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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 their new website or like them on facebook for schedules and events.

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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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Fairmont Spa

Jasper, Alberta
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The grandeur of Jasper does more than simply take your breath away: It inspires you to slow your pace. To breathe deeply. To reflect on the amazing artistry of nature. This reflection underscores every treatment and experience offered at The Spa at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.Our spa experiences allow guests to participate in nature’s gifts in the heart of Jasper National Park. We offer customized treatments to help you recover from long days on the golf course or the mountain trails. Whichever treatments you choose, The Spa at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge ensures an experience unlike any other—one that gives you the time and space you need to breathe, dream and reflect on the natural abundance that surrounds you.AwardsConde Naste: Rated as the number 4 resort spa in Canada Spas of America: #13 of Top 100 Spas of 2017Spas of America: #3 of Top Spas in Canada of 2017Spas of America: #1 of Top Spas in Alberta of 2017

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Rafts + Craft Beer River Float

Start your adventure with a relaxing float on the Red Deer River with a guide from the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Next up we'll bring you back to the Troubled Monk for a brewery tour. Wrapping up the evening we'll get to enjoy a tasting flight in the taproom.

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Family Entertainment Package

Take the family for an inclusive getaway which includes one night accommodation in a Standard Room, one in-room movie, two 12″ pizzas, three bottles of pop and breakfast for 2 adults & 2 children. Plus get unlimited access to the water park with two slides, pool and hot tub.

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12-Day Ultimate Canadian Rockies

This tour includes 11 nights of accommodation (3.5–4 star), a professional tour leader, transportation on deluxe motorcoach, as well as round-trip airport transfers in Vancouver and Calgary. Learn about sights with a city tour, experience the sea-to-sky highway, visit the Athabasca Glacier, and Banff National Park among much more!

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Sindbad School of Sailing

Fallis, Alberta

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced sailor we have something to get you on the water that's tailored to your individual skill level. There are many options for those who just want to know what sailing is all about or are looking for more on the water experience. Fun family sailing excursions introductory sailing lessons sailing certificate programs live aboard cruise & learns

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Canmore Raft Tours

Canmore, Alberta
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Big mountain views, cool glacial waters, forests, valleys and wildlife: all from the perspective of the river. Great for all ages and perfect for first time rafters, Canmore Raft Tours offers two family friendly river floats leaving right from downtown Canmore. The 1hr "Townie" leaves four times daily at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm from the Canmore Boat Launch, which is only a few minute walk from the shops and restaurants downtown. The 2.5hr "Explorer" offers the same easy access, but we extend the tour into the Bow Valley Wildland Park leaving at 6:00pm from the Canmore Boat Launch. All Tours offer transportation from the river back to downtown.

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Red Deer River Float Adventures

Red Deer, Alberta
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See the city and surrounding area from a different perspective as you float down the Red Deer River. Enjoying a taste of local food on a relaxing evening on the river, head out on a family friendly afternoon float or explore the shorelines looking for wildlife and birds on our morning tour.River float tours are available throughout the week on your schedule or join an upcoming Explorer Series tour.

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Slave Lake Boat Rally

Slave Lake, Alberta
2018-08-25 to 2018-08-25 MST

Slave Lake Snow & Mud Association is trying something new this summer! The first annual Slave Lake Boat Rally is a chance to explore our beautiful lake and have a little fun in the sun before summer comes to an end. Participants will register at the marina next to Norm's Walleye Camp on highway 88 on Lesser Slave River, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.. There, they will receive a map and GPS co-ordinates for four more checkpoints on the lake. They will accumulate points at each of the checkpoints and return to the marina. 50% of the registration fees will be given out as prizes. The event will proceed as weather permits.

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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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