Recent Article in Business in Edmonton Magazine April 2024 featuring Edmonton Lake Property!

Recent stats show that the close-to-Edmonton recreational property market – from west of Stony Plain to the Pembina River and from Lake Wabamun to Isle Lake and Lac Ste Anne – is somewhere between stable, strong and hot. 

Some reasons are pandemic and post-pandemic bumps of interest in being outdoors, the power of Wi-Fi and working from remote locations, inflation, the economy, benchmark prices and spiked mortgage rates, high demand and low supply. 

According to national trends and numbers in the late-2023 Royal LePage (RLP) Winter Recreational Property Report, 24 per cent of RLP experts reported a decline in buyer demand, mostly due to climate factors or environmental disasters after an unprecedented wildfire season. However, more than 40 per cent reported an increase in inventory, as a direct result of rising interest rates. 

Close to home, Edmonton recreational property specialists Charlene Anderson and Kelvin VanDasselaar at ReMax Edmonton Lake Property point out that, while hiked mortgage rates haven’t noticeably impacted Edmonton area recreational properties, some increasing prices, particularly for lakefront properties, can be attributed to the availability of modern, updated and new homes now on the market. 

The always-popular lake properties close to Edmonton include Alberta Beach, Wizard Lake, Buck Lake, Jackfish Lake, Lake Isle, Pigeon Lake, Skeleton Lake and Lake Wabamun. 

“It’s really not so much about mortgage rates and spiking prices when it comes to recreational properties,” Anderson explains. “In the Edmonton vicinity, we have been more affected by regional local weather. Last year we were especially impacted by the fires. While most of our areas were not directly burnt, we were affected by smoke, road closures and the general uncertainty of what would burn next. We were also affected by the fact that we did not have a lot of rain/snowfall and saw some of our lake levels drop significantly. Despite the challenges, the market tends to rebound quickly once uncertainties clear.” 

VanDasselaar notes that, while the recreational market is not dramatically changing either up or down, it may be shifting.  

“We aren’t seeing a huge increase in buyers coming to Lake Country,” he says, “but we’re noticing that it may no longer be as much of a seasonal business. Sales have definitely been brisk through the non-traditional recreational property market months, like November to April.” 

According to 2023 stats, Lake Wabamun had 12 lakefront sales at a median sales price of $954,000 and 13 off-lake sales with a median sales price of $325,000. Since the pandemic, the Lake Wabamun market has been consistent and steady. 

Last year, Lake Isle had 10 lakefront sales at a median sales price of $447,500 and 40 off-lake sales (seven raw land) with a median sales price of $209,000. Lac Ste. Anne had 13 lakefront sales at a median sale price of $545,000 and 47 off-lake (11 land sales) with a median sales price of $270,000. 

Tom Shearer, broker/owner of Edmonton’s Royal LePage Noralta Real Estate notes that waterfront property has particularly increased in value since 2019.  

“Pigeon Lake, for example, went from $603,963 to $620,099, likely due to brisk activity with a fair amount of turnover of more properties and some owners coming from places further away, like Calgary. 

“The trending shows that last year, two things may have slowed Edmonton’s recreational market. First, as COVID travel fears subsided, people felt more comfortable traveling overseas or further away. Also, increased values and higher mortgage rates pulled some buying power away from second homeowners.”  

From much experience, he adds that one of the biggest things holding recreational property sales back is the lack of overall supply.  

“There just isn’t that much that comes to the market or what gets turned over. In many popular recreational property areas, it could take years for the right property to come along.” 

The sales and listing stats and trends are testimonials to the continued popularity of recreational properties, for lifestyle as well as investment, although there seems to be a generational shift about how the trends may be shifting. 

Statistics Canada highlighted the fact that the Canadian population is changing, due to Baby Boomers getting older and immigration boosting numbers in the younger generations. The changes are translating into shifts in the labour market, services to seniors, the consumption of goods and services, as well as housing and investing in recreational properties.  

For the first time since the end of the Baby Boom, Baby Boomers—who were born between 1946 and 1965 – now make up less than a quarter of Canada’s population. In most aspects of Canadian life, it’s Gen X’s turn. 

Last year’s ReMax Cottage Trends Report showed that Gen X’s (43-58) are driving demand in 91 per cent of surveyed recreational property markets. More than 51 per cent of Canadians who owned recreational property were motivated by the chance to pass their real estate assets down to children or other family members. 

