2011 Slave Lake Wildfire

Slave Lake is a small town with a population of 6,782 that is nested near the Boreal Forest, Alberta’s 6th largest Provincial Park, Canada’s northernmost bird observatory, Alberta’s easternmost foothills, and the most beautiful stretch of white sand beaches in Alberta, Canada. Coined “The Jewel of the North,” Slave Lake is located about two and half hours northwest of Edmonton at the southeastern edge of Lesser Slave Lake. This rural community is friendly and beautiful. 

On May 16, 2011, winds gusting to 100 km/hr drove a devastating fire into the community of Slave Lake, forcing a community-wide evacuation. Although there were no deaths or injuries, 40% of the town was destroyed including the town hall, library, main shopping mall, and 374 homes.

The powerful images and videos below tell the story of how Slave Lake Youth are Creating Disaster Recovery & Resilience.