Winter Fun at SLR: 5 Ways to Embrace the Season

 Happy New Year, everyone!

Hopefully you were able to enjoy some down time during the holidays and are feeling refreshed and ready to jump into 2018. We have so many exciting things on the horizon this year, and can’t wait to share new home designs and properties for sale in the coming months.

But first, we wanted to dive into a topic that is a big part of life for 4-5 months of the year at Spring Lake Ranch: Winter activities. When the first snow arrived, we shared a post on instagram that sums up our philosophy on the snowy season: Embrace it!

Living in the countryside makes it easier to have this perspective, as the serenity and beauty of our surroundings makes for an actual winter wonderland.

That’s not to say that we don’t look forward to warmer temperatures by the time spring rolls around, but while winter is here, our residents make the most of it! We LOVE having nature on our doorstep, and winter provides an opportunity to do so many fun outdoor activities right here in the community.

For kids, the biggest hit is…

SLEDDING

The contoured landscape of SLR offers hilly spots to launch a sled and glide on down. No matter how many times your kids have bundled up and headed out for a day of sledding, the glee on their faces as the sled picks up speed and they soar across the snow is priceless. 

Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

The stillness and calm found in the nature surrounding Spring Lake Ranch in winter is incredibly peaceful. By strapping on snowshoes or skis and spending a quiet hour among the trees, you will feel rejuvenated. Bonus: it’s a great way to get some cardio exercise too! The lush green of summer is replaced with branches cloaked in snow, and the sunlight casts beautiful patterns across the ravine. As you can see, even our furry residents enjoy these winter adventures!

Ice Fishing

For those who love to fish, being in Alberta means you do it through a thick pane of ice for many months of the year. Bundled up in warm layers, hot cocoa in one hand, a fishing rod in the other and staring down the auger hole in hopes of a nibble. The patience. The calm. The quiet. And then the feeling of hooking something large on your line and reeling it in!

Did you know that Spring Lake is stocked with rainbow trout? So even in winter, you can hang out on the lake and fish for your dinner — just steps from your door.

Ice Skating 

A couple minutes away in The Village of Spring Lake, residents have access to the outdoor skating rink. This is a great spot to teach your kids how to skate and connect with other members of the Spring Lake Community. Many kids have laced up their first skates here, and adults continue to practice their skills! The rink has lights on until 10pm each day and a heated area to put on gear or warm up on a chilly day.

Folks in the community often gather for a game of shinny hockey, which as you can see is an excellent sunset activity.

In exciting news, The Village of Spring Lake has received funding to build a brand new rink this year. This is due to a new intersection that was built in 2017 and improvements to the municipal area. The new rink will be full size and include a new warming area. We look forward to seeing SLR residents continue to enjoy this wonderful pastime so close to home!

We welcome you to visit SLR and take in the peace and beauty of winter. We are currently booking viewings of two gorgeous homes: The Meadowview and The Lakewood. After your tour, you can even borrow snowshoes from our team (or bring your own) and head out to the trails! It’s a fantastic way to experience the community — and we’ll have hot cocoa waiting when you’re done. 🙂

If you’d like to book a home tour or have any questions, please contact Sarah Corker at 780.288.9767 or scorker@springlakeranch.ca. We look forward to connecting with you!

Meet the Residents of SLR! (Here’s What They Say…)

At Spring Lake Ranch we pride ourselves not only on our homes, but on the wonderful residents who live in them. They make the community such a special place to live! Here, they share what brought them to Spring Lake Ranch, what they love about their homes, and some of their favourite highlights of the community.
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Hugh and Stephanie A, Owners of The HAWKSWOOD:

HughandStephanieAHW Kitchen“We are in LOVE with our house!  It is extremely functional for our family. We love the open concept layout, the beautiful view of the lake and forest, the walkout basement with the Jack & Jill bathroom connecting the two bedrooms, the large island in the kitchen and the laundry room!  We’ve built twice and have never had such a positive experience. The Wilcor team has been extremely helpful through the whole process and has gone out of their way to make sure we are happy in our new home. They are truly amazing. 

We love that we are so close to nature (the trails and lakes) but still just steps away from a playground for our kids.  We have a large yard but also have neighbours close so we don’t feel isolated. It’s the best of both worlds.” 

Scott and Kerri J, Owners of a Custom Bungalow:

DSC_0990DSC_2819 DSC_0924Scott: “For several years, we wanted to find the right acreage property and we believed that the selection and discovery process would take years to complete. Not so! The beauty of Spring Lake revealed itself through the newly developed area at Spring Lake Ranch. Instantly, we fell in love with the west-coast designs of Wilcor Homes and the possibility of waking up to the pristine serenity of the lake. We were sold! Wilcor Homes simplified and personalized the process of creating our custom built home.

Kerri: “I fell in love with Spring Lake Ranch. I was already enamoured with the ranch-style homes, rolling hills, and beautiful views, and then when frogs jumped across my sons’ feet and an owl landed on a treetop, I was sold. We have looked at many other lakeside communities within 45 minutes of downtown Edmonton and none compare to the beauty and serenity of Spring lake Ranch. We had spoken to various builders in the area but it was very clear that with Wilcor we have people we truly like, who take pride in the homes they build, and who love the community. Our experience has exceeded our expectations.

