DescriptionSlave Lake is on the southeast shore of Lesser Slave Lake, the second-largest lake in Alberta. Popular with bird-watchers and recreationalists, the expansive body of water is easily accessible by automobile. Six kilometres (4 mi.) north on Hwy. 88, Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park hugs the lake's east shore and provides snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opportunities in winter as well as camping and hiking during the summer. The park also is home to the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory and the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation. Riverboat Daze takes place in early July. Sand sculptors compete during the Sand Blast Competition , held the third weekend in July.
In 2011 a devastating fire that originated in a nearby forest ravaged the Slave Lake community, necessitating the complete evacuation of the town. At the time, the displacement of nearly 7,000 residents was reported to be the largest in Alberta's history. Although about a third of Slave Lake was destroyed in the fire—which gutted the town hall, library and radio station—the community has since made what is considered to be a remarkable recovery and has rebuilt most of what was lost.