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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

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Repsol Sport Centre

Calgary, Alberta
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Two Olympic-sized pools. Five gymnasiums. Two tracks. Dive tank. 25,000 sq. ft. cardio and weight training. Group fitness classes. Personal training. Meeting rooms. Child care services. Free parking.

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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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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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Travel Offers

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Forever Fun at Fantasyland

West Edmonton Mall is always having fun, with no plans to stop! Come enjoy all the mall has to offer by booking the “Forever Fun” package. This package includes a superior room at Fantasyland Hotel and two attraction passes redeemable at Galaxyland or World Waterpark.

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Float + Via Ferrata Package

Experience two popular summer activities on this package deal with Discover Banff Tours. Climb the 2.5 hour Explorer Route at Mt Norquay's Via Ferrata on a small-group guided alpine experience up to 2,235 metres above sea level, then take a gentle one-hour float trip along the Bow River in Canmore.

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Canoe, Kayak, Stand-up Paddle Board Rentals

Blakiston and Company is issuing a June discount for paddlers. That applies to kayaks, tandem kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and canoes. June is heating up and the wildlife is plenty. This is the best way to see them safely around the Lake; eagles, rams, deer, and bears with their cubs.

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Black Gold River Tours

Edmonton, Alberta

Come out and explore the region's best kept secret and many unique islands. Look for petrified wood, gold or driftwood along the unexplored rocky shoreline. Sit back, relax and watch the river from one of the beautiful sandy beaches, or stay on the boat and float through the heart of our province's capital city. Black Gold River Tours offers five fantastic options, a team building program and special requests for birthdays, anniversaries and film crews.

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Hamilton House Boat Tours

Cold Lake, Alberta

Gather the 5 sands of Cold Lake on a morning or afternoon boating adventure. Enjoy a shore lunch on Brian's favourite beach. Or enjoy a late evening cruise to watch the sunset or northern lights dance across the sky. Enjoy quiet beaches only accessible by boat! Two size of boats to choose from with snacks and drinks on board.

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Hinton Rafting & Adventures Ltd.

Hinton, Alberta
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Welcome to HRA. We are a fully guided tour company providing daily raft trips on the Historic Athabasca River for everyone from toddlers to seniors. You start and finish your adventure at High Calibre Sports in Hinton, AB. Tours are 3 hours total duration with 2 hours on the water. This river is one of Canada's heritage passageways and has some of the best scenic viewpoints in the area. Our tours include all transportation and safety gear. Book your tour today 780 223-TOUR!

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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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Chestermere Water Festival

Chestermere, Alberta
2018-07-28 to 2018-07-28 MST

Join the splash at the Chestermere Water Festival. There's something for everyone: games for kids, music, food trucks, beer gardens and more!

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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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