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NEWS Update:

MARCH 12TH, 2013

New Web Site Just Launched, 
click to view:  www.lakeforsale.com

6 NEW LOT SALES SINCE CONSTRUCTION WAS COMPLETED  AT THE START OF WINTER - PLUS OUR NEW ONSITE RED SKY PIER IS NOW INSTALLED  Our new pier system has been installed.  Now Red Sky lot owners can access the lake via our onsite pier in the new Phase 3.  We are now into our 2013 spring marketing push.  Advertising, events and tradeshows drive thousands of people to our website every month.  Many people pay a visit to our lakeside community for a good look around (there's fantastic fishing directly off our shore line if you want to come out for the day or the weekend). 

  • Fully Serviced Lake Lots for sale - for property investments, Cabins/Cottages, RV's and Lake homes - for Year Round Use.
  • Lakefront, Lakeview and Lakeside treed lots
  • Located next to the town of Joussard on the shores of mammoth Lesser Slave Lake - 45 minutes west of town of Slave Lake
  • Buried power, natural gas, water and sewer lines (no smelly septic tanks here)
  • New Children's playgrounds onsite
  • New Red Sky private pier for our lot owners to enjoy direct access to the lake
  • Neighbouring public marina in the friendly, lakefront town of Joussard
  • Variety of lot sizes and prices available - low interest rates currently available for a limited time
  • Shoreline features a diverse fish habitat for ultimate fishing year round along our shores
  • Sandy beach a few minutes ride away - walk or ride there
  • Pristine lake environment - unspoiled waters and shorelines
  • A couple of minutes to groceries, fishing supplies, gas, and more.
  • 20 minutes to major grocery store, restaurants, hotels etc in High Prairie
  • Utilities in Phase 3 are now completed
  • Lots have increased in price each of the last 5 years due to steady demand

Enjoy a complimentary lake lot for a weekend real estate discovery with our Free Camp and Try for serious, qualified buyers who want to get a feel for the community by spending a couple of nights camped with their RV on one of the unsold lots - email scott@albertasbiggestlake.com for booking details and requests.  NOTE: interested buyers may request a complimentary lake lot to camp at for 2 nights while they walk the land, meet other owners, meet with us, view some of the many cabins and cottages which have been built by Red Sky's own development team and take a walk through available new cottages and cabins for sale  -

Frequently Asked Questions

UPDATED  March 12th, 2013 - 76 fully serviced lake lots have been sold to-date.  We Pre-launched the new Red Sky Shores Phase 3 in mid 2010 as an encore to our successful Phase 2 (launched Summer of 2009). We have 37 lots in the new Phase 3 (minus all of lots that have just recently sold this past season), plus a fewlake front lots remaining for sale in Phase 2 and select lake view and lakeside lots available in Phases 1 and 2 (full town services are in place including town water and town sewer lines (no messy, smelly septic tanks here).  Phase 3 now has all of its buried power, gas, town water and town sewer lines installed.

NOTE:  there is no building commitment here at Red Sky - you don't have to build a log home or a cottage but you can if you wish - email us for more information - or download our brochure...

2)   Will you help us to get our lake lot ready for our enjoyment?

Yes, we’d love to help you with your lot and with any RV pad, cabin or cottage construction requirements should you be planning to build. Many of our lake lot owners already have grass and many more will be building their dreams throughout summer of 2011. We have all of the equipment at the ready to help you do landscaping, tree removal and grooming, as well as helping you to source building materials and labor - we have several years of history building lake homes and cottages here at Red Sky - come see what we've built, you will be glad you did...

3) Last time I was by your site it was under road and utility construction!  What are your timelines for peace and quiet?

UPDATED March 12th, 2013 - Road work and utility construction on the newly launched Phase 3 - including the planting of hundreds of additional trees to add to the thousands already here - IS NOW COMPLETE. Our underground power infrastructure is flowing with 100amp electric current to each lot in Phase 1 and Phase 2 and our newest phase, Phase 3...

4)  Where is the marina and do I get to use it? Might my boat be too big?

The Joussard Marina is our community neighbor and only a 2 minute's drive from Red Sky. Currently the marina has room for expansion and the hamlet of Joussard has recently been working on a new 5 year plan for the marina's future expansion. Boats of practically all sizes may be launched at Joussard, since it currently operates as a commercial fish harbour. It is easily able to accommodate large recreational boats...

