This weekend we crossed another item off of our summer bucket list, and explored Devonshire Beach at Slave Lake. Though the sand sculpture competition was cancelled due to weather, and we got out of town a little later than expected, the three hour car ride was well worth the trip because we saw roadside llamas on the way there and it was proclaimed to be the best beach ever this summer by Olivia.
At just over three hours away, it was a bit of a trainwreck on the way home. I’m admittedly terrible at car trips and around hour two and a half the shrieking, throwing things at each other and whining about being in the car, after twenty minutes of sitting waiting for paving crews to give the go-ahead I was contemplating how being stabbed in the eye would be better than sitting in the car right now.
Then I was reminded by big yawns and my still sandy feet and kept it together (almost) as I cringed a bit remembering the nine hour trip we’re taking in September (and, how adorable these two are when they’re sleeping).
Devonshire Beach Slave Lake
Maybe it’s the weather, or the fact that it’s a large natural beach but the beach wasn’t busy when we showed up for our second day to spend at Devonshire Beach (and it was sunnier than the day before). I counted about 25 families enjoying the day, and there was lots of space between everyone at the beach. The beach is kid friendly, with sandy bottom (no shoes needed!) and shallow for Olivia and Violet to play until at least 50 feet out. It’s shallow for the kids and on the warm day, there were very few waves except for the wake from the boats and jetskis.
Easily our new favorite beach you can choose to stay overnight because of the trek. We got a suite at the Super 8 for $114. Nothing fancy, but it was easier than camping (you can do that at Marten River Campground) and there was a waterslide and pool. Skip the breakfast foods at the included in continental breakfast, and grab some yogurt, cereal and bagels on the go.
Exploring is something we do best when we’re on vacation, so while we were there we found the playground at the school, an airport with some awesome planes to look at from afar, and the chance to keep your eyes on the air space above to watch out for planes and helicopters taking off.
We drove past the golf course, down the dirt road and discovered a place called Whispering Sands. We parked on one of the sections off of the main road and ventured down the beach where we spent a windy evening throwing driftwood back into the water, and exploring the beach. It was beautiful, and barely anyone was around but be weary, there were tiny bugs everywhere. Apparently, there’s an interpretive trail close by. Note: this is not the main beach, we went off the beaten path to explore.
If you’re finished at the beach, there are trails around the Lesser Slave Lake provincial park, around Devonshire Beach, we didn’t have the chance to check them out, but they’re on our list for the next time around. Tip: bring insect repellent.
A successful weekend at the beach, we discovered a new favorite and learned that we could make the trip in under three hours – making it nearly feasible for a day trip if we left early enough (and were organized enough in the day). It’s simple though, Devonshire Beach is one of our new favorites.
Getting to Slave Lake – Slave Lake is accessible from Edmonton via Hwy 44 and Hwy 2.