Serenity Sunday: Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada


In 2016 wildfires forced the evacuation of this city where I live. We were so blessed to spend the month of evacuation in the town of Sylvan lake, a small town located at the halfway point between Calgary and Edmonton. I hope you enjoy these photos from our stay there.

From sunrise to sunset the lake is a beautiful place to be
Is there anything more serene than time spent at (or on) the water?
The marina at Sylvan Lake
Beautiful paths along the shoreline
Stairs provided from street level to the the beach
Downtown Sylvan Lake
resting places are provided
A boat at anchor on Sylvan Lake
We spent many hours walking along the shore and I often had my camera in hand
Tranquility
These benches provide a wonderful view of the lake

We lived with many unknowns during the evacuation. It was stressful in many ways, but being able to walk the shores of Sylvan Lake and experiencing the kindnesses of the people of this small town helped tremendously. I hope that these photos lend themselves well to creating a small bit of serenity to your day. Be well. Be blessed. Be safe.

Our refuge & delight: Sylvan Lake, AB


“Breathing air is a liberating experience. It freed our ancestors from the constraints of staying wet or having to remain within easy reach of water for refuge, respiration, or reproduction. But the biggest change it made in our lives was to expose us to a whole new range of sensory experience.” – Lyall Watson –

Sylvan Lake became our refuge and our sanctuary when we were evacuated from Fort McMurray in May because of the wildfires. It is a beautiful, peaceful spot and I felt like I had landed in a little piece of heaven.  Originally from Newfoundland, I am drawn to water, having spent my formative years living in a coastal community which overlooked the ocean. Walking the sidewalks that curved along the beach was restorative and glorious food for my soul.  Though not the ocean, the lake was wide enough and deep enough to satisfy my need to be near water. I was able to fill my lungs with pure sweet air, listen to the sounds of waves lapping against the beach, and gaze upon the lake’s ever changing beauty. Although I missed the scent of briny air the lake filled up my senses and soothed my spirit. And more than just the beautiful scenery can be had in Sylvan Lake, for the people there are kind, friendly, and compassionate. I will long remember our stay there with fondness and joy.