Pine Lake Leisure’s Barry Ellard and resort manager Darcy Dubois welcome guests to the Central Alberta resort.

Four reasons to soak up summer in your own lake-side get-away

Swim, fish, boat or simply relax at your own lake-side retreat

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After 43 years of summering at Pine Lake Leisure, the sun still shines bright on Barry Ellard’s favourite swimming hole.

First discovering the resort with his parents as a holiday destination just 90 minutes from their Calgary home, over the years Barry would welcome his children and grandchildren, extended family and friends new and old to the family resort.

Now retired, Barry continues to enjoy Pine Lake, both as a summer resident and as maintenance lead, while his wife welcomes guests and visitors part-time at the front gate.

“It’s a safe place and the kids just love it here – there’s lots for them to do and they just have fun,” Barry says, reflecting on the family and friends who have joined them in creating memories at Pine Lake over the years. “We have so many wonderful friends who have come into our lives here.”

1. Your personal summer getaway

During weekend escapes and multi-week visits, your roomy, full-service spot is yours for the summer, offering you ample opportunity to enjoy the lakeside camping experience without having to hitch up your RV every time, says Mark Bourree, regional manager. Simply set up once and get away as often as you like from now until September. Once the season is over, your RV and boat stay on-site through winter, overseen by the year-round resident manager.

2. Beautiful natural setting

As the name suggests, the leisure park enjoys a beautifully treed setting on the sandy shores of Pine Lake, where swimming and water sports are among the most popular activities. An on-site marina means boating is a breeze or cast your line for pike and pickerel from your boat or one of three fishing docks.

3. Be as busy – or not – as you like

From watersports on the lake – including August’s annual “air chair” competition – a swimming pool and a host of family-fun activities ranging from crafts to capture-the-flag, there’s lots on the summer calendar. But one of Pine Lake’s best features is the option for parents to simply relax while kids explore and enjoy 107 acres of beautiful natural environment, Barry says.

4. Easily accessed in the heart of Alberta

A little over half-way between Edmonton and Calgary, Pine Lake is just 30 minutes from Red Deer, 90 minutes from Calgary and two hours from Edmonton. And when family and friends want to visit, rentable cabins are available on-site. “It’s basically the cabin at the lake, easily accessed from the regional centres,” Mark says. “Come out and have some fun this summer!”


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