Media Story - Sylvan Lake, AB | July 7, 2016
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Sylvan Lake

What's New in Sylvan Lake?

Alberta’s favourite beach town is getting a brand new attraction, opening an all-new lighthouse and gearing up for a summer full of fun.

July 7, 2016, Sylvan Lake, AB: Summertime is fun time when you’re in Sylvan Lake. New attractions, exciting events, and fun activities are certain to make this summer better than ever.

Announcing the Wibit Sylvan Lake Aqua Park
A commercial floating waterpark is coming to Sylvan Lake this summer! A genuine Wibit watersports park has been approved and will be opening this summer. This interlocking, modular style water park is one of the hottest new trends in water play and the Sylvan Lake location will be the first of its kind in Alberta. We expect an announcement of the expected opening date very soon.

Sylvan Lake Lighthouse Now Open
Alberta is a landlocked province, but that’s no reason not to have a lighthouse or two dotting the landscape. Sylvan Lake had one of the most visited lighthouses in the province until 2012 when it was condemned and torn down. Local residents and the Sylvan Lake Lion’s Club got behind the idea of re-building it - making it bigger and better. The new lighthouse was officially opened on July 1. It’s fully functional and has a walking trail and adjacent park.

Wild Rapids Waterslide Park Closing at the end of this Season
The news is out. After 34 years, one of Alberta’s biggest outdoor waterparks will be closing. That makes this summer bitter sweet. Visitors and locals alike are savouring their last chance to enjoy the thrilling rides and slides this exciting summer waterpark has to offer. The Town of Sylvan Lake has purchased the lakefront property in order to provide more public space along the lakeshore.

Shake the Lake is Back
The all ages Action Sports and Music Festival will run on August 12 and 13 and feature action sports like skateboarding and BMX competitions as well as live music.

Summertime Fun in Sylvan Lake

Art in the Park – From July 20- August 10, visitors to Sylvan Lake can enjoy art activities at Centennial Park on Wednesdays from 1130 am – 130 pm. It’s a great way to introduce kids to different art mediums with a fun free family activity.

Jazz at the Lake – On August 20, Tommy Banks will be performing at the Jazz on the Lake Festival. The Brothers Landreth will end the festival season with a performance on September 23.

Slide the City – Visitors can experience the thrill of riding a giant slip-n-slide down Main Street Sylvan Lake on August 6.
Food Truck Thursdays – Every summer Thursday from 11 am – 8 pm, the food trucks descend on Sylvan Lake with delicious meals, coffee and snacks. Grab a grilled cheese and relax on a bench and watch the world go by.

Farmer’s Market Fridays – Get your fresh veggies, fruits, artisan foods and crafts each Friday from 4:00 -7:30 pm.

Buskers – Residents and visitors are looking forward to a musical summer. Busking stations have been set up all around the Town of Sylvan Lake.

Bring This Story Alive: Come experience the new Wibit waterpark, take a stroll along the boardwalk and visit Lighthouse Park. Take in a festival or spend a day at the beach. We’ll prepare an itinerary for qualified journalists who want to visit Alberta’s favourite beach town.

Tourism Red Deer’s Media & Communications Team is here to help with all your editorial needs. For more information on this story, please contact:

Debbie Olsen, Media Relations Specialist
Ph: 403.391.2934 
Fax: 403.346.5081 
Liz Taylor, Executive Director
Tourism Red Deer
Ph: 403.346.0180
Fax: 403.346.5081
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