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Where Calgary - - NEWS - BY RACHAEL FREY

BY RACHAEL FREY The ul­ti­mate list of wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties.

Boat­loads of Fun

When the weather heats up, Cal­gar­i­ans come out in droves with in­flat­able rafts to soak up the sun on a leisurely float down the Bow River. This beloved lo­cal pas­time can be dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate for some, but this year

The Pad­dle Sta­tion (page 40) has waded in to make it safer and more ac­ces­si­ble for all. From tents set up on the river’s banks, fun-seek­ers can rent rafts or kayaks that in­clude life­jack­ets S.S. Moyie on the Glen­more Reser­voir (they must be worn ac­cord­ing to city by­law), hel­mets, pad­dles, a dry bag, and a ves­sel safety kit. Start at Shouldice Park and float to ei­ther Prince’s Is­land or St. Pa­trick’s Is­land for a two to twoand-a-half hour trip, or try a half hour ride from Prince’s Is­land to St. Pa­trick’s Is­land. Then, take a shut­tle back to your ve­hi­cle. All fun, no has­sle.

GOOD TO KNOW: The Pad­dle Sta­tion only ac­cepts credit cards. It is il­le­gal to be in­tox­i­cated on the wa­ter or trans­port al­co­hol, and this law is ac­tively en­forced on the Bow.

Dip a Toe

If you find your­self in need of a re­fresh­ing break down­town, there are a cou­ple of places where you can treat your feet to a dip. St. Pa­trick’s Is­land (ev­ex­pe­ri­ence.com/patrick­island) fea­tures a nat­u­ral wad­ing area where the wa­ters from the Bow River are calm and shal­low, mak­ing for an ideal place to chill out and ex­plore. The park also has a new play­ground, pic­nic ar­eas, and na­ture zones. In the heart of down­town, you’ll find peo­ple of all ages and walks of life cool­ing their heels in

Olympic Plaza’s large, calf-deep re­flect­ing pool (228 - 8 Ave SE). Over at Eau Claire Plaza, there’s a wad­ing pool and an ad­ja­cent spray park that are wildly pop­u­lar with the un­der-10 crowd (3 St & River­front Ave SW).

GOOD TO KNOW: For a list of all mu­nic­i­pal wad­ing pools, spray parks, and out­door pools through­out the city, visit cal­gary.ca

Cruise Back in Time

In the 1800s (and in some cases, well into the 20th cen­tury), many parts of Al­berta and British Columbia were not ac­ces­si­ble by road or rail—

Cal­gary may be land-locked, but that doesn’t mean you have to re­sign your­self to stay­ing high and dry—there are plenty of unique ways to en­joy be­ing in, on, and around the wa­ter.

re­mote com­mu­ni­ties re­lied on stal­wart steamships to ferry gold-rush min­ers and set­tlers. Her­itage Park His­tor­i­cal Vil­lage’s (page 33) S.S. Moyie is a half­size replica of a pad­dle­wheeler that once tra­versed Koote­nay Lake. The park’s vis­i­tors can get a taste of by­gone times on a cap­tain’s cruise around Glen­more Reser­voir, Thurs­days be­tween July 20 and Au­gust 31. En­joy breath­tak­ing views of the Rocky Moun­tains along with gourmet hors d’oeu­vres, a se­lec­tion of beer and wines, and a live jazz band. GOOD TO KNOW: Her­itage Park is Canada’s largest liv­ing his­tory mu­seum, span­ning the early 1860s fur trade to the pe­tro­leum and au­to­mo­bile­dom­i­nated 1950s with au­then­tic, his­toric build­ings, cos­tumed in­ter­preters, and ex­cit­ing events.

Lo­cated about 10 kilo­me­tres west of Cal­gary, Cal­away

Park (page 33) is West­ern Canada’s largest out­door fam­ily amuse­ment park with more than 30 rides in­clud­ing the Vor­tex roller­coaster. But when it’s time to beat the heat, head for Tim­ber Falls—the sawmillthemed log ride in­cludes three high ve­loc­ity drops with splash­downs at the bot­tom and a zig-zag river sec­tion. If you have a bit of a com­pet­i­tive streak, jump into a Bumper Boat, which is a mo­tor­ized rub­ber tube that you can use to steer, bump, and spray your way to vic­tory. Shorter fun-seek­ers can pi­lot the Tot Yachts that cir­cle around a shal­low pool.

GOOD TO KNOW: Aside from the rides, Cal­away Park also of­fers games, live per­for­mances, food kiosks and restau­rants, and a 3D movie the­atre.

Lit­tle ones need to burn off some en­ergy, but the sun won’t come out to play? Suit them up any­way—they’ll have a scream dodg­ing waves and hurtling down wa­ter slides at Vil­lage Square Leisure Cen­tre (page 40) and South­land Leisure Cen­tre (page 40), Cal­gary’s in­door wa­ter parks. The wave pools are beach-style so they start off very shal­low and slowly get deeper, which is per­fect for wee waders. The cen­tres also fea­ture full gyms, fit­ness rooms, and weight rooms. South­land has ra­quet ball and squash courts, as well as a climb­ing wall. GOOD TO KNOW:

Both leisure cen­tres of­fer drop-in pro­grams for preschool­ers. Kids will play, learn, and be phys­i­cally ac­tive while par­ents ex­er­cise, take a class, or just hit the hot tub and steam room.

Go Jump in a Lake Catch a Wave

While Cal­gary isn’t ex­actly known for its sandy beaches and rip­pling lakes, there is one place where you can have it all within city lim­its.

Sikome Lake is a small, man-made lake in Cal­gary’s Fish Creek Provin­cial Park (al­ber­ta­parks.ca/fish-creek). Ringed by sand, it’s a pop­u­lar swim­ming hole for lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike. There are no life­guards on duty, and an adult must ac­com­pany chil­dren.

GOOD TO KNOW: Sikome is open 10 am to 7:30 pm (weather de­pen­dent) and there is a$2 - $5 fee per per­son to en­ter.

Wet 'n' Wild Rides

St. Pa­trick's Is­land

Sikome Lake

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