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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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Red Deer River | Philip J. Currie

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Miette Hot Springs

Jasper, 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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JBS Canada Centre

Brooks, Alberta

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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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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Float + Banff Chairlift Package

Enjoy a relaxing, scenic day out in Banff with Discover Banff Tours on this package deal. Take a gentle one-hour float trip along the Bow River in Canmore, and then ride up to 8,000 feet on the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift for mountain-top dining and to experience Banff like never before.

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The Athabasca River Guided Fishing Package

Fish the historic Athabasca River for exciting Northern Pike and Walleye action, with great opportunities to catch that trophy fish of a lifetime. While cruising along the majestic Athabasca river, view the abundance of wildlife on its shores. Price is for 2 guests for 2 nights.

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4-Day All-Inclusive River Boat Wilderness Adventure

Experience an ultimate 4-day, 3-night wilderness adventure along the Athabasca River to reach one of Alberta's most remote backcountry lodges. Enjoy log cabin accommodations, hearty home-cooked meals, and all river transportation to and from the lodge. Scenic panoramas, incredible wildlife, historic sites, nature walks and fishing opportunities highlight your experience.

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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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Smittys Outdoor Adventure

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Smitty's Outdoor Adventures offers presitine wilderness fishing trips on Lake Abraham in the heart of the Rocky Mountains where all fishing gear is supplied by the guide which has over 40 years of fishing in Western Canada and throughout the world. Resident cougar hunts also available in West Central Alberta.

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Calgary River Experience

Calgary, Alberta
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Embark on Calgary’s only guided river experience, view downtown Calgary from the original highway, The Bow River. There are lots of amazing architecture in Calgary, old and new bridges, as well as new and historic office and residential high-rises which we have the opportunity to see as we float down the river. It is a view of the inner city that even long-time residents of Calgary have never experienced. The trips start by Pump House Theater and end at Pearce Estates Park. The trip is about one and a half hours long. Want a meal during your trip, bagged lunch or stop at a restaurant in the middle of the trip, maybe an evening float under the lights? We do custom trips as well as our standard trip. Call for details.

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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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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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Pie Cruise

Waterton Park, Alberta
2018-05-26 to 2018-05-26 MST

The only thing better than a scenic cruise from Canada to the United States in Waterton Lakes National Park is experiencing while enjoying a slice of pie - or two. Local vendors will supply the pies that you can linger over while cruising by majestic towering cliffs, unique geological formations, beautiful waterfalls and snowy mountain peaks. Don't forget your camera because the tour boat makes stops along the way, which can include the chance to see wildlife.

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