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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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Boating & Swimming Spots

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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Abbey Centre

Blackfalds, Alberta

Centrally located in Alberta, the Abbey offers fitness and fun for all ages with over 41,000 sq. ft. of indoor recreational opportunities. Explore the tunnels and slides in the 3-story indoor playground, or treat yourself to a quick bite at the concession after you work out in the state-of-the-art fitness centre while your kids are cared for by child minding. Get away from the elements and take advantage of the 152 metre running track on the 3rd level, overlooking the activities in the triple gymnasium field house. Avid runners, walkers & cyclists will appreciate that the Abbey Centre is the only place in Canada where the Trans Canada Trail travels indoors (entrance on 2nd level). In the summer months, cool off and have fun in the sun at the outdoor aquatic centre, plan a picnic in the park, let the little ones discover the dinosaurs in the playground, or take in the entertainment at the outdoor amphitheatre. See you at the Abbey, where family, friends & fitness are found!

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Tours

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 www.ecbarranch.ca 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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Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruise Co. Ltd.

Waterton, Alberta
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Enjoy a scenic cruise on Waterton Lake and cross the International border into Glacier National Park, Montana. View spectacular mountain scenery, waterfalls, unusual geological formations and wildlife, while listening to professional, entertaining and educational commentary. Includes a half hour stop at Goat Haunt, Montana (June through mid-September). Shuttles to Crypt Lake trailhead are 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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Events

Canada Day in Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake, Alberta
2018-07-01 To 2018-07-01 MST

'Consider Yourself Invited' to celebrate Canada Day in Sylvan Lake! Enjoy the lake experience with a variety of Canada Day celebrations full of free family activities. It will be a day full of entertainment throughout the morning, afternoon and evening. Flag Raising Ceremony, Sailing Club Charity Race,Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Karaoke Musicians DJ'd Street Dance, Hypnosis Shows, Food Trucks....,and a GIANT Canada Day Birthday Cake! The day ends with Fireworks at 11:00pm over the lake at the Sylan Lake Pier.

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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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