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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

Area Natural Resources:

Natural Gas, Oil, Fish, Water, Timber, Sand, Gravel, Livestock

Major Exports:

Oil and Gas, Lumber, Oriented Strand Board, Plywood, Pulp, Wood shavings and pellets, Fish


Major Highways: Highways. 2 & 88
Industrial Rail Service
Bus Service  Northern Express Local Airport (Charter)
Four Helicopter Companies


2 Medical Clinics
2 Dentist Offices
1 Chiropractor


Three Public Schools (one secondary)
Two Separate Schools
One Private School
Northern Lakes Community College


Most denominations have a place of worship within the Town boundaries


Public Library with High Speed Internet Access
Two local weekly newspapers
Cable Television
One retail power centre
Two grocery stores
Downtown retail area
Arena and Field House, Curling rink, ball diamonds, soccer pitches, community swimming pool


Average Jan. temperature: -18 Celsius
Average July temperature: 18 Celsius
Frost free days: 92

Residential Indicators:

Average Household income ($): 81 000 (2006 census data)
Average home price ($): 300,000

Business Indicators:

Average lease rate, Office ($/square foot): 14
Average lease rate, Retail ($/square foot): 18
Cost of serviced industrial land ($/acre): 200,000
Property tax for business (mill rate): 13.3028 (2011)
Lowest tier business licence fee ($): 120
Change in number of business licences issued, 2011 vs. 2009 (%): 12
Change in total value of commercial development permits, 2009 vs. 2008 (%): 0
Business tax: n/a
Wait time for development permits (days): 40

Largest Employers Within Municipal Boundaries

Aspen Regional Healthcare Centre
Town of Slave Lake

Major Municipal Projects Announced

Government Centre ($22M)

Major Projects Under Construction

New Ecumenical Church ($850,000)
Redevelopment of areas affected by May 15, 2011 fire event

Special amenities

Lesser Slave Lake (largest automobile accessible lake in Alberta)
Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation
Provincial Park
Devonshire Beach
Marten Mountain Viewpoint