For Lac Ste. Anne, Lake Wabamun, Isle Lake and the entire West Edmonton Lake community, late July is the dream month for sun, warmth, and easy afternoons.
But on the August long weekend, these lakeside properties transform into bustling hubs of festivities, each with their own special sense of how to celebrate the long weekend.
From August 2-4, the Village of Seba Beach fills up with families, watercraft and excitement for the Seba Beach Regatta. Here, locals from the nearby lakefront property homes gather to enjoy the races and watersports, made easy by the shallower waters of Lake Wabamun’s western shores. There are also land-based activities for families of all ages which include performances, an assortment of food and fireworks at dusk. It’s an event that is a summer highlight for both residents and visitors to Lake Wabamun.
It can come as a surprise for first-time visitors that the lakeside communities along Lake Wabamun and Lac Ste. Anne have the amenities that they do when it comes to hosting festivals. Although “summer village” is technically in the name of Seba Beach, people are delighted to see restaurants, general stores, sports amenities (like the driving range and golf resort) and even cultural facilities, like the museum. The Saturday Farmer’s Market is smaller-scale version for Edmonton’s established markets, but it brings welcome nourishment throughout the spring and summer.
You can find the Seba Beach Regatta only 45 minutes west of Edmonton on the Yellowhead Highway and south on Highway 31.
Another long-weekend event takes places on the southeast shores of Lac Ste. Anne on Alberta Beach. Polynesian Days, also know as ‘Polydays’ by locals, brings people from all over the Edmonton Lake Region. From August 1-4, Polydays brings scavenger hunters, parade-goers, beef lovers and tug-o-war fiends to surround the usual busyness that is Alberta Beach in the summer. Sponsored in part by the Alberta Beach and District Agricultural Society, Polydays offers activities (on land and water) that will appeal to all ages, whether you live on Lac Ste. Anne or you came for a visit.
Both of these communities host the two larger events over the long weekend, but throughout summer villages that surround Lac Ste. Anne, Lake Wabamun and Isle Lake, you can find other festivities happening, even out at the camping grounds. Keep your eyes out for me and the Edmonton Lake Property team at the Seba Beach and Alberta Beach parades and events. We’ll be handing out candy, so make sure you find us early enough so we don’t run out!
And if any of the Edmonton Lake communities you visit look like the right community for your or your family, I am happy to have a conversation with you about the benefits of buying an Edmonton Lake Property.