Living in the Slave Lake Region
Life in the Slave Lake Region is exciting! With all of the summer activities, winter activities and annual events the region has something for everyone. And, whether it’s summer or winter, the indoor recreation facilities located throughout the region boast numerous activities for all to enjoy too.
In Slave Lake, the Multi-Rec Centre (MRC) offers ice rinks and a Fieldhouse. The two regulation-sized ice rinks are home to hockey games of the local teams – Thunder, Wolves, Winterhawks and Kodiaks. Figure skating practice and regional competitions are also held in the arenas. The upper-tier of the Fieldhouse provides a running track where residents of all ages can walk, jog or run. Basketball, soccer, badminton and volleyball are just a few of the activities that can also be enjoyed in the Fieldhouse – the surface is covered in rubber matting for safe and enjoyable play. Within the MRC, families are able to gather at the indoor playground to let their children climb, play and make new friends – this is a great way for families new to town to meet people with similar interests. After a day of enjoying the arenas, track, Fieldhouse and play centre, families can grab a bite to eat at the fully serviced, on site concession.
The Northern Lights Aquatic Centre is the indoor pool for the area. Red Cross swimming lessons, scuba diving lessons and even kayaking lessons are offered in the 25 meter main tank. Little ones can enjoy learning to swim in the zero depth pool, playing with an assortment of water toys and enjoying a small tot sized water slide. To add to the excitement, ride down the twisting water slide for a fun splash. There is also a hot tub for all to relax. The pool is home to the Slave Lake Sharks and the Synchronized Swim Club and hosts swim meets and competitions.
For lovers of life-long learning the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library is a vibrant and exciting place to learn and relax. The Library has over 32,000 items, including CD’s, DVD’s and even video games. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere as you peruse the vast selection of print and no-print selections that include children’s, young adult, and adult fiction and nonfiction books. The Lion’s Den is a section of the Library dedicated to young learners where toys, puzzles, games, and read-along’s are ready to be explored. The Library also has programming that includes story time, Lego time, youth night, afternoon movies and puzzle and game time. To celebrate annual events and holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, the Library hosts fun afternoon crafts for learners of all ages.
For retail therapy try the Cornerstone Shopping Centre in Slave Lake, or take a venture into the downtown. Large retail stores such as Canadian Tire, Wal-Mart, shoppers Drug Mart, Staples, Stitches, Reitmans, Rexall and the Brick offer staple items and more. It is also worth the time to explore the unique and small businesses in downtown Slave Lake and in the small communities throughout the region. These little gems provide interesting and exceptional finds that make great gifts for yourself or someone special. Take some time to chat with the shop owner who will have great stories to share about the community and can often point a visitor or newcomer in a direction of fun and excitement.