Parks & Beaches

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 rugged-and-real beauty. Here you'll find an abundance of lakes, rivers and trails to explore — in addition to the largest automobile-accessible lake in the province.

Open Spaces Regulations Bylaw

The MD enacted its Open Spaces Regulations Bylaw in May of 2022. This important legislation helps establish expectations for visitors of MD-owned parks, trails and open spaces. It also provides Control Officers with a clear-cut set of guidelines to ensure that visitors do not unduly interfere with the amenities of an open space, or materially interfere with or affect the use and enjoyment of the open space by all visitors.

Click Here to review Open Spaces Regulation Bylaw 2022-03.

Parks

Canyon Creek Wildfire Legacy Park

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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.

Permitted Activities: Hiking

Jean-Luc Deba Memorial Park

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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.

Permitted Activities: Hiking

Widewater Fire Hall Park

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Officially opened July 18, 2018, the Widewater Fire Hall Park is a fun and attractive community playground area that overlooks Lesser Slave Lake. As its name denotes, this little park is tucked in behind the Widewater Fire Hall. With the collaboration and support of the Widewater Athletic Association, this scenic rest area and wheelchair-accessible playspace was built for the benefit of all who live in, or travel through, the Lesser Slave River region.

Permitted Activities: Hiking

Beaches

Devonshire Beach

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.

T: 1.877.537.2757
Permitted Activities: Hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing

Marten River Campground Beach

Marten River Campground Beach is at the north end of the park. Frequented by campers, it is also open to other visitors. Parking is available at the amphitheatre. Though smaller than Devonshire Beach, the Marten River Campground Beach also features natural and groomed sections.

T: 1.877.537.2757
Permitted Activities: Hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing

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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.

Open Spaces Bylaw

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COUNCIL ENACTS OPEN SPACES REGULATION BYLAW

This important legislation articulates the free use of open space areas across the MD, while providing a framework for managing conflicting uses and growing demands on these areas.
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Welcome to Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton lies the remarkable region of Lesser Slave River. 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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