Sylvan Lake & District Archives

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5012 - 48 Avenue, Sylvan Lake, Alberta T4S 1G6, Canada
Sylvan Lake & District Archives
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Sylvan Lake & District Archives

5012 - 48 Avenue, Sylvan Lake, Alberta T4S 1G6, Canada



Preserving the History of Sylvan Lake

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  • browse our photograph & print material collection
  • historical calendars for sale
  • open houses
  • annual general meeting April
  • special displays throughout the year

Preserving the past - for future generations


Sylvan Lake, previously known as Methy, Swan, and even Snake Lake, has a unique history.

Early settlers were French speaking, from Quebec and the United States.

Summer visitors arrived almost the same time as these early settlers, and have been an important part of the community ever since. Building and purchasing cabins, visitors would bring their families to the lake in the summer - often commuting to Red Deer for work during the week. Regattas, seasonal businesses, boarding houses, lodges, and most famously, dance halls all sprang up as the visitor population increased.

Those first homesteaders quickly recognized the beauty of the lake, and the surrounding landscapes, and petitioned to have "Snake Lake" renamed to something more appealing - Sylvan, meaning "wooded", was chosen.

In 1913, Sylvan Lake became a village. The village status remained until 1946, when a population of approximately 900, warranted a "town" status.

Sylvan Lake and District Archives Society

A part time office manager and a team of dedicated volunteers collect and preserve the history of Sylvan Lake and area.

Help the Sylvan Lake and District Archives Society

Do you have authentic historical items related to Sylvan Lake? Do you have old school class photos, or pictures of school activities to add to our collection of Sylvan Lake's school-related past? Contact us.

Open to the public
Tuesdays and Thursdays
12:00 PM (noon) to 4:00 PM



Additional information


Closed today
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed


5012 - 48 Avenue, Sylvan Lake, Alberta T4S 1G6, Canada
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