The shoreline of Sylvan Lake is changing as McMansions replace those old time family summer cottages.
Architectural, environmental and aesthetic standards seem to be flexible. Living by Water principles that help property owners manage water balance and preserve the riparian zone with recommended low impact development and landscaping standards in some cases have apparently been eaten by the family dog.
One Birchcliff SV property owner has prepared for an invasion by sea as this section of re-contoured escarpment and shoreline now resembles Juno Beach in 1944:
Shoreline impairment surveys document the degradation of the naturally protective riparian zone around the perimeter of the lake.