Summer is almost over, but as long as the weather cooperates, there’s plenty to see and do under the heat of the sun! If of course, you’re one of the many who are feeling a tad burnt out from all of the wackiness over the last few months consider taking a staycation to recharge before getting back into it. Not sure where to go? Why not one of the many lake towns in Alberta? Here are just a few that you can visit right now!

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Sylvan Lake


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Sylvan Lake has all the makings for a perfect day trip if you’re legitimately looking for a full day or weekend away. This popular spot is only about an hour and a half outside of Calgary and Edmonton, and is an excellent place to grab a bite to eat, browse quaint little shops, or hit their iconic ice cream shop – plus you can still be home before dinner!

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

Cold Lake


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Located northeast of Edmonton, the city of Cold Lake has beautiful beaches, shops, restaurants, campsites and hotels – for those looking for a soft bed and some air conditioning. They also have quite the community calendar, if you’re hoping to hang with the locals.

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

Slave Lake


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Whether you’re looking to fish, swim or just grab a bite to eat and take a walk around, Slave Lake is a must-visit this summer or next. Here the sky never sleeps and there’s almost always something happening on the water. Enjoy!

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!