Alberta is famous for its mountains, not its beaches. However, it boats more than a few wonderful sandy spots to enjoy! On your next trip to the wilderness of Alberta, make it a point to stop at some of these beautiful lakeside beaches. From hidden glacial lakes to sandy ribbons in the heart of Alberta’s hills, you’ll love these beaches!


1. Herbert Lake. Allow yourself to be awed into silence by the views at Herbert Lake! On a calm day, this lake seems to turn to glass, reflecting the sky above and the majestic peaks of the surrounding mountains. If you want to get into nature and away from city life, this is the ideal place to go. Herbert Lake features many beaches along its coast, so you’ll have no problem locating a wonderful place to spend a beach day. If you make it here during 2017, you can get in free, since Canada Parks is offering free passes in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.


2. Devonshire Beach. Lesser Slave Lake is a lovely place to spend your vacation. The best beach here is Devonshire Beach, a popular spot for families with young kids – although the young at heart love it too. During the summer season, you can enjoy a dip in the cool water. From May to September, break out your fishing pole and try your hand at catching dinner. Visit in July to enter the sandcastle competition!


3. Sylvan Lake. This beautiful lake is located between Calgary and Edmonton. If you’re travelling to either of these places, why not stop for a day at Sylvan Lake? It’s well worth the time. You can enjoy a free day on the shore if you opt for picnicking and exploring, or make adventure out of it by trying out a jetpack! Flying above Sylvan Lake is an experience you won’t quickly forget.


4. Kinosoo Beach. Cold Lake may be cold in the winter, but the summer brings plenty of sunshine and warmth! Enjoy the summer season at this popular beach. There are many things to do here, including various watersports rentals. Kayaks are a common way to explore the lake and you can also rent a pedal boat. If you want to test the limits of your balance, get a paddle board! In case standing and paddling isn’t enough of a challenge for you, you can always try out a few yoga poses. Can you do a headstand?


5. Annette Lake. While some of the other beaches on this list are pretty popular with the crowds, Annette Lake isn’t particularly well-known. Find this hidden spot in the heart of Jasper National Park! Here, you can take a long walk down the wilderness trail around the lake or hang out on the soft sand. The water is glacial, so it is especially beautiful. It’s also cold! You can swim, but you’ll probably prefer to enjoy the lake from the beach.

No matter which of these beaches you choose to visit, CanadaStays can help you find a vacation rental nearby! Rent a cabin in Alberta within walking distance of your favourite Alberta beach! With hundreds of options, you’re sure to find a vacation home you love through CanadaStays. Check out the listing of Alberta vacation rentals on the CanadaStays website.


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