities like these are contributors to the community's growing tourism industry. But oil, gas and forestry industries that thrive on the resource richness of the area, in addition to spinoff industries like manufacturing, are significant players in the region's growing economy.
Town of Slave Lake and Municipal District of Lesser Slave River: 9757 (based on 2011 census data)
Town of Slave Lake: 6,782
Population growth, 2001-2009 (%): 6
Population within 1 hour commuting distance: 8,000
Greater Trading Area(120 km radius):
One of Canada’s ten youngest communities (population over 5,000)
248 km northwest of Edmonton and 318 km east of Grande Prairie on the southeast shore of Lesser Slave Lake
Distance from city centre to nearest airport with scheduled service (km): 250