Birchcliff was the second Village to be incorporated on Sylvan Lake. This occured January 1, 1972. Seasonal cabins date back to the 1920's when the area consisted of Viewpoint and Sunnyside. The subdivision of Birch Bay was developed in the 1950's, followed by Sprucecliff in 1963. A unique aspect of Birchcliff is the Sunnyside Pentecostal Camp (a Christian retreat center offering family oriented activities year round. There are 97 seasonal residences on the south side of Birchcliff Road and an institutional camp with trailer parks on the north side.