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Columns written by Mayor Tyler Warman in 2015, on a wide range of topics, including town council information, upcoming events, important budgetary issues, and local attractions. His blogs can be found here, and published in the Lakeside Leader the Wednesday after it appears online.  

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Sep 27

Things to do in Slave Lake

Posted on September 27, 2017 at 3:18 PM by Jordan Schenkelberg

These blogs have been great for communication as I think most would agree.  They inform people on what is going on and give you a peek into a more comprehensive look at a certain subject.  One of the issues I have been encountering lately is running out of things to talk about.  So if you ever have an idea for a blog please feel free to send me a message, put it on social media or email me at  In that spirit I asked for some ideas last week and got a few.  Some I had talked about before, others I will touch on in the future.  The one that jumped out at me this week was about things to do in Slave Lake.
I often hear people talk about how there is nothing to do in Slave Lake.  Residents who are new to Town are constantly looking for ideas.   To be honest I used to feel the same way about Slave Lake.  Especially when I was younger and single.  There have been some days even as a family that we feel caught in a rut with nothing to do.  So I thought I would throw out a few of my favorites for this time of year.  Do with it what you want.  First off you have to embrace winter.  The best thing to do is enjoy the snow when it comes.  Skidooing has become a passion for me in the last two years but is not for everyone.  You could travel to nine mile and check out the cross country ski trails or head to the bird observatory for a tour and then rent a pair of snow shoes for next to nothing and check out the trails around there.  Tobogganing is a blast at Hilda Eben Park, or if you’re adventurous you could take a turn on cemetery hill.  Public skating is often sponsored lately and you can also use one of the four free ice surfaces around town.  A walk on the walking trails will never be a waste of an hour either.  If you’re really bold try ice fishing.  Its probably one of the cheapest hobbies you could take up.   You can hook them with almost anything and a broken hockey stick can easily be used as a rod.  In fact if you go out and try on February 14 and 15 you don’t even need a license.  Joining Rec hockey, or helping out with the figure skating club could be options too.  One of the most fun days I ever had was taking my family up to Little Smokey and going tubing for the day.  They have a hill you slide down, rent helmets and tubes.  When you get to the bottom, there is a T-bar that brings you right back up.  It’s awesome!

If you are wanting to stay indoors, take the kids to the indoor playground at the MRC.  Try drop-in volleyball in the field house.  Hit the running track, join aqua size or call Joy at the pool and learn how to swim.  There is a scrapbooking community out there, scouts, cadets and dance clubs.  Grab ten buddies and head to the MRC to play a game of basketball.  Watching a Winterhawks game is never disappointing either and they even have a liquor license if you are wanting a refreshment while you are there.  The curling club is always looking for members, and so are Kinettes and the Rotary Club.  Tuesdays you can do floor curling at the Pioneer drop in Centre.  Stop by the Rex movie Theatre, or the Legion’s Steak supper.  Northern Lakes College is always hosting some interesting training courses and if you keep an eye on the Town of Slave Lake web page, there always seems to be something going on. 
None of these include all the fun things you could create on your own, have friends over, or go out for a nice dinner.  The point is life is not going to knock on your door and ask if you want to take part.  Instead you have to get up off the couch and make it happen.  The biggest difference between some of the best days in my life and the worst were attitude!  With all the things listed above, there has to be something that interests you!