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Meghan and Murray H, Owners of The LAKEWOOD:

DSC_0278“SLR was so appealing because of the close proximity to schools, strong sense of community, mix of young families in the area, outdoor activities available and the absolute beauty of the neighbourhood.

We love everything about our new home. From the oversized windows in the great room, to the forest at the back of our lot and the bright and inviting kitchen to the high ceilings throughout the home. The attention to detail and the quality of materials and craftsmanship made it a very easy decision to buy in SLR.

We were also impressed at the thought and detail that went into the layout of the community. Ensuring that each lot maximizes the beauty of the area, the addition of walking trails and leaving as much of the natural landscape as possible during construction are a few of the highlights. As residents that are moving from out of town, we are excited for our family to not only be moving to a new home, but to a vibrant new community.”

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Garnet + Darla D, Owners of The Meadow View:

photo 1“We knew we were wanting to move to the Spring Lake area, and had been looking at numerous houses. My wife thought, why not build and get all that we want. With Spring Lake Ranch being a new area, we took a closer look, and immediately knew this was the spot. Overall the best part has been the ease of dealings with Wilcor.”East Entrance in the fall

Kim and Mike N, Owners of The CEDARWOOD:

DSC_1900“Spring Lake Ranch offers an active lifestyle with quiet walks, skating, and a playground for the kids. We love our home’s vaulted ceiling and natural light. Living here makes us feel happy, at peace, and proud of our community.”A playground beckons next to the ravine traila glimpse of the house along Spring Lake Drive, the lots of Pelican Bay

Sam and Graham P, Owners of The Timber-frame Hybrid:

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“It doesn’t matter how busy the work day has been, arriving at Spring Lake Ranch triggers the ‘relax” button.  The community is friendly and offers privacy, fresh air and beautiful views. We love our home’s stone fireplace and exposed timbers. Living in a spacious, peaceful yet non-remote community is the ideal combination for us.

“The Wilcor team guided us through every step, translating our ideas into practical solutions that enabled our vision to come to life. They worked closely with us, listened to what we wanted, and created a fantastic design which we are really happy with. We’ve found our forever home.”DSC_0831

Chris and Angela G, Owners of The Lakeview:

DSC_2748“The first few days in our new home we quickly noticed how quiet it is at Spring Lake Ranch. We love how all we can see is the lake and beautiful trees out our windows. The play areas in the Village of Spring Lake are impressive and is a feature you would not find in other acreage developments. 

The walkout bungalow design is what we have always wanted and to get it with a lake view is a serious plus. The Lakeview design compliments the lot and enhances the view with the big windows.The curved stair case, stone fireplace and custom cabinetry are features that we could not find when looking at other builders homes. After searching in  Spruce Grove and Stony Plain we could not find a lot size that appealed to us. This lot size is perfect, big enough to run around in but not so big that the yard work will be overwhelming. We look forward to having campfires with friends and canoeing on the lake.”LOT 19

Noel and Erin C, Owners of The RIVERSTONE:

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“Driving out here we have the feeling of knowing this is where we belong. We have had this feeling since the first time we came to Spring Lake Ranch. The feeling of finding home. It’s like being on a vacation, surrounded by peacefulness, beautiful scenery and a house that is cozy and feels like home.Homeowners enjoy views of Loon Lake

Shawn and Michelle B, Owners of The JASPER:

IMG_0885“We were being transferred through our work to the Edmonton area from Sylvan Lake, Alberta. Close friends of ours already own a beautiful home in Spring Lake Ranch and suggested we take a look. We did and we fell in love with the community.

We loved the small lake town feel, like a secret gem. When we finally sold our home after nine long months, we knew exactly where we were headed. The Jasper floor plan is perfect for us and Wilcor hasn’t missed a detail or cut any corners. We can’t wait to start exploring the awesome outdoor trails and take our 3 boys fishing!”DCIM100GOPROG0070596.View more homes here and book your tour at 1.888.867.1055. Or visit during OPEN Hours, Saturdays, 12-5 pm. Find directions here.

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See you at Spring Lake Ranch!

Explore our BEAUTIFUL Walking Trails!

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For our residents, a huge highlight of living at Spring Lake Ranch is access to the outdoors. Fall is a particularly beautiful time of year, with the changing colours and clear, crisp air. We have two gorgeous Walking Trails that are each a 10-15 minute walk—perfect for a morning stroll with coffee in hand!

With more and more families moving to the community, it’s been wonderful to see so many kids exploring the trails. Slowing down to observe the different plant species and animal habitats helps them not only learn about the natural world, but grow up appreciating it.

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SATURDAY, Sept.19th, 12-4 pm: See 4 Homes + 12 Lots (For Sale!) at our BBQ HOME + LOT HOP!

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Loon Lake Homes Fall 2014

What You Can See + Do:

*Tour Homes. See 3 BEAUTIFUL Bungalows, 1 Two-storey + a Waterfront Design For Sale! Homes starting at $549,900.

*Explore Lots For Sale, Ravine + Lake Trails, + the stunning Lakeside Landscape. Lots starting at $169,800 + GST.

*Enjoy a BBQ with burgers, hot dogs + beverages at our new Showhome The LAKEWOOD.

*Meet the SLR team + Wilcor Homes. We will be on hand to welcome you, answer questions + discuss your Home Design options.

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