Community Description

Slave Lake is a town in Northern Alberta, Canada, in the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River. It is located on the Southeast shore of Lesser Slave Lake at the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 88.

In 1994 the town hosted the Arctic Winter Games, which is a celebration of circumpolar sports and culture. The town is also the birthplace of Walter Patrick Twinn, a First Nations person and Canadian Senator.

The area of the present-day town of Slave Lake was first explored by David Thompson in 1799. Following his exploration, several fur trading posts were established around Slave Lake, with a Hudson’s Bay Company post established at the mouth of the lake.

The first community, called Sawridge, was wiped out by a flood in the 1930’s, and was subsequently moved and renamed Slave Lake. It was incorporated as a town in 1965.

Community Links

Alberta Tourism
Alberta Forest Products Association
Town of Slave Lake
Slave Lake Chamber of Commerce

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