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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

Banff Upper Hot Springs

Banff, Alberta
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Visit Miette and Banff Upper Hot Springs on your trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Banff and Jasper national parks. These natural hot mineral springs are among the top attractions in the Canadian Rockies. Banff Upper Hot Springs offers a splendid historic bathhouse in Banff National Park. In Jasper National Park you'll find the Miette Hot Springs, which have the hottest mineral water in the Rockies.

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Stettler Recreation Centre

Stettler, Alberta

The Stettler Recreation Centre is home to two full ice sheets, a public library, swimming pool with lanes, hot tub, water slide, climbing wall, and zero entry pool that is wheel chair accessible. We also have a senior centre, fitness centre and meeting rooms.

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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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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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O-fishial Business Fishing Charters

Cold Lake, Alberta

O-fishial Business fishing charters is the Lakeland's premier sport fishing outfitter. Our guides have extensive experience and knowledge of the lakes and rivers in the area. We specialize in catching Lake Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, Perch, Burbot, and Sturgeon. We offer half-day, full-day, and multi-day packages. Shore lunch is available on full day charters. Our boats are equipped with top of the line fishing equipment and safety gear to ensure an enjoyable experience on the lake.

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Wild Current Outfitters Guided Canoe

Jasper, Alberta
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The Pyramid Lake Canoe Adventure is an excellent way to start or finish your day in Jasper National Park. Wild Current specializes in small group, unique canoe adventures in a hand crafted canoe for couples, friends and families. Our guests often tell us they are blown away by the numerous snow-capped peaks that surround them, and the chance to see wildlife that call the area home. Private and custom tours are available. Canoe rentals and outfitting available for any lake in Jasper National Park. Multi day trips available on Maligne Lake and Snake Indian River.

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