When you pull onto the paved highway to go north from Edmonton, prepare for a magical beach and boreal odyssey. After about two and a half hours, you’ll drive into endless miles of rich, green woodlands divided by clear waterways teeming with game fish and wildlife. Big Lake Country, characterized by the large bodies of water found in the Municipal Districts of Opportunity, Lesser Slave River and Big Lakes, is the only region in all of Alberta where visitors can take advantage of peaceful, uncrowded isolation, yet find every civilized amenity within minutes. A region where the province’s largest automobile-accessible lake lies encircled by sandy beaches, and surrounded by an overwhelming choice of motor inns, restaurants, serviced campgrounds, resorts, museums, bed & breakfast facilities, cultural/heritage activities, fantastic fishing, birding and hiking trails. Best of all, you’ll find friendly people eager to make this your best vacation experience ever!
Big Lake Country prides itself in having attractions that marvel and inspire all ages and nationalities. Restaurants, resorts and attractions cater to all budgets. While snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross country skiing occupy most of the winter months, in summertime, things literally and figuratively heat up all around “The Jewel of the North”. The warmth and cleanliness of the lakes here make them ideal for fishing, swimming, sailboarding or just catching a few rays. And don’t worry about provisioning – it’s all here.
Three of Alberta’s more renowned provincial parks, ideal for quiet camping, are ready to give you that wilderness – yet civilized – feeling. The towns of High Prairie and Slave Lake, found at the west and east ends of Lesser Slave Lake respectively, are jammed with attractions and special events like festivals, fairs, rodeos and native cultural activities. It’s truly the vacation experience of a millennium. Your only wish in Big Lake Country, is that your stay here could last forever!