"Markerville - Interesting area near Sylvan Lake" Sylvan Lake by Bwana_Brown

Sylvan Lake Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 37 photos

The decision by my youngest daughter and her husband to sell their house in Red Deer, Alberta in order to move to the countryside and build a new house near the tiny hamlet of Markerville brought me to the Sylvan Lake area to give them a hand in both November and December, 2007.

Markerville itself is a tiny but picturesque hamlet situated on the small Medicine River. This 15-ft (4.6-m) tall monument in the centre of the cluster of buildings caught my attention as I slowly drove through one day. The steel Cream Can/Wheat Sheaf memorial was designed and made by a local firm (Freedom Fabricating) in 1988 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Icelandic settlers here. It acknowledges the very important creamery they established along with the significance of the local grain harvests that also followed their arrival.

This page gives my impressions of this picturesque area with brief descriptions of some of its attractions. However, since my main chores involved building a house, I did not have a lot of extra time for extensive sightseeing!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Enjoyable countryside, still lots of wild animals around
  • Cons:Everywhere in Alberta is expensive to live in due to the booming economy
  • In a nutshell:There is a lot to be seen along the back roads if you take your time!
  • Last visit to Sylvan Lake: Feb 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Wonderful descriptions of landscape, wildlife, and other sights. You are quite a "jack of all trades" -- builder, cook, engineer and traveler extraordinaire!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2009 at 10:55 PM

    Ah, yes, I am sure you have fun to take care of house and animals until they are all back. So it will also be a house anniversary in addition to Christmas and the safe arrival of your new grandson :-))

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    I had never the opportunity to try snowmobil! That must be fun! I ignored that Iceland had given significant number of immigrants to Canada. Great photos of house building!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Another fabulous page about the beauty and the wildlife of the Canadian landscape.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Sounds nice to live so close to nature. Your daughter and her husband have chosen a great location!

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2008 at 3:18 AM

    An enjoyable vignette of life in rural Canada, Glenn. I can fully identify with the house-building exercise, though that is far more ambitious than our efforts - congratulations to the builders! :))

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    That's a great story of Stephan G. Stephansson and his writing success (six volumes in Icelandic, no less), especially since the proceeds continue to support the Markerville Creamery tourist site.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2008 at 8:08 AM

    Nice page about this picturesque area. Building a house evidently is more important than sightseeing! Ha-Ha! Interesting to know about icelandic immigrants. Thanks Glenn for the virtual tour!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Guess I should be glad I don't live in a place where it is cold enough to drive out onto the lakes :-) Although this past weekend, it sure felt cold enough...

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2008 at 3:34 AM

    The area sounds really interesting and remote - I especially liked the tips on wildlife. And the house looks fabulous.


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