Parks, Beaches and Trails

Explore our rugged-and-real region.

Amid the splendor of the boreal forest in north central Alberta lies a tract of virtually unspoiled beauty filled with fish and wildlife, campgrounds, trails, parks and beaches, and many other natural wonders unparalleled in the province. The vast expanse of sun-sparkled water is almost too much for the senses to take in. Endless white sand beaches stream away in opposite directions. Your toes can’t wait to wiggle. Welcome to Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, right in our backyard and home to the largest auto accessible lake in Alberta.

Nestled in northern Alberta’s boreal forest, Lesser Slave Lake covers 1,160 sq km (448 sq mi). Small towns, beach resorts, campgrounds, and marinas are dotted along its shores. Boating, waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, paddling, fishing – pick one or pick them all.

Be bear smart. Remember, when you’re exploring Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, you are in bear country. Both black and grizzly bears can be found in the park.


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Parks

 

Wildfire Legacy Park

Officially opened July 1, 2016, the Canyon Creek Wildfire Legacy Park was created as a tribute to the region's bravery, resiliency, and hope in the wake of the devastating May 2011 wildfires. With the collaboration and support of the Red Cross and the Widewater Athletic Association, this rest area and one-of-a-kind playspace was built for the benefit of all who live, work, and play in the region. The park overlooks the waters of Lesser Slave Lake.

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In May 2012, the Jean-Luc Deba Memorial Park was created on the shore of Canyon Creek to honour the sole casualty of the devastating May 2011 wildfires that ravaged the Lesser Slave River region. Deba, 54, died the year prior when his Bell 212 helicopter crashed into the waters of Lesser Slave Lake while trying to drop water on the flames from a bucket attached to his helicopter.

Located near a collection of popular local camping and recreational facilities, the park offers a place of enjoyment and quiet reflection.

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Multi-Use Trails

The third largest park in Alberta, Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park features the longest stretch of sandy beach in Western Canada, the easternmost foothills in the province, and home to the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory (LSLBO). The observatory is located on a migration corridor on the eastern shore of the lake and is the northernmost bird observatory in Canada. More than 230 bird species have been observed in the area, including 23 species of wood warblers. The observatory studies neotropical migratory songbirds and offers regularly scheduled bird banding demonstrations and bird hikes, "citizen science" projects for volunteers, and family bird watching packs. Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park is home to some excellent hiking trails and one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the boreal forest.

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Found at the south end of Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, Devonshire Beach is a 1.5 kilometer stretch of natural and groomed white sand beach. Part of a 1500-year-old sand dune complex, Devonshire Beach is a unique environment in the province of Alberta and an important habitat for several rare plants and animal species.

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At 983 metres, Marten Mountain Viewpoint overlooks the striking panorama of the lake and lakeshore hiking trails Take in a truly breathtaking panoramic view of Lesser Slave Lake and its forested slopes, ancient beach ridges and shifting sand dunes. Marten Mountain is the highest point of land for hundreds of square kilometres. The extreme elevation of the mountain creates a unique micro-climate, providing the perfect growing conditions for lodgepole pine, devil’s club, and running raspberry.

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This 23 kilometre trail follows the shoreline of Lesser Slave Lake and can be accessed from Devonshire Beach, North Shore Day Use Area, the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation and Marten River Campground. The trail gives visitors fantastic views of the lake and surrounding boreal forest. Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities abound on this portion of Canada’s longest continuous recreational trail.

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This trail offers visitors breathtaking views of the park’s backcountry. Accessible from Marten Mountain Viewpoint, the trail descends 2.8 km to beautiful Lily Lake, which is stocked with eastern brook trout.

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Signs along this self-guided interpretive trail lead you through a magnificent old growth forest. The trail is 500 metres in length and can be accessed 300 metres down the Lily Lake Trail.

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This 1.75 kilometer trail is ideal for family bike rides. It is an easy gravel trail that runs from Marten River Campground to Marten River Group Use Area.

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This 1.5 kilometer self-guided interpretive trail is actually a small section of the Trans Canada Trail. Accessible from Devonshire Beach parking lot, it tells the story of the park’s provincially significant 1500-yearold dune complex.

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This 600 metre loop trail is located next to the Boreal Centre and meanders through a towering aspen poplar forest. Self-guiding interpretive signs introduce the secret lives of birds of the boreal forest. Benches on this trail are a great place to stop, watch, and listen for birds.

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There are two other provincial parks in the community. Cross Lake Provincial Park, just east of Flatbush, and Lawrence Lake Provincial Park are known for their excellent camping and fishing adventures.

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The Peace River Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail, is maintained by the Athabasca Landing Trails Association. This 60 km route winds its way along the Athabasca River through Boreal forest and offers an spectacular wilderness area with interesting native flora and fauna and breathtaking views of the Athabasca River. This is a multi-use trail for hiking, biking, quadding, sledding and horseback riding.


Cross-Country Ski Trails

Ski along the whispering sands trail to the beach road and the Trans Canada Trail to Northshore. Explore the south end of the park behind ancient sand dunes and through jack pine forests; crest the beach ridge and follow it to the Northshore Day Use Area. This trail has some small steep hills and descents

Take the Trans Canada Trail through a mixed wood forest along the shore of Lesser Slave Lake. Bison at the Northshore Homestead Ranch can sometimes be seen along the fence line during the winter. This is one of the longest trails in the park with relatively flat and easy skiing.

This flat and easy loop trail is just outside the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation and is a great place to learn and practice your cross-country ski skills. Keep an eye out for winter residents like the black capped chickadee, downy woodpecker and pine siskin.

Plan for a round-trip, as the Lily Creek group site cannot be accessed by vehicle during the winter months. When you reach the group site head down to the beach to look for the ice ridges, off the mouth of Lily Creek, that can pile up as high as 15ft. This trail is flat with easy skiing.

The Nine Mile Creek Recreation Area offers visitors 8 km of trails groomed for classic skiing. Junctions at this site are clearly marked with signs portraying maps of the surrounding trails and denoting the visitor’s present location. This trail system offers visitors with beginner and intermediate level trails. Visitors seeking beginner trails are encouraged to explore the Box Trail. Those wishing to have a longer ski are encouraged to extend their path along the intermediate section of this trail, looping back along Regeneration Way. The Conifer Valley Trail offers visitors a beautiful loop near the beginning of the trail system.

Trail Overview and Highlights:
• 8 km of trails track set for classic ski use.
• No trail fees are in effect, however donations to the club are encouraged.

Site Facilities: A chalet is located on site and is open on weekends.

Ski Equipment: No equipment is available in the local area.

Club Information: The Nine Mile Creek Recreational Club has only been founded in the last three years. Club members are currently working in conjunction with the Department of Sustainable Resource Development to expand the trail infrastructure.

Access to Site (when open/accessible): Visitors may access the site anytime during the ski season.

For more information about recreational activities in and around Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, visit the Government of Alberta’s Tourism, Parks, and Recreation website by clicking here


Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Lesser Slave River region hosts the Show n’ Shine Car show, Geocaching events, an Easter Family Egg-stravaganza, Relay for Life, Community Corporate Challenge, Spooktacular Halloween Party, and various Christmas Charity events. With all of these events, there is something fun for everyone almost every weekend in the Region. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

 

MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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