Some things never change. Seasoned Realtors and financial planners caution that a recreational property is a big responsibility, about mortgages, maintenance and extra taxes. They also emphasize that a recreational property is almost always an emotional purchase for family enjoyment, not investment value. 

Unlike primary properties and other investments, recreational properties should be considered as long-term investments. 

Realtors and financial advisors urge defining goals about recreational property investing. Will it be for personal and family relaxation? Or for rental revenue to cover costs?  

Overall, the recreational property market is known for its potential to appreciate in value over time. Anderson emphasizes that recreational properties usually offer solid returns for sellers and the market has shown steady growth since 2012, making it a reliable long-term investment option. 

As spring 2024 begins, what’s ahead for close-to-Edmonton recreational properties? Shearer foresees a strong market that will hold its value and cautions that the market may not see the same kind of activity as with Edmonton’s multi-family real estate. 

Anderson is optimistic that, “So far this year we have been busier than normal in comparison to years past, partially due to the mild winter and because lake sales are directly impacted by weather. It’s early but 2024 looks to be great, if not better than last year; although there is a possibility that we could be impacted by the low snow and rainfall causing more local fires.”  



Relaunch of ‘’

We're excited to announce the relaunch of the Edmonton Lake Property website. Since 2012, Edmonton Lake Property has led the industry in Lake Country, focusing on recreational properties west of Edmonton. This site is one of the only sites focussed exclusively on Recreational Properties west of Edmonton. With over 12 million hits its obvious that this market has the interest of buyers and sellers!

Fast forward to 2024! We've revamped our site to build on past success and to become the premier platform for promoting Lake Country listings and showcasing the unique lifestyle that exists just 60 minutes west of Edmonton.

Our new website is fully integrated with social media platforms and optimized for all devices, prioritizing user-friendliness. You can easily sign up from multiple platforms.

Key features of the site include:

  • Seller Quick Tips: A comprehensive online guide to help you prepare and sell your home in Lake Country. From mindset and pricing to handling offers and do's and don'ts, we've got you covered.

  • Buyer Quick Tips: Prepare for purchasing your dream property in Lake Country with our comprehensive online guide. From deposit considerations, to mortgage tips, and preparing offers, we provide essential insights.

  • Community Pages: Dive into life in Lake Country with in-depth looks at each area's unique features and local amenities.

  • Targeted Searches: Narrow down your search with targeted options by lake or property style.

  • Area Schools: Access links to school districts and schools serving Lake Country students conveniently.

  • Events Calendar: Stay informed about local festivals and events.

  • Community Directory: Explore a comprehensive list of local businesses operating in Lake Country.

  • Fishing Maps: Get the latest fishing information, including links to fishing license details and up-to-date regulations.

  • Rural Property Inspections: Gain insight and tips on purchasing rural property in Lake Country, covering various services and systems you'll encounter.

  • Social Media Updates: Stay connected with Edmonton Lake Property through our social media posts.

Experience the best of Lake Country living with Edmonton Lake Property's revamped website. What are you waiting for? Check us out at





Reflecting on 2023 and Looking Ahead to 2024: A Message from your Edmonton Lake Property Team

Reflecting on 2023 and Looking Ahead to 2024: A Message from your Edmonton Lake Property Team

As we bid farewell to 2023 and step into the promising horizon of 2024, we can't help but pause and express our heartfelt gratitude to all our valued clients and friends in Lake Country. The journey we've embarked on since 2012 has been nothing short of remarkable, and we are immensely proud to be part of such a vibrant and successful community.

With the turn of each new year comes a wave of anticipation and uncertainty. What lies ahead in 2024? Will we see fluctuations in interest rates? Are we bracing ourselves for another challenging fire season? How will inventory levels shape up, and what does it mean for buyers and sellers alike?

Amidst these questions swirling in our minds, one thing remains constant: our commitment to serving you, our community. At Edmonton Lake Property and Re/Max, we understand that navigating the real estate market can be daunting, especially in times of uncertainty. That's why we're here—to provide guidance, support, and expert advice every step of the way.

Our best advice? Give us a call! Whether you're contemplating buying, selling, or simply curious about the market trends, we're here to help. Sit down with us, and let's delve into the intricacies of the market, sharing insights and projections for 2024 based on our expertise and experience.