5)  About the lakeshore, how close is it and what’s it like? 

We’ve already developed an off-shore sandy beach for our residents to enjoy. We have unearthed the softest, 'champagne' white sand for this beach. The lake levels in 2009 were below average, but a large snow pack last year in the Winter of 2011/2012 saw levels rise. Please make an appointment to visit us onsite - Call toll free at 1.888/310.5253...

The lakeshore in Joussard is diverse like many other areas on Lesser Slave Lake. If you look on our aerial advertising photos, you will see a point of land to the west of Red Sky. This peninsula combines with the curve of the shoreline through Joussard to protect the shoreline from storm activity. This allows fish friendly habitat to flourish on the sandy bottom. This makes the west basin some of the best fishing on the lake - directly off our shore. We have a common pathway between units 38 and 39 for all owners in Phase 1 to access the lakeshore (Phase 2 owners are waterfront lots). The roadways are now completed and storm drainage ditching is finished down the walk path to the lake. There is a landscaped inland beach area for picnics and fun in the sun lakeside. Phase 2 will soon also incorporate a multi-use sports court. Phase 3 has a Community Gazebo for a family get-together, as well , a new pier offering a boat dock for shoreline access. 

While Alberta Environment approves of inland beaches, shoreline habitat is protected so Lesser Slave Lake will remain pristine without hundreds of private docks and shoreline developments taking away the fish-spawning habitat. Applications can be made to build docks and boardwalks, and,  as mentioned, we have built private docks and a pier in Phase 3 for the benefit of all lot owners.

6)  Can I park my RV on my lake lot?

Absolutely!  With the high price of fuel, many of our buyers are doing just that this summer, and also preparing their lot for future building. Get it now, enjoy it forever…

7)  Are the lots meant for my RV?

Further to the question above; we have been asked about keeping an RV on site. Due to municipal zoning, there can be no more than 2 sleeping units on each lot (ie: 2 cabins or 2 RVs etc). Also, there are rules incorporated into the Condo Bylaws for Red Sky (managed by elected-Owners board) that prohibit additions, porches or patios to be attached to an RV. Red Sky Grove and the new Red Sky Shores are meant to be a cottage/cabin lot subdivision, rather than an RV park, however an RV may be used as accommodations during construction or until construction begins. Purchasing a lot in Red Sky for permanent RV usage is quite unlikely since the Joussard area already has many quality RV parks for seasonal usage. Red Sky is for the RV owner that is sick of loading their trailer, dumping sewer tanks, and being limited to a few months of usage. You, your family and friends can enjoy years of unforgettable holiday and vacation memories at your private getaway here at Red Sky upon Lesser Slave Lake.   Last year some of the best ice fishing on Lesser Slave Lake was directly off our shoreline.   Winter, spring, summer or fall you will have a warm, dry place to stay and easy access to a crystal clear, clean lake the size of an inland sea…

8)  It seems as though I’ve heard a lot about the Red Sky project lately.  Why?

Mostly, when you have a good thing, word of mouth tends to spread quickly.  We launched Red Sky Grove- Phase 1 - with a bang back in August of 2007.  We then launched Red Sky Shores - Phase 2 - in February 2009, and, most recently, we launched Red Sky Shores - Phase 3. We have met people from all over Alberta and BC at tradeshows, on site tours, and via our internet site. As our web name attests, it’s the biggest lake around for fishing, boating, and year round recreational property ownership. With radio and print ads, direct mail drops to every post office box near you, and displays at  many tradeshows, we’ve quickly made Red Sky and Joussard household names. This is translating into busy website traffic, email requests and toll-free phone inquiries to 1.888.310.5253.  We are doing our best to follow up with everyone who has made an inquiry by phone, or online, but please be patient as your inquiry will be answered in the order it was received…

9)  Custom cottages – can I design one or do I have to use Red Sky plans?

You can build a custom cottage of your own design or purchase a pre-fabricated cottage plan or a ready-to-move log cabin or cottage package.  We are happy to work with you, while we ensure that all cottages meet the developer’s basic architectural guidelines ie: There are certain height restrictions and building code requirements, as well as the setback and lot usage needs which have been established by the municipal districts’ zoning bylaws. Before any building permits will be issued by the municipality they will ask for written consent from the Red Sky Condo Association. This ensures that all development/construction proceeds with the interests of the whole community in mind. It keeps lake lot investments secure, and allows control over unwanted or unsightly developments. Since only new construction is allowed, you will not need to worry about eyesores down the street from your lake lot…Should you need a contractor, we have several years of history building cottages and lake homes all over our Red Sky community.

