Sylvan Lake gets recognized as vacation destination

Expedia recognized Sylvan Lake as a great place to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary.

  • May. 11, 2017 4:00 p.m.

Sylvan Lake is well known in Alberta as a great place to visit and take a vacation. Recently, the Town has gotten recognition on a larger scale.

Travel company Expedia released an article on its website, earlier this year, entitled “Top Small Towns to Visit for a Canada Day Getaway.” The piece described Sylvan Lake as a place to escape from the hustle and bustle, and make good memories, outlining a number of local events that make it an ideal destination for Canada Day celebrations during the auspicious Canada Day approaching in this coming July: Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Mayor Sean McIntyre was quite pleased, when informed of the recognition the Town had gotten for that quality. McIntyre described Sylvan Lake has having “a magnetic quality, that once you visit, you can’t help but come back.”

“Certainly it’s an honour to be on a list like that, one that looks at Sylvan Lake from a national perspective,” said Sean McIntyre. “When someone has been here, they always end up finding their way back.”

Jennifer Cuellar, an author with Expedia, wrote in an email to the Sylvan Lake News that she looked at “a variety of elements, such as upcoming events for the 150th anniversary, summertime experiences you can’t find anywhere else and places to spend quality time with your family.”

Cuellar described Sylvan Lake as “the perfect spot for splashing around with the kids at Aqua Splash, taking in fresh air at the farmers market and beating friends at Lakeside Go Karts.”

She noted that the town has something for every member of the family, and that such a quality earned it a berth on her list of top towns that make good vacation spots for Canada’s 150th.

McIntyre stated that the many festivities this coming Canada Day are a very good reason for the Town to get recognition, with collaborative events like the March of the Canadians set to take place.

“The March of the Canadians is something special to me, when it happens. People march together as one, and everyone is welcome to join us, as we march from the Municipal Government Building, down to the pier,” said McIntyre. “We have all kinds of activities for families happening there, like music, face painting and even massages. There’s a traditional birthday cake cutting, there are fireworks as well.”

“There’s a wonderful quality to this community, and I think that makes us unique,” he added.