Work held up by wet conditions
Never mind how wet it is, or how much beach there isn’t. People want to camp and if you build it, they will come. That’s the message Big Fish Bay Resort at Slave Lake has been getting, loud and clear.
“If we had those 130 (additional) sites,” says owner Willie Driedger, “they would have been filled.”
That’s the 130 ‘Phase II” campsites in Big Fish Bay’s ambitious expansion plans. Construction on those was supposed to have been well advanced by now, but the first half of the summer was so wet, and the water table so high, not much got done.
“We’re just starting,” says Driedger. “We walked the site today. It’s drying out.”
Big Fish has 207 sites available at the moment, plus 18 cabins. Even on a Tuesday, when we visited last week, the place looked to be pretty busy, with the majority of sites occupied.
The beach, such as it is, was packed with people and somebody was windsurfing out in the moderate breeze, framed by Dog Island and Marten Mountain in the background.
Big Fish Bay has big plans, as we’ve reported more than once. The concept map shows a resort with upwards of 500 camp spots, plus a marina.
Asked about the status of the marina project, Driedger says it’s on hold for the time being, while they focus on the 130-site expansion.
“Then we’re going to really focus on the marina,” he says.