10)  Property tax, how much is it?

Each privately owned property is taxed individually based on an assessment by an independent consultant  for the MD. Your assessment compares your land to similar properties around the area and within the project. The vacant undeveloped lake lots in Red Sky are taxed between $450 and $600 (subject to change) depending on size and can go up after improvements are completed. The MD of Big Lakes has relatively low taxes due to a majority of its’ taxation requirements being borne by the industrial sector in this area. The MD of Big Lakes enjoys a stable blend of farming, forestry, and natural resource development. More can be learned on the MD of Big Lakes website or by contacting us directly at: 1.888.310.5253…

11)  Is there be an owners’ committee to oversee the bylaws of Red Sky in order to protect my rights as an owner?

Yes. This is a valuable protection for you as an owner, and is standard with any type of development of this nature. It is for the protection and benefit of all owners.  There is now an elected board of directors made up of owners, elected by the owners of Red Sky lake lots.  The Red Sky Condo Corporation already exists. All bylaws and guidelines are well laid out in the disclosure documents that are available at any time from the Red Sky marketing team, as well as from the developer, Red Sky Alberta Limited. There are processes for changing or adding regulations, as well as methods for enforcement of the same to protect the investment of your lake lot purchase in Red Sky Grove (Phase 1) and the new Red Sky Shores (Phases 2 & 3)…

12)  Can I buy two lots and use them both?

All of our lake lots are separately titled, therefore you will always own both lots as separate deeds. This has been proposed by a couple of our buyers, and it is very possible with the condition that no building may cross a property line from one of your lots to the other.…

13)  The site plan shows the road allowances. What are they?

The survey of all lands in the Dominion of Canada was completed in the 1800’s. The survey plan used a grid pattern with road allowances dividing lands into a patchwork of squares. This ensured no land would be inaccessible or unusable without trespass. The road allowances bordering our lands are the remnants of unused roadways. This will be a green space that will be shared with the neighboring owners of the adjacent lands on the other side of the road allowance…

14)  Will the services be installed to my property line or to the building perimeter (building envelope)?

All services have now been completed underground, and are run 5 meters onto your individual lake lot for ease of future tie in. Engineering drawings can be supplied for future planning, and all lake lots are staked and signed for ease of layout…

15)  What about landscaping?

Landscaping is completely encouraged. There are bylaws regarding logging and landscaping set out in the aforementioned disclosure documents. In order to maintain natural drainage, and storm runoff as studied by our engineers, no landscaping will be permitted that alters elevations of any lot. Also, no clearing of all vegetation will be allowed for construction or landscaping purposes without written permission. We intend to preserve the ‘Grove’ in Red Sky Grove. Please feel free to inquire about custom selective logging and mulching…

16)  Is there a building commitment? Can I simply buy just the lake lot for now?

There is no building commitment. You may choose to simply purchase a lake lot or lake front property without the need to build a cottage or cabin. However, once you do choose to begin construction, we require that all exterior construction be completed withiin 18 months of your start of construction date....

17)  Tell me more about the lake and its history…

Lesser Slave Lake is known as Alberta's fresh water ocean. It played an important role in the colourful history of the fur trade during the nineteenth century, and at present, it is the site of several excellent recreational facilities and one of Alberta's largest commercial fisheries. The lake is situated in very diverse countryside in the Municipal District of Big Lakes, about 300 km northwest of the city of Edmonton. Highway 2 from Edmonton runs along the southern shore and Highway 88 (formerly Highway 67) skirts the eastern shore. The drive along the southern shore from east to west is spectacular, as one passes through dense woodland and rolling hills, then flat, open prairie. The towns of High Prairie and Slave Lake are the major urban centres in the area....

