Sylvan Lake is a large lake in central Alberta, Canada. The resort town of Sylvan Lake is established on the shores of the lake, west of the city of Red Deer.
Sylvan Lake is a mesotrophic lake with a total area of 42.8 km2 (16.5 sq mi), and a maximum depth of 18.3 m (60 ft). It lies at an elevation of 974 m (3,196 ft).
Development and conservation
The town of Sylvan Lake is built on the southern shore. Other smaller communities around the lake are Sunbreaker Cove, Birchcliff, Crystal Springs, Norglenwold, Half Moon Bay and Jarvis Bay.
Sylvan Lake is one of the most popular recreational areas in Alberta, with over 1.5 million visitors per year. Water based recreational activities include boating, dragon boat racing, swimming, windsurfing, water skiing in summer and ice fishing, skating and snowmobiling during the winter months. Wild Rapids Waterslides, one of the largest waterslide parks in Alberta, is located here.
Sylvan Lake Provincial Park and Jarvis Bay Provincial Park are established on the western and eastern shores respectively.