When you choose to work with Edmonton Lake Property and Re/Max, you're not just partnering with any real estate team—you're aligning yourself with the #1 Team and Brokerage in Lake Country. With our track record of excellence and dedication to client satisfaction, you can trust that you're in capable hands.

Ready to take the next step in your real estate journey? Visit us at to learn more about our services and listings. Better yet, pick up the phone and give Charlene at 780-242-1825 or Kelvin at 780-720-8342 a call to schedule a listing appointment or buyer consultation.

Remember, we're not just your real estate agents—we're your LOCAL Lake Country Specialists, committed to helping you achieve your real estate goals with confidence and peace of mind.

Here's to a prosperous and fulfilling 2024!


Discover the Magic of Edmonton's Lake Country

Discover the Magic of Edmonton's Lake Country

Welcome to the enchanting world of Edmonton lake country! Our journey spans the azure waters of Lake Wabamun, the tranquil settings of Lac St Anne, the scenic beauty of Lake Isle, the quaint charm of Jackfish and the peaceful vibe of Spring Lake. These are not just locations, but vibrant communities, each with its unique lifestyle and allure.

The only way to truly explore this lake country is to be mobile, and that's where we come in. We're always on the move in these areas, keeping our fingers on the pulse of the latest listings and sales. We're your local area experts, and we've been proudly serving this region since 2012.

Your Trusted Guides to Lake Living

Meet Charlene Anderson & Kelvin VanDasselaar your real estate tour guides and recreational property experts. With over 20 years of high-performance results in the Edmonton Real Estate industry, they bring an unparalleled depth of knowledge and experience to the table. They've lived the lake lifestyle and know first-hand how rewarding it can be. They're here to show you how lake or recreational living can enhance your life and your family's!

Lake Living: A Lifestyle Choice

When it comes to lake living, it's more than just real estate. It's a lifestyle choice. It's about celebrating life in a way you never thought possible. Imagine a life free from the constant buzz of the city, with clean air, quality friendships, and a chance to reconnect with nature. This isn't just an indulgence, it's a treat to the senses!

The Perks of Lake Living

The perks of lake living are manifold. From land and water recreation to quality time on your deck or a leisurely walk in your community, every moment is an enjoyable experience. And if you're an outdoor enthusiast with an RV or recreational vehicle, your lake property will only add to your lifestyle.

Recreational Options Abound

In Edmonton's lake communities, recreational options are never in short supply. Here are just a few of the activities you can enjoy:

- Golfing at no less than 7 quality courses

- Camping at picturesque campsites

- Dining at local restaurants

- Participating in vibrant festivals

- Shopping at Farmer’s Markets

- Boating on serene waters

- Fishing in both streams and lakes

- Snowmobiling in winter seasons

- Cross Country Skiing

Ready to Experience Lake Living?

Are you ready to discover what you've been missing? Embrace the lake living lifestyle and see the transformation in you. Lake living is more than a home, it's a lifestyle, and one that you and your family will surely love.

If you're curious about lake living and want to explore the possibilities, we'd love to hear from you. Simply give us a call at 780-991-5107 or fill out our Buyer Lifestyle Survey. Your journey to a new lifestyle begins here!


Your Lake Property Home
A lake property is not a static place. It is always changing, it changes with the season, it changes with every new item you bring into the home and every improvement you make. A lake property is truly an investment but not only in financial terms.

Owning a lake property improves the way we think of ourselves. A lake house is really a celebration of life. Your lake house can be a place of personal expression by creating an environment that is alive, helping you find the true you.

Sometimes when starting to think about a lake property there are many levels to enter the market.

We are enriched with knowledge and love for the area and you will find we are all ready to share from our own personal experiences.

Look for our new information Bulletin Boards on location at the following locations:
– Seba Beach – Derby General Store
– Wabamun – Rays Market
– Alberta Beach – Lakeside Market
– Darwell – Rac Trac Gas

We ask you while you are there take a minute to meet and support our local merchants!