Sir Alexander Mackenzie learned of Lesser Slave Lake in 1793. He recorded its existence in his journals, but never visited it. In 1799, David Thompson of the North West Company became the first white man to arrive on the shore of the lake. Thompson was responsible for construction of the first trading post in the area, at the junction of the Lesser Slave and Athabasca rivers. By 1802, this post had been relocated to the land that was occupied by the townsite of Slave Lake until 1935, after which the townsite was moved to its present location. The Hudson's Bay Company set up a post nearby in 1815 and both companies also established forts on Buffalo Bay at the present townsite of Grouard. The Lesser Slave Lake area was the scene of violent conflict between these rival companies prior to their merger in 1821. Both attempted to gain sole control of the lucrative fur supply, which was considered to be the richest in the whole of Rupert's Land. After the fur resources were depleted, Lesser Slave Lake remained important as a way station for traders and furs travelling to and from the northwest....

A new era began in the early 1900s with the formation of the Northern Transportation Company, which ran steamboats across the lake and provided easy access to the Peace Country. The steamboat Northern Light provided service from 1909 to 1915. When the railroad arrived in 1915, steamboats became obsolete. The Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway Company built a line north from Edmonton, west along the southern shore of Lesser Slave Lake, and then west to the Peace Country...

The town of Slave Lake was originally called Sawridge. Our hamlet, the town of Joussard was originally called Indianna, but was renamed for Bishop Joussard. Historically, the hamlet was an important centre for traders, explorers and settlers, a gathering place for Indians and Metis and the site of a Roman Catholic Mission. In 1987, the population of Joussard was 330 people, and it hasn't changed much since. Faust was once an important centre for the fishing and trapping industry. The main water and land routes for explorers, traders and settlers were located near the hamlet. Canyon Creek was established in the 1930s as a major mink ranching area, and commercial fishing to supply mink food soon became an important industry. A fish hatchery operated in the community between 1928 and 1944 raising lake whitefish, which were stocked in lakes throughout the province...

There are two provincial parks on Lesser Slave Lake. Both parks provide day-use services year-round and camping services from 1 May to Thanksgiving Day. Hilliard's Bay Provincial Park is located on the northwest shore, 13 km east of Grouard. It has 189 campsites, three group camping areas, sewage disposal facilities, tap water, playgrounds, interpretive programs, a boat launch, a beach and picnic facilities. Swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing are some of the activities enjoyed at the park. Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park is located on the northeast shore, 35 km north of the town of Slave Lake, off Highway 88. It has 113 campsites, two group camping areas, sewage disposal facilities, a playground, picnic facilities, a golf course, hiking trails, 5.5 km of sandy beaches and extensive sand dunes. During winter, cross-country skiing on groomed trails and snowshoeing are popular activities. There is no boat launch within the park, but two launches are available just north of the town of Slave Lake at an Alberta Environment day-use area at the weir on the Lesser Slave River. More launches are available in Canyon Creek and Faust on the south shore but we think Joussard's is the nicest...

There are several other recreational facilities on or near the lake. Spruce Point Park is administered by the Spruce Point Park Association. It is located on the south side of the lake about 2 km west and 9 km north of Kinuso. The park is open from May to September, and offers 126 campsites, group camping, pump water, sewage disposal facilities, groceries, a beach, a playground and a boat launch. Swimming, boating, fishing and hiking are popular pastimes there....

Lesser Slave Lake is managed for sport, commercial and domestic fisheries. The sport fishery for walleye and northern pike became increasingly popular during the 1990 until today. A popular derby,The Golden Walleye Classic, is the big tourney on the lake annually. It is held at Shaw's Point Resort near Grouard, and the biannual Slave Lake Angler's Cup which is held earlier in the year at Slave Lake and has a larger prize purse of over $75,000! . Buffalo Bay, Grouard Channel and the portion of Lesser Slave Lake within 4 km of the mouth of the channel are closed to fishing during a specified period in April and May each year as the prime spawning habitat on the lake is at the west end of the lake...

LESSER SLAVE LAKE:
Area (km2:) 1,160 - as a comparison - Sylvan Lake is a mere 42.8 sq.km.
Maximum Depth (metres): 20.5
Mean Depth (metres): 11.4
Drainage Basin Area (km2): 12,400
Drainage Basin: Athabasca River Basin
Sport Fish: Northern Pike, Lake Whitefish, Walleye, Yellow Perch

TOLL FREE AT 1.888.310.5253 - INVESTORS CLICK HERE
OR for more EMAILED info: scott@albertasbiggestlake.com

 
 
     
           
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