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Where to cool off when it heats up in southern Alberta

by Karen Ung
Enjoy the water at Lethbridge, Newell, Waterton, and Medicine Hat this summer! Stay a night & see a sight, build your #BucketlistAB!
Kayaking in Lethbridge
Image Credit: Matt Bailey

On a summer day in southern Alberta, a day by the water is hard to beat. Whether you hike to a picture-perfect picnic spot, cast for trophy trout, paddle to a secluded beach, raft the river, or sunbathe and make sand castles, there are endless ways to enjoy the lakes and rivers near here. Here are four water destinations in southern Alberta to put on your bucketlist: Lethbridge, Newell, Waterton, and Medicine Hat.


Kayaking the Old Man River in Lethbridge, Alberta
Kayaking the Old Man River in Lethbridge, Alberta
Photo Credit: Matt Bailey

In Lethbridge, you don’t need to get out of town to get out on the water. For a unique experience, float the Old Man River past dramatic coulees, and under the the world’s longest and highest trestle bridge (95.7 metres tall!), from Botterill Bottom Park to Helen Schuler Nature Preserve. Seeking flat water? Henderson Lake is perfect for beginners. If you need to cool off, the best spot in town is Henderson Pool, an outdoor pool with climbing wall, waterslides, and diving board.

Read more about summer fun in Lethbridge on ZenSeekers:
Splash down in Lethbridge this summer.


Kinbrook Island Provincial Park, Newell, Alberta
Image Credit: Chris Istace

When most people think of Newell, they think of Newell Lake, the largest manmade lake Alberta which is home to beautiful Kinbrook Island Provincial Park, but there are more lakes worth visiting! According to locals, Rolling Hills Lake is the place to stand up paddleboard, and Crawling Valley Reservoir is a “hidden oasis.” With lakeside camping and sandy beaches at all three reservoirs, how will you decide where to camp?

Learn more about camping and lake activities near Newell on ZenSeekers:
Dive into hot summer days in this beachy paradise called Newell on the Water.


Spectacular view from the Waterton Lake Cruise
Image Credit: Chris Istace

Waterton Lakes National Park is open for business! While many hiking trails were affected by the Kenow Fire of 2017, 50 kilometres of previously closed trails and three backcountry campgrounds have recently re-opened.

To truly appreciate the water in Waterton, take the lake cruise (hike Crypt Lake Trail if time allows), go horseback riding along Middle Waterton Lake, enjoy the view from Prince of Wales Hill and walk Linnet Lake Trail, or hike the Upper Waterton Lake lakeshore trail.

Discover five ways to find your zen in Waterton – on ZenSeekers.

Medicine Hat

Paddle or bike along the South Saskatchewan River in Medicine Hat
Image Credit: Chris Istace

The South Saskatchewan River meanders through Medicine Hat providing a playground for paddlers, cyclists, and walkers. Kayak the river, bike the river pathways, or enjoy one of many riverside parks such as Strathcona Island or Police Point Park. Kids will enjoy the Nature Centre’s exhibits and interpretive programming at Police Point Park.

For more ideas on things to to in Medicine Hat, see Chris Istace’s story on ZenSeekers: Reconnecting with my old home of Medicine Hat.

If You Go

Learn about these #BucketlistAB destinations (and many others!) at www.BucketlistAB.ca.

Visit Tourism Lethbridge to learn about more activities in the area.

Check out Visit Newell to start planning your road trip.

Go to the My Waterton website to book your lake cruise, trail ride, or lodging.

Drop by Tourism Medicine Hat and discover the best places to explore in town.

Four southern Alberta water destinations
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Canalta Hotels has partnered with a collection of destinations across Southern Alberta to save you money on local attractions: Stay a Night & See a Sight.

Travel Alberta also has more information about things to do and places to see in and around Lethbridge.

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1 comment

Stasher July 20, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Great outdoor fun roundup and who doesn't like staying cool in or on the water in summer

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