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Boating & Swimming Summer Outdoor Activities

Great news! Since the dinosaurs went extinct, Alberta's crystal clear lakes and sandy beaches are free for the enjoying. That means lake swimming and boating are perfect ways to indulge in Alberta’s hot summer days. • Good to know: Alberta lakes come in every shade from pale blue to milky turquoise. Many were left behind by retreating glaciers, but lake-loving humans have dug great urban ones too. • Boat curious: Paddle as much or as little as you want. Sign up for a boat tour surrounded by mountains or rent a two-person canoe for the voyageur experience. • How to swim: Gentle, shallow and warm. No, not the apres-ski hot tub. That's central Alberta's prairie lakes.

Full disclosure, I am one of the dummies. However we always get questions about fishing at Peace River Cabins and Outdoors so here is a collection of half-truths, gained from impolite grilling of successful fishermen, anecdotes and general references.

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Eastlink Centre

Grande Prairie, Alberta
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More than a sports and recreation facility, Eastlink Centre is where community is built. It's where people of all ages come to Explore, Engage and Experience our services.The $110 million, 450,000 square foot Eastlink Centre, located in South Grande Prairie, is a modern health and fitness facility offering recreation activities to a wide range of users. The facility opened its doors on December 12, 2011.Aquatics, Fitness, Sports & MoreThe aquatics area provides entertainment for all ages with two water slides, FlowRider for simulated surfing and a colourful dinosaur-themed waterpark for children ages 12 and under. The 50-metre Competition swimming pool is approved to host Provincial, National and International swim events and patrons can participate in a range of activities for every skill level. For those looking for a more relaxing visit, the facility also offers a Lazy River, Family and Adult Hot Tubs, steam room and sauna.Overlooking the aquatics area is a full-sized athletics facility. The Fieldhouse provides courts and equipment for a variety of sports or fitness classes and has hosted the Alberta Special Olympics. Racquetball and Squash courts can be found to the East of the Fieldhouse and a four-lane, 175-metre track can be found on the third floor. The second floor hosts a large weight room, cardio equipment with flat screens and multipurpose rooms that offer space for fitness classes and community groups.Barrier Free DesignThe broad range of equipment ensures multi-generational access to the entire facility. The facility is also completely barrier free.

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JBS Canada Centre

Brooks, Alberta
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The JBS Canada Centre features an elaborate aquatic centre with a waterslide and wave pool, gymnasium, fitness centre, multipurpose rooms, arena and curling rink. A $22-million-dollar renovation and expansion project was completed in 2017 where a large field house was added along with a public library.

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Elkwater Lake Marina

Elkwater, Alberta

Marina stalls available for rent seasonally, monthly, weekly or daily. Two boat launches located directly beside the marina. Please call for more information.

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EC Bar Ranch Adventures

High Prairie, Alberta

Located just 10 minutes southeast of High Prairie EC Bar Ranch has something for everyone! Summer features an 18 acre Corn Maze. The Maze winds through some of the tallest corn around at an awesome 10+ feet high. After exploring the Maze, why not take in a horse-drawn wagon ride around the Maze perimeter. A picnic area and walking trail leading to a secluded riverside beach offer a relaxing retreat to round out your day. Be sure to watch for a couple special events such as “Flashlight Night” including a “Haunted Bale Maze” to end the season. Gift Certificates, Group, Corporate and School rates available. The Corn Maze is a great outdoor activity for all ages. Horseback riding and wagon rides along scenic trails allow for some awesome views of both nature and wildlife. Guides take you and your group along leisurely trails winding along and across the East Prairie River and through lush pastures and forests containing some of the largest trees in Northern Alberta.Winter time turns the Ranch into an awesome winter wonder land! Our Toboggan Hill features a heated shelter, lit hill for evening enjoyment and a roasting fire to toast your marshmallows! Round out this day with a Horse-Drawn Sleigh or Hay Ride. A great activity for your family, club or office outing.For more information on any of our attractions call 780-523-0242 or visit and don’t forget to check out our Facebook page, “EC Bar Ranch Trail Rides”, to keep up-to-date on news and special events happening at the Ranch.

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Red Deer River Adventures

Drumheller, Alberta

Red Deer River Adventures offers kayak and canoe rentals and guided tours on the Red Deer River. Join us on a tour of the scenic Red Deer River in the badlands of central Alberta or rent a kayak or canoe and experience the stunning scenery and unique geology of the area. Two-hour, half day and full day tours follow the path of the dinosaur hunters through the badlands of central Alberta. Shuttles to pick up and drop off points also available.

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Canmore River Adventures

Canmore, Alberta
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Stunning glacial blue waters, towering mountain peaks and diverse wildlife awaits you on this beautiful float tour along the Bow River in Canmore. Located on the outskirts of Banff National Park, your guide will gently float you through this inspiring landscape. Sit back, relax and soak it all in, as the stories and local history of the Canadian Rockies captivates your imagination. With no experience required, this family friendly tour is perfect for all ages and abilities. Join us on this truly signature experience of your stay in the Rockies, and let us inspire your mountain adventures.

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ITU World Triathlon Series | Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta
2018-07-27 To 2018-07-28 MST

The ITU World Triathlon Series will once again be returning to Edmonton in 2018, welcoming everyone from Elite athletes to first-time participants. With a number of competitions to suit all levels of athletes. WTS Edmonton offers a welcoming environment and the chance to race the same course as Olympic and World Champions.

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JAWS at the Lake

Sylvan Lake, Alberta
2018-08-05 To 2018-08-05 MST

A one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed this summer! Many have it on their bucket list. Come join us to watch 'Jaws' on the Lake in a boat or floatie in the water, or grab a spot on land! Event is free, and weather dependent. Movie is Rated PG13. There will be food trucks on site 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM. 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (last admission is 8:00 PM)Lakefront Park is located where our lighthouse sits, on the west end of Lakeshore Drive. It is expect to start around 9:15 p.m on August 6th, 2018. In partnership with Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash, and Go Services.

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Family Fun Day Blue Ridge Recreation Area

Woodlands, Alberta
2018-07-21 To 2018-07-21 MST

Blue Ridge Family Fun Day - 2018. This special, free, family focused event is held at the Blue Ridge Recreation Area just 5 kilometers outside of the hamlet of Blue Ridge. This day is designed for fun and for learning. Come enjoy all the nature games, crafts, face painting, paddle boats and more! Hot dogs, freezes and drinks are provided. Join us anytime from 11:0 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to make memories with your family and friends!

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