#TakeItToTheLake

TakeItToTheLake

#TakeItToTheLake

Alberta’s North East is home to transformative travel experiences.  It’s where you will find Alberta’s only island based provincial park, history that goes back many millennia and communities bursting with entrepreneurs making these towns happening destinations. 

#TakeItToTheLake

Alberta’s North East is home to transformative travel experiences.  It’s where you will find Alberta’s only island based provincial park, history that goes back many millennia and communities bursting with entrepreneurs making these towns happening destinations. 

This summer, you are invited to experience the beauty of the boreal and the crystal clear lakes of northeast Alberta. All destinations are a beautiful and scenic drive, 2 to 4 hours from Edmonton or Lloydminster.
 
ZenSeekers has partnered with the MD of Bonnyville, Lac La Biche County, The Town of Vermilion, Athabasca County, Travel Alberta and experienced local operators who are waiting to take you on adventures and expeditions.


#TakeitToTheLake will inspire you to get out and explore the communities of Bonnyville, Vermilion, Lac La Biche, Cold Lake, Athabasca and everywhere in between!
 
We encourage you to share any of our stories below. Explore what’s possible via ZenSeekers videos and stories so can make the call to #TakeItToTheLake this summer.
 
Learn more what each of these communities has in store:

Lac La Biche tourism page

MD Of Bonnyville

The Town of Vermilion under visiting

Athabasca County

Don’t forget to use Facebook Check-in when you are visiting, and remember to tag each post and photo with #TakeItToTheLake – as you could be featured on ZenSeekers social media channels and those of our partners above!

Stories

It’s incredible when you start to think about how many different activities involve water. That might be skiing or snowboarding in the winter, to paddle boarding, kayaking or flyboarding in the summer. What is Flyboarding? If you guessed snowboarding and flying, you are right. But now the question is, are you ready to try it?

Splitting cracks echo in the poplar woods around us, as John Ritchie and Winston and Christina Desjarlais break long sticks down to uniform size to begin the structural supports of a lean-to shelter. Using the sticks they form tripod supports, one on each end, to prop up the cross beam.

Ever eaten a fire ant? That’s the question Dragan Uzelac has posed to Maranda Cardinal and her friend Taissya Reutov. The two women pause, unsure if Uzelac is joking. He’s not.

Athabasca, AB - Glenda Gray points and shouts to get our attention as a pod of pelicans simultaneously takes flight from a nest of driftwood floating close to shore. For the next minute or so we are treated to soaring views of the birds in flight formation as Darcy Zelman guides the jetboat alongside.

An adventure therapist. Could that be your new career goal?

It’s not every day that someone can paddle their way around history. But you can in Lac La Biche, home to one of Canada’s most unique provincial parks, Sir Winston Churchill Park, Alberta’s only campground that is on an island.

How did a community in central-east Alberta score a manmade lake that would go on to make the region a prime spot for a Provincial Park?

Crane Lake, M.D. of Bonnyville - We all know we need more happy in our lives and you can find it on the lakes within the M.D. of Bonnyville.

“I think we can get a bit closer,” Jamie says, and we paddle as silently as we can towards a huge American pelican. Soon, we are just metres away from the giant bird, and he looks at us curiously wondering what we’re up to.

As we cross the causeway to Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park’s Big Island, we stop to admire the view. Sunshine glints off the water and fishing boats, while cyclists cross the causeway. On the island road, the truck in front of us pulls over and waves us on.

The pike’s tail thrashes, splashing the sides of the boat. It’s a strong 10-pounder and it’s putting up a fight. This is the eighth fish on our lines in less than an hour but it’s my first. Not just my first today; it’s my first ever.

#TakeItToTheLake My heart thumps rapidly as I start the Sea-Doo’s ignition. It’s my first time jet skiing and I’m excited, but a little nervous. After the safety talk, I wonder if I should be wearing a wetsuit, or if I’m going to fall off, then relax as I look around the lake. The sun is shining, the lake is placid, and the water is warm. We couldn’t ask for a better day to go jet skiing.

Tendrils of smoke curl from the kindling I’ve just set alight. Soon, the slow burning embers ignite and tiny dragon tongues lick the sky. Shawn Perry sets a pot over the fire, preparing to make tea from the leaves we’ve just harvested.

Flying high over the waves, Nathalie Senez takes a plunging dive. Momentarily, she pops up again. Mere seconds later she’s back in the air. Senez is a talented athlete, no doubt, but she’s no superhero - she’s a flyboarder.

Brian Hamilton, our captain, tells the tale of the Kinosoo, or “big fish” for which Cold Lake is named. Legend has it that a giant fish bit a Dene warrior’s canoe in two as he paddled across French Bay to see his beloved.

Frogs hop under fern leaves as trembling aspen whisper above. Sun filters through the high forest canopy as the breeze stirs the treetops, sight and sound combined bringing to mind a sense of shimmering.

The safest water adventures are the smartest ones. When you plan to head out, Canada’s authority on playing it right, AdventureSmart reminds you to follow the 3 Ts of safety for any paddling getaway this summer

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