After driving through Olds, we decided to head North towards Sylvan Lake which is a summer resort town with a huge lake. I would think the population triples in the summer. There are some days I think it would be cool to live in a small town like this, but then the city calls me back and holds me there.

One such find in Sylvan Lake is Timber Coffee Co. The main reason I wanted to check this place out, is that it is a non-profit shop ran by Central Alberta Youth Unlimited.

The Interior

Outfitted in a one-story building shared with Central Alberta Youth Unlimited, Timber Coffee offers a spacious cafe with plenty of seating. After looking around, it appears the café is furnished by IKEA products. They have a wall of products and swag that are for sale that supports the youth organization. I did buy a nice ball cap, and my daughter bought a sweatshirt. As I made my way back to the washroom, I noticed that they had an indoor skateboard park inside the building along with more great space for kids to hang out and play games.

The Drinks

They offer several coffees from greats such as Timbertrain out of Vancouver which is a welcome sight outside of Calgary. This shop offers both classic espresso (lattes, cappuccinos) and regular coffee, as well as some hand-crafted specialties (pourovers, macchiatos).

I tried a vanilla latte and was quite impressed. Their vanilla flavouring is made in house and is quite good. The baristas are talented and their latte art showed their skill. My wife had the London Fog and my daughter had the iced vanilla latte.  Both drinks also very good.


The Food

Unfortunately, we didn’t order any food this day.

The Service

The staff are friendly, helpful and overall it was a great place to sit and hang out for a while.


The Hours

Monday to Friday: 7:30am to 8pm

Saturday: 9am to 8pm

Sunday: 9am to 4pm



There is lots of parking on either side of the building.

Last Words

After relaxing with my coffee for a short time, it was time for me to start my journey home. I would definitely drop by Timber Coffee again for another great beverage. Lastly, I would like to say that Central Alberta Youth Unlimited has done an outstanding job with this place. If you are driving by Sylvan Lake or there enjoying the lake, please stop by this place and support a great establishment.


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