Sylvan Lake Alberta

Sylvan Lake, AB

Year Round. Activities Vary.

About Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada

Located in Central Alberta, the Sylvan Lake has a total area of approximately 48.2 It is a popular recreational lake for all the seasons. Sylvan Lake Provincial Park & Jarvis Bay Provincial Park are located on the shores of the Lake. A town for all seasons, the name Sylvan Lake was derived from the latin word, sylvanus meaning – of a forest. Settled by French speaking immigrants from Quebec and the United States in late 1800s, Sylvan Lake was, even then, a popular summer destination for people in the region. The Town was officially incorporated in 1913.

What to do at Sylvan Lake Alberta?

Things to do/Attractions at Sylvan Lake

1. Enjoy a day of swimming, building sand castles or just sun bathing at the Lake.

2. Summer Activities include waterskiing, windsurfing, fishing, boating, Canoeing & Kayaking, Volleyball & flyboarding.

3. Winter activities include Ice Fishing (one of the best Ice fishing spots in Alberta), Skiing, ice skating ,Snowmobiling

4. Cross Country skiing and Snow shoeing in Jarvis Bay Provincial Park (There is no access to the Lake from this park.)

For attractions in the town of Sylvan Lake including go-karting, watersides on the Lakeshore – see here

Who all can go and enjoy ? -All

When to visit Sylvan Lake?

Hours Sylvan Lake

Year round. Activities Vary according to season.

Jarvis Bay Provincial Park – Camping Season:

May Mid – Early October. Current Season : May 14 – Oct 13

Fishing season & rules Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake & tributaries – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 5; Lake Whitefish limit 5; Burbot limit 3.

The portion of lake southwest from the northeastern most tip of the landfill pier in Sylvan Lake Provincial Park to the point on the shoreline where the boundary between the town of Sylvan Lake and the Norglenwold village meet the lake is closed from April 1 to June 30.

The rest of the lake

Apr. 1 to May 19 and Nov. 1 to Dec. 10 – Closed

May 20 to Oct. 31 and Dec. 11 to Mar. 31 – Open

Verify rules -See here

How much will it cost to see Sylvan Lake Alberta?

Admission Sylvan Lake


Camping Fees at Jarvis Bay Campground -$23.00 to $29.00 per night

How to get to Sylvan Lake ?

Location & Directions to Sylvan Lake

Located west of Red Deer, take Queen Elizabeth II highway(AB-2) and take exit 405 B io Highway 11A W towards Sylvan Lake.

Click on the coordinates to get directions using google map.

Jarvis Bay Provincial Park – GPS location : 52.345270385,-114.082332903/ +52° 20′ 54.63″, -114° 4′ 53.45″

Sylvan Lake Provincial Park – GPS coordinate : 52.313044,-114.091058 / 52° 18′ 44.24″, -114° 5′ 27.20″

How long will it take to visit Sylvan Lake?

Time Required to Visit Sylvan Lake – Half a day to two days to enjoy the activities in Sylvan Lake town.

What about Amenities, Access & Parking Sylvan Lake


Dining options in town.

Wheel chair accessible.

Campgrounds and accommodations Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake Provincial Park has only day use sites for Camping

Jarvis Bay Provincial Park –

There are total of 168 units with 23 having electrical hookups.

Fee: $29.00/night for Power sites $23.00/night for non-serviced sites and non-refundable $12.00 reservation fee.

1 wheelchair-accessible campsite (201) and wheelchair-accessible washrooms.

Firewood available in town of Sylvan Lake after September 15.


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