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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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Northern Lights Aquatic Centre

Slave Lake, Alberta

Located at the Northern Lakes College, the Northern Lights Aquatic Centre includes a 25m main tank, a zero depth pool, water slide and a hot tub.The facility is open seven days a week offering a variety of programs. Check out our new website or like us on facebook for schedules and events.

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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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MacDonald Island Park

Fort McMurray, Alberta

MacDonald Island Park continues to evolve as a location for one of Canada's premier recreation experiences. Included in that evolution is the newly opened Shell Place that includes SMS Equipment Stadium (sport and performance stadium), a Baseball Stadium, a badminton centre, indoor turf field house, and conference spaces. The Aquatic Centre features five water slides, lazy river, spray park, Olympic-sized swimming pool and two hot tubs. Workout in the state-of-the-art Total Fitness Centre, or go for a skate on one of two NHL-sized hockey arenas. Don't forget to check out the new climbing wall and the indoor playground.

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Giddy Up & Glide

Banff sleigh rides operate daily on the hour every hour from 10am to 4pm. Icewalk tour departs at 8.30am or 1.30pm and is 4 hours in duration. Hot springs passes are open and can be used at anytime. Tours can be taken on separate days. Prices from $109

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Banff Upper Hot Springs

Soak in the steamy hot mineral water where travellers have come for over a hundred years. Banff National Park’s only hot springs pool welcomes you for an authentic heritage experience that is a favourite among visitors. Open year-round.

Expires: 2018-03-17
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Fall into Fantasy at West Edmonton Mall

It’s officially sweater weather! But inside West Edmonton Mall’s World Waterpark, the temperature is set at a balmy 31 degrees Celsius. The Fall into Fantasy package for families includes an overnight stay in a theme room and four World Waterpark passes. Valid for weeknight stays only. Subject to availability.

Expires: 2017-12-21
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Old Man River Tubing

Lethbridge, Alberta

Experience the thrill of tubing down a river on a hot summer's day with this Lethbridge company that offers tubing and rafting trips down the Old Man River.

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Pembina River Tubing

Entwistle, Alberta
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Float your cares away with this 270 foot gorge that relaxes and remove the worries of the world.

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Wild Current Outfitters Rafting

Jasper, Alberta
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The Snake Indian Valley trip offers guests a rare experience in a breathtaking region of the Park that few locals and even fewer tourists have ventured. You’ll raft down a roaring, clear river, hike through pine forests, meadows and see wildlife such as bighorn sheep, mountain goats, moose, elk, and bears. Horses transport all gear and baggage so you can travel lightly, knowing that at the end of the day a comfortable camp, great meal and maybe even a cold beer await you. Leave the guiding to us and we promise to make this trip of a lifetime.

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Wild mountain rafting weekend

Hinton, Alberta
2017-07-14 to 2017-07-16 MST

July 14th -16th. Make your Wild Mountain Music Festival weekend extra exciting and memorable with a rafting adventure!! Come and enjoy a relaxing float down the Athabasca River with Hinton Rafting Adventures. This tour is a great way to see the Hinton area while you’re on your visiting for the music festival. Call to book your tour.

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