A time to remember: 2023 Remembrance Day ceremonies planned across the region

Roland Michener students place Remembrance Day crosses along Main street in Slave Lake. Every year, November 11th marks the day when we recognize and thank the 2,300,000 Canadians who have served in the military throughout our history and the more than 118,000 who died defending the values and freedoms that make our country great. Today, […]

Driving Safely in Winter

Like all lumber operations, a big part of our business is working outdoors. When the sun is out and there is no snow, it’s easier. Then winter arrives, the first snowfall, and working outside in sub-zero temperatures with icy conditions pose some real challenges. The key to handling the extreme weather change really comes down […]

Fall a time to say goodbye to summer and welcome new beginnings

 For many of us, fall can be a bittersweet time. On the one hand, the days are getting shorter and the first frost is almost here — if it hasn’t already arrived — but then it’s also when students start back to school and life takes on more of a steady routine. Fall is also […]

Come and join the Vanderwell team!

For decades  Alberta has attracted people from across Canada and the world to live and work here. Our resource sector and a welcoming, “can-do” attitude has made it the right place to find the right job. At Vanderwell, we’re always looking for people to join us and take on good, quality positions. A look at […]

Mental health services to help you during this difficult time

Wildfires in Alberta are always a real possibility in spring, once the temperatures rise and the snow melts, yet no one expected what’s happening throughout our province so early in the season — 72 active wildfires as of May 23 and a total of 520 wildfires since the beginning of the year. The wildfires and […]

We can all help reduce wildfires

Wildfire season in Alberta may run from March 1 to October 31, but historically all of our major wildfires have happened in spring. With the arrival of spring and drier, warmer weather, the risk of wildfires increases, something we’re well aware of in the Slave Lake area. The fire that swept through the town of […]

As spring arrives, fire and driver safety more important than ever

We love spring. The warmer temperatures and melting snow give us hope that summer is almost here. Yet that nice weather also presents its own challenges, something we all need to be aware of and consider when enjoying the outdoors. Be Fire Smart From March 1 to October 31, fire permits are required for any […]

February Is a Perfect Time to Connect with Family and Friends

You might say that in the Slave Lake region, not only do we have Family Day on February 20 this year, but we also have Family (and Friend) Month. February may be the second-coldest month of the winter in the Slave Lake area (you guessed it, January holds top spot,) but it is also the […]

A New Year Focused on Growth and Success

The forestry industry has impacted Alberta’s growth and success for over 100 years, and that influence continues today. Last year, the industry’s Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) released a study – the Economic Impact Report, that revealed our industry alone generates $13.6 billion in provincial economic activity and another $2.7 billion in labour income. Additionally, […]