This charming lake is located just over an hour SW of Edmonton and just over an hour NW of Red Deer.
For many years urban legend had it that it was bottomless. This unusual depth for an Alberta lake contributes to its clean pristine water, making it the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day. It is a popular destination for recreational paddlers, sunseekers, divers, and fisherman alike. This is a small lake where you are never far from shore and the water is usually calm. No motorboats are allowed which makes it great for any beginner paddler. Explore the whole shore and keep a look out for the friendly beaver on the west side of the lake that empties into a little creek. Be sure to check out the great food and drinks just next door at Longshot Distillery. 5 minutes down the road is the quaint hamlet of Winfield, you can grab an ice cream at Winfield Foods. 20 minutes from The Village at Pigeon Lake.
ASPEN BEACH, GULL LAKE:
Enjoy a day out at Aspen Beach Provincial Park, Gull Lake, with beautiful green areas and large sandy beaches! Centrally located a short distance from Lacombe, Red Deer, and Sylvan Lake. You will also find a playground, boat launch, and concession. Spend a few nights in Brewer’s or Lakeview campground and take advantage of a separate boat launch, laundry facilities, and sites that suit whatever camping unit you have.
This beautiful spot is located at Cow Lake Campground, just 16 km Southwest of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta on highway 752. It features beautiful green areas, dense evergreen forests and sandy beaches. Cow Lake offers great fishing for Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, and Brown Trout. Visit the Cow Lake store for lunch, ice cream and other treats located just 3 minutes away!
This fun getaway near Rocky Mtn House offers many trails for hiking and mountain biking, and now boasts a Kayakomat kiosk! Enjoy all the amenities the park has to offer, including a boat launch, sewage disposal station, coin operated showers, a campground store, playground and a large beach area that is great for swimming. There are 8 named trails at Crimson Lake Provincial Park ranging from about 0.3 km to 10 km. This Park is also great for birding. Some birds that are known to frequent the park are loons, ducks, sandhill cranes, boreal owls, northern pygmy owls, greater yellowlegs, western tanagers, and solitary sandpipers.
Explore Thunder Lake Provincial Park, just west of Barrhead Alberta, and get close to nature. The lake has pelicans, herons, woodpeckers and moose that frequent the north side of the lake, making this a perfect lake to get out and explore. Early mornings and evenings set the stage with glass-like water conditions for amazing sunsets and rises. This location also offers many other activities for you to enjoy such as camping, beaches, on-site store/food concessions, walking paths, fishing and farmers markets on Saturdays. Enjoy food and ice cream at the concession stand in the park. The KAYAKOMAT is located at the convenient day use area and close to the water. This area features restrooms, picnic area, on site parking, staging area and a beach area to soak in the sun.
CARSON PEGASUS PROVINCIAL PARK:
Carson Pegasus Provincial Park is just north of Whitecourt, Alberta. The lake is speed controlled and boats don’t make waves making this a perfect lake to get out and explore. You will get to see a variety of waterfowl as well as witness an active and vibrant aquatic ecosystem. Keep on the look out for the trout as this is a stocked lake and they can be seen jumping out of the water throughout the day. This location also offers many other activities for you to enjoy such as camping, beaches, on-site store/food concessions, walking paths, playground, and fishing.
FESTIVAL PARK, WHITECOURT:
Come and explore Festival Park (formerly Rotary Park) in Whitecourt Alberta. This location also offers many other activities for you to enjoy such as on-site food concessions, dog park, walking paths, splash park and water slides, and a playground. Check the town of Whitecourt website for summer activities and events held on weekends. Enjoy food and ice cream at the concession stand in the park. Paddling around the island is nice and calm. No swimming in the pond. The KAYAKOMAT is located at the convenient day use area at Festival Park near the concession stand. This area features restrooms, parking, a playground, splash park and picnic area, on site parking, staging area and a grassy area to soak in the sun.
BEWDLEY OPTIMIST PARK, RICE LAKE:
Beautifully situated on the waterfront of Rice Lake, east of Bowmanville and south of Peterborough, the park offers a public boat launch, boat dock, accessible washroom facilities, play structures, and green space. You can enjoy fishing off the dock for sunfish, bass, crappie, and the occasional walleye. The park is near many restaurants to grab some food after enjoying the park. The park is often not too crowded and quiet.