Fort Liard will give well-worn Hay Lake a makeover

The Hamlet of Fort Liard is planning upgrades at Hay Lake, a new garage, and a variety of other work on community facilities in the next year.

According to council documents, Hay Lake – a recreation area just north of the hamlet, on its access road – will have shelters replaced, new outhouses built, secure drinking water storage, and road upgrades.

A briefing note states the existing facilities at Hay Lake are in such rough shape that they are “beyond economical repair” and create “a liability for the hamlet.”


Hamlet senior administrator John McKee said replacing the infrastructure is important because of Hay Lake’s popularity.

“This area is very heavily used,” he said. “It’s beside a little lake and people go out there for picnics to get out, especially with Covid. It’s been there for a long time.”

The materials are to be ordered by December with installation in spring 2022, although McKee said supply chain issues have delayed some projects in Fort Liard.

“Supply chains are just taking so long and we’re finding we are having to do projects over two years,” he said.

“What we’ve done with some of our projects this year is just ordered the materials this year and then do the construction next year. It’s not that big of a project – you could have done it all in one year – but it’s just the supply chains are so slow.”


The new structures will be made of steel and installed on cement pads to increase their lifespan and deter vandalism. Three tables and fire pits will be installed, and waste bins will be added to the area.

The budget for the project is just over $220,000 to be spent over the next three years.

Other improvements

Oher projects approved by council include a new garage with a small workshop for Fort Liard’s maintenance equipment.

Documents state additional garage space has been identified as a need for the past six years but remains to be built.

McKee said the community’s current facility is “outdated” and doesn’t have space for all the equipment the hamlet now owns.

Chipsealing will be applied to some local roads, intended to extend their life by seven to 10 years.

Upgrades to Birch Street will be made next year to increase access to drainage and reduce maintenance costs.