The sunny season is finally here and as long as the weather cooperates, most of us will be out and about.

Luckily, there is no shortage of exciting places to cool off this summer!

With plenty of exhilarating activities and buzzing bars, you’ve got options but what if you want to take things slow?

In addition to adventure parks and rushing rivers, Alberta also has some quiet lake towns and cities where you can take a dip, have a picnic, and hit a mom-and-pop shop.

Here are just a few that you can visit with your friends, family, or special someone.

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Cold Lake

With beautiful beaches, shops, restaurants, hotels and campsites, the City of Cold Lake is an action-packed community with a calendar full of fun. Go fishing, swimming, golfing, or just lounge. The area is your oyster!

Where: Directions here
Distance from Calgary: 597 km
Distance from Edmonton: 300 km

Sylvan Lake


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A popular spot an hour and a half from both Calgary and Edmonton, Sylvan Lake is the ultimate destination for a summer’s day. This sunny season, check out the quaint shops, iconic ice cream shop and, of course, the beautiful beach – then be home before dinner.

Where: See directions here
Distance from Calgary: 159.5 km
Distance from Edmonton: 162.6 km

Slave Lake

Swim, fish, take a walk or grab a bite to eat. Described as the “jewel of Alberta,” Slave Lake is an Alberta must-visit every summer. From cultural experiences and peaceful retreats, there is truly something for everyone – especially if you want to make a splash.

Where: Directions here
Distance from Calgary: 551 km
Distance from Edmonton: 254.7 km

And there you have it! Just a few Alberta lake towns you can visit this summer. Enjoy and happy staycationing!