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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

Collicutt Centre

Red Deer, Alberta

Playful families, intrepid adventures. Fitness buffs. Whether you're looking for drop-in or registered activities in Red Deer; Collicutt Centre is your destination of choice. Splash, sprint, stretch or sweat. We've got what you need and we're focused on your experience.

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River Bend Golf & Recreation

Red Deer, Alberta

18 hole championship golf course, 9 hole par 3, driving range and golf academy, golf shop, restaurant and waterpark.

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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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Ice Magic

Icewalk tour departs at 8:30am, 1:00pm and 7:30pm and is 4 hours in duration. The Banff Gondola must be booked for a specific day and time. Hot Springs passes can be used at anytime. Tours can be taken on separate days. Costs are per person. Taxes are additional.

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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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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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Smitty’s Outdoor Adventures

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

We provide guided fishing trips on Abraham Lake, August through September with shore lunch and refreshments supplied. All fishing gear supplied as well. I have more than 40 years of experience fishing in the David Thompson Area on lakes such as Strubel Lake, Swan Lake, Buck Lake, Pigeon Lake and Burnstick Lake. Wherever you may want to go fishing, I will make it happen!

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