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I.C.Y.M.I.: The Seven Best Beaches in Alberta to Visit This Summer

Posted on July 1, 2024 by Nerissa McNaughton

Alberta may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of sandy shores and turquoise waters, but prepare to be pleasantly surprised! Whether you're craving a tranquil escape, an exciting water sports adventure, or simply a place to unwind with family and friends, Alberta's beaches have it all.

Sylvan Lake

Nestled in the heart of Alberta, Sylvan Lake is a breathtaking slice of paradise that offers more than just a beach destination. Recognized as one of the top six beaches in Western Canada by AMA Travel, and the only one from Alberta on the list, Sylvan Lake boasts crystal-clear waters and seemingly endless sandy shorelines.

Adding a new spin to this beloved location is the expanded Sylvan Lake AquaSplash, an exhilarating open-water park that beckons adventure seekers of all ages. Here, you can conquer a towering 15-foot structure, test your climbing skills on an overhanging wall, bounce on an oversized trampoline, and swing on bars suspended over the water. Sylvan Lake, an undeniable Alberta gem, promises an unforgettable experience. For more information, visit Sylvan Lake and AquaSplash.

Kinosoo Beach

Situated in Cold Lake, Kinosoo Beach is a three-block stretch of fine sand that was named one of Canada's top 25 beaches by Canadian Geographic Magazine. Its unique feature is the splash park, which is a hit among children and families. As day bids farewell and the night takes centre stage, look up and marvel as the northern lights put on a spectacular show.

Ma-Me-O Beach

Ma-Me-O Beach is a charming summer village on the southeast shore of Pigeon Lake, named after the Cree word for "pigeon", omîmîw. The beach is known for its white, plentiful sand and excellent amenities such as a playground and picnic areas. Every summer, the community hosts the Pigeon Lake Music Festival, attracting music lovers from all over the province.

Ebeling Beach

Ebeling Beach, located in central Alberta, is one of the most popular beaches in the region. It features a large sandy beach on the clean waters of Gull Lake. Ebeling Beach is home to a variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer and red foxes. The beach is a popular spot for summer activities like swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking.

Rochon Sands Provincial Park Beach

Rochon Sands Provincial Park, located on Buffalo Lake in central Alberta, is a well-treed park known for its long sandy beach. The park offers camping sites suitable for both RVs and tents. It is part of a provincial park that is home to a diverse range of bird species, making it a paradise for bird watchers. People flock to this beach in Alberta.

Devonshire Beach

Devonshire Beach, located in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park features rolling dunes and a 3 km stretch of pristine sand. It is home to the annual Sand Sculpture Championships, a competition that attracts artists from all over the country.

Wabamun Lake Beach

Wabamun Lake Beach, located in Wabamun Lake Provincial Park, is a wide and sandy beach with a grassy area for picnicking. Wabamun Lake is one of the most heavily used lakes in Alberta, making it a popular destination for summer activities like swimming, boating, and fishing. The annual Dragonfly Festival, featuring a parade, market, and live music, is a major summer event at Wabamun Lake.

From the northern lights dancing to thrilling aquatic adventures, Alberta's beaches offer a unique blend of natural beauty, vibrant community events, and exciting recreational activities. So, the next time you're yearning for sandy shores and turquoise waters, remember that Alberta's beaches are waiting to surprise and delight you. Come and discover these hidden gems and create unforgettable memories under the Alberta sun.

Nerissa McNaughton is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This content has been republished for the Great West Media & Southern Alberta Newspapers Hot Summer Guide advertising feature. The Hot Summer Guide is a special feature about summer activities, bucket list adventures, staycation options, road trips, attractions, events, and road trip-worthy food & beverage destinations across Alberta. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.

This article was originally published on August 23, 2023.

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