Lighthouses of Canada: Alberta

Canada's prairie province of Alberta has no officially maintained lighthouses. The province does have many lakes and reservoirs. Even though they are unofficial, the Directory lists lighthouses if they stand beside navigable water, have some plausible navigational value, and are active during the local boating season. The community of Sylvan Lake has such a lighthouse.

#Sylvan Lake (1)
1988. Demolished in 2012. Approx. 20 m (66 ft) octagonal wood tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; the gallery and lantern roof were red. A closeup photo is available, Wikimedia has Kor Nielsen's closeup photo, and Google has a distant 2009 street view. In August 2012 it was announced that the privately-owned lighthouse would be removed to make way for new development, and it was toppled on 18 October 2012. The lighthouse was located at the Sylvan Lake Marina, at the southeast end of Sylvan Lake about 20 km (13 mi) west of Red Deer.
Sylvan Lake (2)
2016. Active (?); white light, characteristic unknown. Approx. 15 m (49 ft) octagonal wood tower with lantern and gallery. Tower painted white, lantern red. A photo is at right, Jim Tudor has a photo, and Google has a street view; Google's satellite view shows the octagonal foundation of the not-yet-built lighthouse. The Sylvan Lake Lighthouse Project coordinated efforts to design and build a replacement lighthouse. The construction contract was awarded in late September 2015 and the lighthouse was inaugurated on Canada Day (July 1) in 2016. The new lighthouse is on the downtown waterfront east of the marina in Sylvan Lake. Site open, tower closed. Owner/site manager: Town of Sylvan Lake (Rotary Lighthouse Park).
* [Pratt's Landing]
2013. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); flashing white light. 4 m (13 ft) octagonal wood lighthouse with a small lantern. Lighthouse painted white, lantern blue. The lighthouse is too new to appear in Google's satellite view. The solar-powered lighthouse guides boaters on their return to the Pratt's Landing Campground, on the Peace River west of Fairview in northern Alberta. Site open, tower closed.

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Notable faux lighthouses:

Sylvan Lake Light, Sylvan Lake, May 2017
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Government of Alberta

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Posted November 25, 2007. Checked and revised September 14, 2019. Lighthouses: 2. Site copyright 2019 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.