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5 amazing places outside of Calgary to float the day away

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Tammy Bogdane Aug 03, 2017 4:18 am 4,166

Summer is here and the best way to spend the day is drifting in the water taking in the beautiful sunshine and scenery.

It’s a great way to relax and rejuvenate your soul. Here is a list of great places to float the day away outside of Calgary.

Ghost Lake

Only an hour west of the city, Ghost lake is a beautiful glacier fed man made lake off of the Bow River. This is an excellent choice for leisure afternoon floats, but be careful as motorized boats are also allowed on this lake.

  • Distance: 59 km from Calgary
  • Location: Ghost Lake, Alberta

Two Jack Lake

The turquoise water of Two Jack Lake is sure to leave you mesmerized. It is part of the Lake Minnewanka loop, but is separated from Lake Minnewanka by a dam. This lake is the smaller of the two sides, and does not allow motorized boats, so it makes for a calm afternoon drifting along the canal.

  • Distance: 127 km from Calgary
  • Location: Two Jack Lake, Alberta

Barrier Lake

Barrier Lake is a man made reservoir just an hour and twenty minutes west of Calgary. This lake is great for floating because it offer exceptional views of the surrounding mountains. This lake also allows motorized boats, so be mindful of your surroundings when you’re out there floating.

  • Distance: 84 km from Calgary
  • Location: Barrier Lake Reservior, Alberta

Lake Minnewanka

This lake is a huge tourist attraction because of its breathtaking beauty, but it also offers a variety of activities to outdoor enthusiasts. There are  motorized boats allowed on the water, but it is primarily used by canoes and kayaks, which makes this lake great for drifting.  You can paddle out to the middle and enjoy the relaxing drift back to the shore.

  • Distance: 94 km from Calgary
  • Location: Lake Minnewanka, Alberta

Red Deer Lake

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The furthest lake away from Calgary in comparison to the other lakes, but definitely worth the drive. Red Deer Lake is about two hours away from Calgary, as it is near Red Deer, but it is so beautiful. The lake is nestled around hills and trees making for a peaceful getaway.

  • Distance: 243 km from Calgary
  • Location: Red Deer Lake, Alberta

Summer is about adventures, family, friends and most importantly relaxation. Take some time to experience the therapeutic motion of floating in natural water in order to honour your mind, body and soul. Head out and begin your day of  bliss today!

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Tammy Bogdane
Tammy Bogdane studies public relations at Mount Royal University. After moving to YYC a few short years ago, she has embarked on a mission to discover all things Calgary. While not working or studying, you can find Tammy hanging with her French Bulldog, practicing yoga, running outside, volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters or spending time with her Calgary family.

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