Winter Activities

Winter in the Slave Lake Region

There are numerous activities for outdoor adventure during the winter months. Our countless parks and lakes provide a host of opportunities for winter sports enthusiasts to snowmobile, snowshoe, cross-country ski, skate, ice fish, and more. As well, we have extensive indoor Recreational Programming for you to take part in. It’s also an amazing place to witness one of nature’s most incredible splendorous—Aurora Borealis—the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Other popular activities are cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Nine Mile Point recreation area near Wagner has more than 10 km of groomed trails. We get plenty of snow and you’re sure to find fresh places to adventure. Also, the Boreal Centre provides free snowshoe rentals for visitors and residents to experience the 27 km of trails overlooking Lesser Lave Lake.

cross-country skiing

Ice Fishing

Lesser Slave Lake is one of the top destinations for ice fishing in Alberta. Locals are fortunate that with a quick few minutes’ drive they can be situated at their favourite fishing hole, enjoying the quiet and solitude that can only arise during a nice day of ice fishing. There are numerous access points for vehicles, snowmobiles, and ATVs. These include Canyon Creek, Widewater, and others. Also, Mitsue, Fawcett, and Lawrence Lakes all have excellent winter fishing opportunities.

Ice Fishing


Outdoorsmen travel from all over the world to explore the hunting that the Slave Lake Region has to offer. With some of the largest trophies on record, the local hunting area offers moose, whitetail deer, mule deer, elk, black bear, wolves, coyote, cougar, grouse, goose, partridge and ducks. Local hunting guides in the area can host those looking for a full experience. Visitors and locals alike need to possess a hunting license and adhere to tag conditions.



Throughout the winter, families can enjoy outdoor skating on the three skating rinks in Slave Lake maintained by local volunteers and town staff. These rinks are also sites of friendly hockey matches between neighbours. In Smith, a community rink is used by aspiring figure skaters and often hosts family hockey games.

Outdoor hockey game. Credit: Lakeside Leader Newspaper