A region that’s well-known for playing just as hard as it works, Lesser Slave River’s seasonal festivals, tournaments and cultural events never disappoint. They're well-known to most locals, and some events even warrant an annual pilgrimage for thrill-seekers across the nation. From a world-renowned fishing derby to fairs, rodeos and a wide variety of native cultural activities, the reasons to celebrate our uniquely beautiful boreal home know no bounds.
THE SLAVE LAKE TOURISM STRATEGY IS OUR PLAN TO SHOWCASE THE THOUSANDS OF UNIQUE OUTDOOR PURSUITS OF OUR RUGGED-AND-REAL BOREAL REGION TO ALBERTA, CANADA AND THE WORLD AT LARGE. GIVE IT A READ AND DISCOVER HOW WE PLAN TO SPREAD THE WORD.
Here’s where you’ll find an ever-growing inventory of must-see festivals and events happening across Lesser Slave River. Notice something missing from the list? Please contact Alanis Marleau, Communications Coordinator for the MD.
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MAP OF THE MD
Find Your Bearings in the MD

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Don't miss out on these special events

Frost Fest

FROST FEST
Every February in Slave Lake

Frost Fest is a favourite February event in Slave Lake with winter games and family fun including a family ski trip, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, outdoor scavenger hunts, and indoor displays. After your family has finished with all of the exciting activities, the Boreal Centre offers indoor displays while you warm up with some hot chocolate.

Flatbush Rocks

FLATBUSH ROCKS
Annual Rock n' Roll Concert

Canada Day Festivities

CANADA DAY FESTIVITIES
July 1 in Canyon Creek

Canada Day festivities in Canyon Creek and Slave Lake include BBQs and fireworks and outdoor events for the whole family. Our small and connected communities make great locations for enjoying this national holiday.

Smith Hondo Fall Fair & Rodeo

SMITH-HONDO FALL FAIR & RODEO
Labour Day Weekend in Smith

The Smith-Hondo Fall Fair and Rodeo is held on Labour Day weekend each year and showcases the rodeo, chariot racing and calf roping, with a large dance and open festival.

Museums & Interpretive Centres

MUSEUMS & INTERPRETIVE CENTRES
Year-Round, Slave Lake Region

In addition to these events, local museums and interpretive centres offer a fascinating insight into aboriginal and modern history alike. They include the High Prairie & District Museum & Historical Society, the Kinosayo Museum, the Pioneer Thresherman's Association in High Prairie, and the Native Cultural Arts Museum in Grouard, while the Native Friendship Centre in Slave Lake offers a variety of programs and displays Aboriginal crafts and artifacts.

National Aboriginal Day

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY
Every June Across the Region

The Slave Lake Region celebrates National Aboriginal Day each June with traditional dancing, face painting and a meal. It’s a great chance to experience First Nation and Metis culture and enjoy some performances and crafts.

Songbird Festival

SONGBIRD FESTIVAL
Every June at the Boreal Centre

Held at the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, the Annual Songbird Festival takes place in early June and offers educational activities for the entire family. Visitors can participate in workshops, tours, and guided hikes. This event features plenty of free children's activities including face painting and crafts.

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Route 88 Show & Shine

ROUTE 88 SHOW & SHINE
Mid-September in Slave Lake

Route 88 Rods & Customs was established in 2005 by a group of fellow vehicle enthusiasts that banded together for our passion of vintage, classic, hot rod, muscle and customs rides. We gather once a month to have fun, share ideas, information , attend Sunday Cruise "Nights" and plan for our Annual Show 'N' Shine. Our goals have never changed over the years we are dedicated to supporting our community with funding from the monies raised from our annual Show 'N' Shine. Non-profit groups, schools, and/or local programs- Santa's Anonymous, Slave Lake Food Bank, Lakeside Nursery School, C.J. Schurter School, The Boys and Girls Club, Slave Lake Cadets, St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School. We are always accepting new members! You don't need a ride to join. Join us for your passion of vehicles and your love of our great community.

Farmers' Market

FARMERS' MARKET
Fridays June - September, Parking Lot of The Brick

Running every Friday from 11:00am until 3:00pm, starting June 6th, 2014 until August 29th, 2014, the Farmers' Market provides a unique shopping experience in the community, supporting regional producers and growers that provide quality homemade, grown or baked goods in a friendly and vibrant atmosphere. This is a true farmers' market where you have to make it, bake it, or grow it, in order to sell it here. The market is sponsored by Slave Lake & District Chamber of Commerce.

Angler's Cup

ANGLER'S CUP
Every Year on Father's Day Weekend

This catch and release walleye tournament accommodates as many as 150 fishing teams in a 2 day, total weight tournament. The tournament in one leg of the Western Canadian Walleye Trail. The tournament is one of the richest cash events in Canada with a total of $145,000 in prize money available. Proceeds from the event benefit the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Fire Service.

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Riverboat Daze

RIVERBOAT DAZE
July 4 - July 6

Riverboat Daze is Slave Lake's annual summer fun festival. Its name hearkens back to a booming period in the history of the town before railroads, when riverboats plied the waters of Lesser Slave Lake bringing settlers and supplies from the south into the vast Peace Country of northwestern Alberta. 'Rubberboot Daze' as it is affectionately known locally, has been going on for over 30 years and consists of a few main events, with a host of lesser attractions to provide fun and entertainment for all interests and ages.

Sand Blast

SAND BLAST
Every July at Devonshire Beach

Taking place annually on Devonshire Beach in Lesser Slave River, Sand Blast (formerly the Open Sand Sculpture Championship) began more than ten years ago. It has since transformed into one of the most highly anticipated events in the Slave Lake region, attracting visitors of all ages. Guests are invited to showcase their sand castle sculpting skills at the main event, or partake in a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment scheduled throughout the day.

ASB Fall Social

ASB FALL SOCIAL
Every November in Flatbush

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