Videos

Have a n-ICE day!


How do the staff at Lake Sundance profile the ice quality and check for hazards? With the ice constantly changing, here is a look at what we are doing so you can enjoy your favorite activities at the lake.


Chapters:

0:00 Introduction

0:27 Our Certifications

0:49 Profiling Tools

1:33 Ice depth needed for Foot traffic

1:47 Ice depth needed for Light equipment

2:06 Ice depth needed for Heavy equipment

2:30 weather report

2:47 Identifying hazards in the ice

3:45 Giraffe, lizard, pandas

3:55 Recap

We'll be chillin in the Gazebo, Gazebo!


We have something new to show you on the skating rink. It enhances the warmth from the firepit and offers seating and shelter all year. We invite you to see how it all came together in this video of the construction.


We still get to enjoy the Gazebo right away. To ensure the skating season is not delayed though we are switching to making ice for right now. More finishing touches to the Gazebo project will be added in the spring such as fresh rockwork and permanent benches.


See you at the Lake!

Christmas and Holiday Lights 2021


Preparations start in AUGUST and here is a look at what goes on behind the scenes for these lights to sparkle and shine in time for you to enjoy them December 1 to late January.

Before you visit be sure to check the park hours. In the early season hours are reduced due to unsafe lake ice conditions but are extended when the upper rink opens for skating.

See you at the Lake!

Waterfront Renovation - Phase 3


There is lots to see from Phase 3!

This video shows the work from the behind the scenes of the docks, bollards and pergolas being installed, the front of the sitting wall being clad and the new asphalt pad being installed.

Due to the Global Supply Chain crisis the material needed to complete the sitting wall did not arrive in time for us to open the wharf this year. The work area has been winterized and will remain closed until the material arrives and it is warm enough for us to finish the sitting wall and open the area for use.

Thanks for watching and see you at the lake!

1200 Rainbow Trout from where?


1200 Rainbow Trout arrived in Lake Sundance this week. On average the fish are around 2 pounds each, but this season we even added a couple of super-big ones for fun. How big? BIG.

How do 1200 trout make a 2 hour highway trip from Red Deer to Southeast Calgary? See how we do it in this behind the scenes video from our latest stocking of the lake with rainbow trout.

Next fish stocking is planned for the Spring 2022 (April-ish).

What are the lights on the water?


During the fall and spring migration we see THOUSANDS of Canada geese visiting Lake Sundance. Sadly, that is just too much of a good thing. That many Canada Geese have had a negative impact on the park and to human health and safety.

This year we are trying out a goose deterrent system. It is a temporary installation of flashing lights intended to specifically target the field of vision of the Canada geese. The Canada geese see these lights as predators eyes and don't linger at the lake as a result.

The intention is to deter enough geese that large amounts of goose feces does not compromise the shore and water. For example goose poop can lead to high levels of E.coli or algal blooms in the water. We are also aiming for less poop in the ice for skating and hockey.

If the lights work, the system will be back out in the spring to deter the number of nesting geese. Improving the cleanliness of the water and human safety on the beach for our Summer season too.


Waterfront Renovation - Phase 2


Concrete is a major component of this project and it's finally in!

Since we are located by a lake, take a look at what's inside our concrete that makes it different than other concrete pours and how it was done.

We have new access to the wharf to make it more welcoming for everyone to enjoy the bigger area at the waterfront boat launch.


Waterfront Renovation Update

Join us behind the scenes in this information video as we recap the progress on our Waterfront Renovation. In this first of three videos, we explain the overall design concept, show the foundation and footings being put in, and the removal of the old docks.


Lake Aeration Project

The installation of an aeration system in the lake is now complete and operating. There are 20 aeration heads set at about 22 feet bubbling air thru the water. The benefits of aeration are anticipated to be a reduction in the weeds and algae in the lake and the chemicals needed to control them. Faster, thicker and more even-freezing of the ice in the winter. Faster break up of the ice in the Spring time, and a healthier fish population. The system runs seasonally and on timers so we can monitor and adjust the system as needed.

Details on the equipment and other fun facts can be found in this information video.