People & Places - Slave Lake AB
SLAVE LAKE, ALBERTA
From a historic fur trading hub to a current nexus of energy and resource extraction, Slave Lake has always depended on a proximity to wilderness for its livelihood. WIth a population of approximately 6,782 tough and friendly people, the town of Slave Lake welcomed us with open arms, an extra layer of clothes and a fine introduction to the voodoo-ladened world of fishing the 'hard-water'.
There aren’t many people who have found exactly what they love to do and then make a living out of it. Ray has it figured out. He’s one of the few year-round fishing guides in Northern Alberta and he knows the vast terrain and its secrets like the dashboard of his pick-up. You can hook up with Ray at Reel Angling Adventures.
There is likely only one sous-vide machine in Slave Lake, Alberta and it belongs to Tony Geisbrecht. He is a veteran of restaurant kitchens in Western Canada, but has ventured back to his hometown to be closer to family and to support his, and his wife’s, entrepreneurial spirit. (Psst..Tony, how about opening a restaurant?)
Roland family were some of the earliest European settlers in the Slave Lake area (there is even a street named after them!) and the house we stayed in was one of the homestead sites. If you’re able to visit don’t miss the museum adjacent to the lodge - it’s outstanding. Get in touch with Roland through North Shore Homestead.
SLAVE LAKE FIRST NATIONS FRIENDSHIP CENTRE
If you want to get the low-down on what’s happening in Slave Lake be sure to drop in to the First Nations Friendship Centre.
As you’d expect, you’ll be welcomed with open arms and, if you’re lucky, you will have timed your visit to coincide with a fresh batch of bannock from the kitchen or their annual Talent Show.
LOU LOU's PIZZA AND PUB
Robin Leveille, one of our camera men, is a poutine aficionado. We ate our fair share of poutine at Lou Lou’s in Slave Lake and Robin agrees that it is ‘the real deal’.