Cold Lake area

Cold Lake is located in the western Canadian province of Alberta. It is approximately 294 km (180 miles) northeast of Edmonton, 170 km (100 miles) north of Lloydminster, and 588 km (375 miles) northeast of Calgary.

How To Get Here
Access to Cold Lake is gained through Alberta Provincial Highway #28 northeast of Edmonton and the Northern Woods and Water Route Highway #55. The Northern Woods and Water Route run east-west through Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Both highways are paved with asphalt and maintained throughout the year.

Incorporated in 1996 through amalgamation of the former towns of Grand Centre, Cold Lake and Medley (Canadian Forces Base 4 Wing), Cold Lake became a city in 2000. The three main industries in the area are military, oil and gas and tourism.

4 Wing
Home to two CF-18 operational Tactical Fighter Squadrons, one Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron and a number of operational and support squadron units, it is the largest employer in the Cold Lake area with approximately 2000 military members and 250 civilians.

For more than 30 years, Air Forces from around the world have participated in Exercise Maple Flag, a six week NATO exercise held from mid-May to mid-June. Cold Lake's population booms by about 6000 people during these months.

Oil & Gas Industry
Cold Lake sits on the southern rim of the Athabasca sands and on the northern edge of the heavy oil industry. As this industry booms in Cold Lake it will fast become the largest employment in the area.

With the lake as the focal point and the numerous other outdoor activities that are available in the area, tourism is Cold Lake’s third largest industry.

To visit the official City of Cold Lake website, go to