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Update: June 15, 2022 – There are three Indigenous Day events happing in the Slave Lake area – one on June 18, one on June 21, and one June 22. – See Indigenous Peoples Day section below for details.

We hear Spilak’s Tank Truck Service is celebrating 50 years in business in 2022. It’s a significant milestone for any business and perhaps more so for a company that has been such a success story from humble beginnings. It sounds like something worth a story to us, and chances are good you’ll be seeing one sometime in the next few weeks. Chances are also good, we’re told, of a Spilak’s float in the All-In event on the last weekend of August.


Congratulations are also in order for Jeff and Mary Burgar, the owners of the Lakeside Leader, for having been in the newspaper business for 50 years. They received special recognition on June 3 from the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association, getting their Gold Quill Award.

And sticking with the 50-year theme, The Leader is also 50 years old this year!

Leader owners, Jeff and Mary Burgar receive a Golden Quill for 50 years in the newspaper business.

A lot of people are probably wondering what is going to happen in the lot next to Lakeside Ford in Slave Lake, now that it’s been so nicely cleaned up and graveled. The plan is for the Ford dealership to use it to park its RV inventory. According to Chad Babiy of Lakeside Ford, it might not be filling up as soon as they thought it would, thanks to there being lots of space in the existing lot.

Chad also said they hauled a lot of trash out of the lot in the clean-up process, and not just of the wind-blown variety. There was plenty of steel and wood junk, some of it probably embedded in the ground.


Speaking of improvements to empty pieces of property, it turns out whoever owns that lot between AquaMax and the creek (the old golf course property) is actually going to plant a crop there. That’s what we hear from the Town of Slave Lake.


Correction: The June 8 Kid’s Talk had Grad 1 to 3 students from Smith School, not just Grade 1 as was printed.


Indigenous Peoples Day is Tuesday, June 21. There are at least two Indigenous People’s Day events in the area, but neither one are that day. There may be more, but these are the two which came to The Leader’s attention prior to the deadline for this paper.

June 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. Metis Nation of Alberta Region 5 is holding an Indigenous Peoples Day event in the MRC. It includes food, Métis music, and dancing. For more info, contact [email protected]

Added June 15 (June 21 from noon to 6 p.m. Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre is holding an Indigenous Day Celebration in Schurter Park. This includes free food, Treaty 8 Drummers and Singers, powwow dancers, Métis dancers, and a band called Double Standards.)

June 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. Canyon Creek Recreation Association is holding an event at the Canyon Creek Arena. This includes stew, bannock, and fun activities such as a jingle dancer and native crafts, while supplies last.
All three events are free.


Most Wednesdays in the summer starting at 6:30 p.m., the Slave Lake Area Cycling Krew (SLACKers) will be meeting at the Visitor Information Centre for a group bike ride. For more information, contact Garry Roth through Facebook.


June 11 and 12, the U13 Heat hosted some baseball games in Slave Lake. The Leader found out in time to take some photos, but not to announce it for the public. However, there will be another opportunity to watch minor ball in Slave Lake the weekend of June 25 to 26. The game times are to be announced, but once we know, we’ll update the event on the calendar on lakesideleader.com.


The Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library has reading programs for both kids and adults. People can pick up the pamphlets at the library, or come to the Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Party on June 25 from noon to 2:30 p.m. in Schurter Park.

A Bike Rodeo back in the 1980s or 1990s in Slave Lake, from The Leader archive.

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