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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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Heritage Park | Calgary

Castle Falls | Ric Kokotovich

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JBS Canada Centre

Brooks, Alberta
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Perfect for a day of leisure, fitness and fun! The JBS Canada Centre features an elaborate aquatic centre with a waterslide, wave pool, lazy river, spray features, hot tub, steam room, sauna and so much more! If swimming isn't your thing you can find many other things to do in the gymnasium, field house, fitness centre, multipurpose rooms, arena, curling rink and indoor play space.

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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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Cold Lake Marina

Cold Lake, Alberta

Sailboats in the Cold Lake Marina always present the prettiest summer picture. Walking along the breakwater you might glimpse the “Legend of the Kinosoo”, the big fish that the Dene Suline believe lurks in the depths Cold Lake. The Marina provides launching access to Cold Lake. There is fuel, a pump out system, sail boat lifting mast and a fish cleaning station available for boaters. Fishing is allowed on the outside of the breakwater. Take an ice cream break after your jaunt along the lakeshore or stop for a bite to eat at any of the restaurants along the lakeshore.

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My Fly Guy

Coalhurst, Alberta

Lethbridge and area's only full service fly shop. They are just a quick stop on the way through to some of the best fly fishing Alberta has to offer. They have everything a novice would need to get started as well as lots for the intermediate and advanced fly anglers. They are also a full certified outfitter/ guiding operation. My fly guy would love to show you the best Southern Alberta has to offer!

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Jasper Dive Adventures

Jasper, Alberta

Located in crystal clear Patricia Lake, Jasper Dive Adventures offers a unique underwater experience for visitors to the park. Our certified PADI Scuba Dive Instructor offers certification from the Open Water level up to the Rescue Diver level. Already certified? Take a guided tour to the WWII wreck in Patricia Lake, code named Project Habbakuk!

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Calgary River Experience

Calgary, Alberta
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Embark on Calgary’s only guided river experience, view downtown Calgary from the original highway, The Bow River. There are lots of amazing architecture in Calgary, old and new bridges, as well as new and historic office and residential high-rises which we have the opportunity to see as we float down the river. It is a view of the inner city that even long-time residents of Calgary have never experienced. The trips start by Pump House Theater and end at Pearce Estates Park.

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