Charlene Anderson & Kelvin VanDasselaar


woman working remotely

Advantages of Living Rural and Working Remotely

Many Canadians have migrated out of large cities and transitioned to remote work as their company has allowed. For some, this has allowed them to achieve their dream of living in rural and more remote parts of the country. There are many advantages to choosing a rural location when you have the freedom to work remotely:

  • Home prices are more affordable – With rising housing prices and interest rates, the dream of owning a home in the city is all but impossible for many Canadians. While rural home and acreage prices have also increased, they still are a far cry from prices in urban or suburban areas. The difference in price means a lower down payment, lower interest cost, and lower monthly payment, all adding up to more money in your pocket.
  • Reduced cost of living – The savings associated with country life don’t end with the initial property purchase. Many amenities like groceries and entertainment cost less in rural areas. Those accustomed to city prices will find that their salaries are able to stretch a bit further when they live out in the country.
  • Immerse yourself in nature – Even if you work remotely in the city, going outside just means dealing with streetlights and city traffic. In rural areas, you can relax on the porch with your coffee and laptop while enjoying glimpses of nature and wildlife and take advantage of the land to go hiking or raise animals during your downtime.
  • A stronger sense of local community – Since there are fewer inhabitants in rural areas, living in one gives you a chance to become part of a tight-knit community. There are also still opportunities to work outside your home in the town library or coffee shop if you desire.
  • The relaxed pace of life – Compared to navigating traffic to go into the office for eight hours a day, spending your day working from your rural home is much quieter and more peaceful. This makes rural living ideal for anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban centres.

Tips for Working Remotely in a Rural Area

Like any job, certain challenges come with working remotely, especially in a rural area. Use these tips to ensure that you use your work time effectively and have maximum downtime for rest and hobbies:

  • Invest in reliable internet that can keep up with your job – The most important thing you need to be able to work remotely in a rural area is reliable internet. Depending on how isolated your property is, it can be challenging to get an internet connection that can accommodate your career. Research your options and choose an internet plan with high enough upload and download speeds that your colleagues can count on you to get all your tasks done.
  • Make time to socialize with others – When you work remotely and live in a rural area, it can be easy to isolate yourself and fall into a pattern of never speaking to anyone. Left unchecked, loneliness from long-term remote work can impact your physical and mental health. Make sure that you are purposeful about communication, both with your colleagues and with your friends and family.
  • Schedule breaks and end on time – Taking short breaks is one of the most effective tips for working remotely. It lets you hit the restart button and return with renewed energy, focus, and creativity. It might seem like a waste of time and is easy to skip when no one is keeping tabs on you, but a break every once in a while is helpful.
  • Leave your work at work – It is a good thing for those who enjoy remote work that the world is becoming increasingly connected. However, it is more difficult to know when to log off and call it a day. Your brain requires rest to recharge and be able to perform at its best, and you don’t want to set the standard that you are available 24/7. Create set hours and stick to them as much as possible and enjoy your time away from the desk!

Less than an hour commute to the city.

Lake living offers many benefits for a richly rewarding life that includes outdoor water and land recreation

Rather than looking at lake living as another piece of real estate, think of it as a lifestyle choice.

Think of your life as an on-going celebration or a healthy indulgence. Celebration and indulgence are two words that typically don’t go together, but you will soon see your life will become a treat to the senses.

No more constant buzz of city life in the background, clean air and more quality friendships will become a part of your life. Reconnect with the stars at night. Those grandkids or grandparents will want to see you more than ever, and they will notice the change in you.

Between the land and water recreation available to you, activities, like sitting on the deck or going for a walk, will become an enjoyable experience. In most lake communities, you will find many recreational options within minutes of your home and, in many cases, within walking distance. If you have an RV or recreational vehicle, your lake property will only add to your lifestyle and with beautiful parks, trails and fishing options within easy reach.

Here are just a few of the recreational options open to you:

  • Golf course – no less than 7 quality courses
  • Campsites
  • Restaurants
  • Festivals
  • Farmer’s Markets
  • Boating
  • Both stream and lake fishing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Cross Country Skiing

Buyers look at vacant land as a great way to get started in Lake Country and at times have misconceptions about how they can use the property. This blog will outline the things you need to consider if you plan on purchasing vacant land for the purposes of putting an RV on it.

Lake Country is home too many listings featuring vacant land that vary in size and location. Many of these properties are located in rural subdivisions or Summer Villages and at first glance look like an affordable place to land an RV.

Vacant land may already have services on it like power, water supply, septic tanks, or out buildings.

