Want to explore some of the best beaches that Alberta has to offer? Devonshire Beach in Lesser Slave Lake ranks near the top and hosts an annual open sand sculpture competition, creating fantastic sand sculptures, live music, and beach volleyball.
On July 26, Teams of 8 work together to sculpt a structure based on the year’s theme, and you can enjoy a full day of activities. What better time to check out the beach than in the midst of fantastic sand sculptures. If you’re not heading out to enjoy the sand sculpting contest, it would be another great beach to add to your list of places to go in Edmonton this summer.
Devonshire Beach is located about 2.5 hours from Edmonton, it’s best suited to an overnight trip if you’re not a hardcore day tripper. The beach is 1.5 km-long natural and groomed beach; there is day use parking; although the beach access road is closed during winter months, the day use area and trails are open year-round.
The beach is great for kids, say organizers of the competition: “The beach is pretty awesome, probably one of the best lake beaches that I have ever been to. It’s really sandy and really long, the beach just goes on and on,” explains Morrison, talking about Devonshire Beach, which plays host to the event. “The lake is also great for families because the water is very shallow. Kids will have to walk out really far to get in water over their heads,” suggests Morrison.
I can’t wait to check this great beach in Alberta off of our summer bucket list!
photo credit: rob irwin