Marten Beach is a hamlet in northern Alberta, Canada within the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No. 124. It is located on the northeast shore of Lesser Slave Lake, 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of Highway 88. It is approximately 36 kilometres (22 mi) north of the Town of Slave Lake and 238 kilometres (148 mi) northwest of the City of Edmonton.
History and attractions
The hamlet was founded by Herb Johnson of Plamondon, Alberta and his wife Stevie in the middle of the 20th century. He subdivided his property into the current hamlet and the neighbouring Diamond Willow Resort campground, which he then used for subsequent income. There have been proposals to turn the hamlet into a village, yet this has not proved popular as yet with residents. The names of the roads in the community boast connections to the founder, such as 'Johnson Drive' or 'Herb Crescent'.
Other attractions in the area include the Bird Observatory within the provincial park, Marten Mountain, Lily Lake, the 'Oilman's' Sand Dunes, and sandy beaches along the lakeshore. Activities in the area also include horseback riding, bike trails, and year-round fishing.
- "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
- "Marten Beach Area Structure Plan, Bylaw 96-09". Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No. 124. 1996-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
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