On this week’s “five things” article, we’ll explore the places where you can, literally, dive in.
Accidental Beach, Edmonton
During the 2017/2018 construction season, work on the Tawatinâ LRT bridge, along with low water levels, caused a beach to form in the Cloverdale neighbourhood. As this result was unexpected, it was quickly named Accidental Beach. It’s a hit destination for Edmontonians, and despite uncertainty whether the beach would make an appearance in 2021, it has once again emerged and remains open as a little oasis in the city.
Shaw’s Point, High Prairie
Shaw’s Point Resort sits on the end of Lesser Slave Lake. An ideal destination for families, there’s a sandy beach to explore along with a restaurant, boat rentals, lake sports, fishing, and seasonal events. You can even make a weekend out of it thanks to the cabin and campground rentals and laundry facilities. Stay tuned to their events page to learn about fun things like bouncy castles, parades, farmer’s markets, and more.
Fish Lake, Nordegg
In addition to swimming, you can hike, bike, and fish at Fish Lake in Nordegg. With more than 100 serviced and un-serviced campsites, you have plenty of space to set up your RV or tent and stay for awhile. The lake is also a destination for fishers, as it is stocked with rainbow trout. For more amenities, the town of Nordegg is a short drive away.
World Waterpark, West Edmonton Mall
Of course, no entry on this list is complete without mentioning the indoors swimming to be had at West Edmonton Mall’s World Waterpark! Here you’ll enjoy tropical temperatures all year round along with 17 waterslides, a separate kid’s area, and cabana rentals, all in one of North America’s biggest malls. Slides are rated from beginner to advanced, so everyone can get the thrills they desire – that is, when you are not spending time in the wave pool enjoying the simulated ocean.
Sylvan Lake Provincial Park Beach, Sylvan Lake
Originally using the Cree name Kinabik, Sylvan Lake (renamed in 1903) has been a popular destination for families for decades. The clear water, the sandy beach, the nearby town – this iconic spot has it all. It’s a busy, popular location so arrive early to secure a spot. In addition to swimming, you can enjoy boating, watersports, and fishing. Thanks to the Sylvan Lake Stewardship Association, the lake remains among the clearest and cleanest in the region.
Bonus – Another large roadside attraction
We can’t conclude this list without telling you about another giant roadside attraction. Wabamun is home to a lakeside provincial park, but it’s also home to the world’s largest dragonfly. Buzz on over to Rge. Rd 11 (Hwy 16, Exit 324) to get a picture with this colossal bug. The Wabamun dragonfly is the ultimate upcycle, having been created from a used propane tank, light post, and scrapped airplane wings.
Nerissa McNaughton is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the Hot Summer Guide advertising feature. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.