The only educational and research facility in the world strategically located to study boreal birds on their breeding grounds, the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory is located approximately 22 kilometres north of the Town of Slave Lake on Highway 88. More than 230 bird species have been observed including tundra swans, ducks, geese, western grebe as well as numerous migrant song birds.
The centre's main building, over 6000 square feet in size, is of interest in itself as it was constructed with sustainable building products only. It also is heated by a geothermal heat pump system, makes use of solar panels for electricity, captures and treats rainwater and uses a system of commercial grade composting toilets and waterless urinals.
The facility is opened to the public from 10:00am to 4:00pm on weekends (except statutory holidays) or during the week by special arrangement. A gift shop and hostel-style accommodation is also available.
American white pelicans can be sighted along the lakeshore and in the vicinity of Dog Island 5 kilometres offshore of Devonshire Beach. Bald eagles are also predominant in these areas and can be spotted daily in and around the Sak Ata Wahk RV Park and Campground along with numerous other varieties of birds.
There are many great hiking trails including the Frontier Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail system, which spans 28 kilometres north of the Town of Slave Lake, along the edges of the boreal forest, waterfowl ponds, beaches, past the bird observatory and through the Slave Lake Provincial Park to the hamlet of Marten Beach.
You may also enjoy a very scenic 5.0 kilometre hike from the Marten Mountain forestry lookout tower to Lily Lake and back.
Lesser Slave Lake has many kilometres of beautiful clean sand beaches, including the longest in western Canada, and shallow water that warms quickly on hot summer days. The lake is a prime destination for many power boaters, sail boaters, water skiers, seadooers, wind surfers, kayakers and canoeists.
ATV TRAIL RIDING
There are numerous great ATV trails in the vicinity of Lesser Slave Lake to enjoy as well as ATV guided tours.
Horseback riding trails are abundant in the Slave Lake area although hosted trail rides are no longer available.
Kayaking on the Lesser Slave River and its' tributaries is enjoyed by many although hosted tours are no longer offered in Slave Lake.
Lesser Slave Lake has a reputation for being one of the top Walleye fisheries in North America. Pike (Jack), Walleye (Pickerel) and Perch are the fisherman's choice but the lake also hosts a variety of other fish including Sucker, Ling and Whitefish. There are a number of annual fishing tournaments in the Lesser Slave Lake area. The longest running, the Golden Walleye Classic at Shaw's Point, is among the largest in north America, at one time claiming to be the largest and richest in the world.
Surrounding creeks and rivers are also great for catching Goldeye, Artic Grayling, Brook and other trout.
Consult the Alberta Outdoorsmen website for Fishing Regulations including relevant Fish Management Zone Maps.
The Gilwood Golf and Country Club is located at the North Shore about ten minutes north of Slave Lake on Highway 88. There’s a full service clubhouse and the course is set to open with another nine challenging holes in 2005
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Big Lake Country Interpretive Tours Nature Tours.
Big Lake Country Tourism Web Site Area directory.
Lesser Slave Lake Region Tourism Events Calendar and More.
Slave Lake Area Guide Slave Lake directory.