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Sylvan Lake Provincial Park is a provincial park in central Alberta, Canada. It is located immediately north from the town of Sylvan Lake, in
History Museum
Reynolds-Alberta Museum celebrates the Spirit of the Machine and interprets the impact of technological change in transportation, aviation, a
Water Park
Only 90 minutes from Edmonton or Calgary, WILD RAPIDS WATERSLIDE PARK, in Sylvan Lake, is the perfect place for a day of fun in the sun! Take
Wildlife Area
Wabamun Lake Provincial Park is a provincial park in Alberta, Canada. It is located on the north-eastern shore of Wabamun Lake, near the haml
River Rafting / Tubing
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Jarvis Bay Provincial Park is a provincial park in Alberta, Canada, located 4 km (2.5 mi) north from Sylvan Lake and 35 km (22 mi) west from

Sylvan Lake

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Sylvan Lake is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located 25km west of the City of Red Deer along Highway 11 or Highway 11A. It is situated on the southeast edge of Sylvan Lake, a 15km freshwater lake, in Red Deer County.The lake is a popular destination for tourists from around Alberta, with over 1.5 million visitors each year. Popular tourist activities include sunbathing, swimming, water-skiing, and visiting Camp Woods in Sylvan Lake played to the 12th Canadian Scout Jamboree in July 2013.HistorySylvan Lake was originally settled by French speaking immigrants from Quebec and the United States. Arriving in 1898 from Michigan, Alexandre Loiselle and his family homesteaded the quarter section that later became the west side of today's Main (50th) Street and the businesses and homes immediately to the west. When the first settlers arrived at Sylvan Lake in 1899, the lake was named Snake Lake from the Cree name Kinabik, (or kinepik) which referred to the numerous garter snakes in the area. The name was officially changed to Sylvan Lake in 1903 (Gaetz 1948). "Sylvan" is from the Latin sylvanus, which means "of a forest".In the early twentieth century, groups of Estonian and then Finnish settlers moved to homesteads to the south and west of the fledgling settlement at Sylvan Lake. With their arrival came the early business community, a general store, a blacksmith, a hardware store, post office, barber, and restaurants. The completion of the Canadian Northern line to Rocky Mountain House and Nordegg in 1912 and the parallel Canadian Pacific in 1914 opened the west country to settlement and resulted in the incorporation of Sylvan Lake in 1913 under Mayor E. S. Grimson, a local hardware store owner. The anniversary of the founding of the town is celebrated every year in Sylvan Lake as "1913 Days". Find what you're looking for from your Sylvan Lake holiday, by planning the whole thing with us using our handy Canada holiday planner.

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