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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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