So it begs the question can I simply buy a lot to put my RV on?

There are many considerations:

Restrictive Covenants: These documents are in place and supersede the local development permit application. Properties where restrictive covenants are in place set minimum standards for building size or appearance. These restrictive covenants cannot be removed from the title and remain in force regardless of when they were written. This can have a serious effect on your lot purchase.

Easements/Encroachments: A lot may have an easement or encroachment agreement on title. These agreements may allow for shared driveway access, or items that might be partially on municipal land or an adjoining property.

Utility Right of Ways: There are utility companies that may have to come on the property to service their product. A very common one is natural gas companies.

Summer Villages: Lake Country is home too many Summer Villages. These villages are a collection of properties that have adopted a set of bylaws and provide a variety of services (garbage removal, sewer services, road maintenance, etc) These Villages for the most part have bylaws in place that do not allow for RV’s to be placed on properties as a primary residence.

Water: You have to determine a source of water for your lot. You can drill a well or have a cistern. There are several new water supply depots in Lake Country that allow you to haul your own water to your property.

Septic: You will need to a system in place to remove sewage. You can install a tank or have septic services onsite. There are RV dump stations in the area as well.

Power: It is becoming much more difficult to get power permit for a lot that only will have an RV on it. An electrical permit is part of a complete development permit application. Other options are solar and batteries.

Natural Gas: Natural Gas is available for the most part at the property line and can be brought onto you lot for a cost. The alternative heat source is propane.

Accessibility: Most lots are accessible by using public roads, some properties are in gated communities, and others may have private access roads that would be part of the title with an easement agreement.

It’s not as simple as buying a piece of land and simply parking an RV on it. Buying property for this type of use requires a thorough investigation and understanding of the various areas and rules. Having a local expert familiar with the area is a great asset.

While this may seem like there are no options available there are RV friendly areas in Lake Country. Give us a shout at 780-991-5107 or contact us a


No one could have predicted the swift-moving market that the pandemic created. We’ve seen more sales, higher prices and many new buyers bringing Lake Country Into focus.

The frenzy was hugely emotional as many aspects of daily life was suddenly confined to our Properties. Space became a significant aspect, and lake property hit a high note. Most of us wanted to gather some semblance of everyday life. Now fuel market with low-interest rates and increased inventory, we found ourselves setting records. At Lake Wabamun, we had a record sale of $1,730.00 million, 2 million higher than the previous record, $705,000 at Lake Isle and 1,3 million at Lac Ste Anne. All Records, note Wabamun and Lake Isle were ELP listings.

The bad news is in the last 30 days, we’ve seen property sales drop by ½ since they opened up the Province. Now people are waking up to the reality of real life and having to go back to the office or, in many cases, find a new career.

The bright side of our journey is homeowners now have higher equity and could withstand a price drop. For home buyers, interest rates are still low, and inventory is increasing. This opens up many opportunities for lake buyers that would not have been possible a month ago.
Our staff at Edmonton Lake Property are on top of these changes. They are aware of many pocket listings as well as the stocked MLS offering many buying opportunities.



A lake home is not a static place; it is constantly changing. Life goes on, moods change from season to season. Your lake home can be about celebrating that change. I see lake homes every day, and for some, it can be a place of personal expression; for others, it is an amusement park of activity.

No matter what your purpose, the lake home creates an environment that is alive, full of thought and beauty that can enrich not only the owners but also their friends and family.

Each one of the four seasons can bring a season of change and expression. When the summer sun gives into the autumn chills allow for memories from the summer and the fun that was had by you and anyone you shared your environment with.

The winter brings about a whole new season of activity. Believe me, there are many. Once winter gives way to the spring sun, anticipation and dreaming of another beautiful summer take hold. Driving around the lake in the spring, I can see new construction, add-on, a new toy in the driveway. Lake residents looking to share stories of past summers and the coming season.

For us in real estate, it is about new dreams into our area, the buyers looking to build a better life for their families. For some of us, it is time to move on and let a new generation move in. I can tell you we all stay too long at the party, many of us for health and other reasons should have made the move years ago, but for many, we hang on.

Spring brings a new rush of buyers and sellers ready to let go. The Edmonton Lake Property team is here to help. Feel free to discuss your buying dreams, and for those moving on, we do free evaluations, and we’ve been even known to provide a bit of comfort.

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