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More Than Just Mountains: Alberta Also Has Great Beaches!

From tranquil lakeside retreats to action-packed family fun, uncover fan favourites AND Alberta’s lesser-known beaches

Alberta is not the first place that comes to mind when you think of beaches, and the Alberta government once used a photo of a British beach in a $25-million campaign to promote Alberta destinations! 

The PC government of the time didn’t think our beaches were good enough to draw tourists.

Either that or they just didn’t get out much!

But we know better.

Our province is home to some truly stunning spots where you can soak up the sun, sand, and water without booking a flight to England.

From serene lakeside retreats to family-friendly havens, here are some of the top beaches in our province that you may not have even heard of yet!

Devonshire Beach

Tucked away in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park in Northern Alberta, Devonshire Beach is renowned for its pristine beauty and peaceful atmosphere!

Stretching over 1.5 kilometres, this sandy oasis with rolling dunes provides ample space for relaxation and exploration. 

Its remote location also allows you to enjoy the beach almost to yourself, especially on weekdays!

If you’re looking for a beach party, plan your vacation for the 2nd annual Summer Beach Fest at the beach on August 10 and 11. 

The event will have two days of fun for the whole family, featuring an amazing sandcastle competition.

Devonshire Beach Alberta
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Prairie Oasis Park

Prairie Oasis Park, just twenty minutes south of Hanna, is a haven for families seeking relaxation and recreation. 

The beach’s clean, warm water invites swimmers to enjoy a refreshing dip, while the day-use area offers a playground, basketball courts, concession, store, floating docks, and more. 

But if you’re into camping, 100 spacious, serviced sites are perfect for trailers and RVs. Easy access to a boat launch and marina with a fuel station makes this a boat friendly place to visit. 

If you tire of swimming, biking and hiking trails wind through the park.

What more could you ask for?

Prairie Oasis Park

Lac La Biche at Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park

Even born and bred Albertans may be unaware you can camp on an island in this province! 

But Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park gives you that chance! A pair of Islands In Lake La Biche offers the complete package.

Choose between tenting, comfort camping in cabins or tipis, or enjoy a day at the sandy beaches with kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding opportunities. 

Kayak, canoe, and SUP rentals are available on both islands.

Numerous scenic trails wind through 300-year-old birch trees, offering glimpses of Alberta’s rich natural heritage.

While you’re visiting, check out the park’s programming, which includes guided nature walks, boardwalk yoga, and Indigenous cultural experiences, such as crafts, bannock-making, and storytelling.Come for the beaches, stay for all the other opportunities!

Sir Winston Chruchill Provincial Park
Government of Alberta

Kinosoo Beach

Named one of Canada’s top 25 beaches by Canadian Geographic Magazine, Kinosoo Beach at Cold Lake is not to be missed.

More than just sun and sand—it’s a hub of recreational activities. 

Families can indulge in a splash park, beach volleyball, playgrounds, and picnic areas. The cherry on top of all this goodness is the famous zip line! Adventurers can zoom right into the water for a thrilling experience. 

The beach also offers rentals for paddle boards, kayaks, and other water sports equipment, ensuring a day packed with excitement and relaxation.

Kinosoo Beach
Alberta Mamas and Travel Alberta

Ma-Me-O Beach

Situated on Pigeon Lake southwest of Edmonton, Ma-Me-O Beach is ideal for families with its shallow, clear swimming areas and white sand beach.

The beach features a playground, public washrooms, and picnic areas, making it an easy choice for a day out. 

Nearby, Pigeon Lake Provincial Park Beach offers additional opportunities for exploration and relaxation in the charming Village at Pigeon Lake.

Ma-Me-O Beach

Wabamun Lake

Less than an hour west of Edmonton, “Wabamun” Lake comes from a Cree word that means “looking glass,” it was well named!

It offers a wide sandy beach with a grassy picnic area, a shallow swimming area, and a beautiful campground perfect for families. 

The beach is complemented by playgrounds, a boat launch, and docks. The Village of Wabamun provides additional amenities, including restaurants, an art gallery and shops to stroll through!

Alberta Parks
Alberta Parks

Alberta Beach

The SEO on this one can’t be beat, and if you’re looking for a beach with warm(er) water, it’s a great bet.

A fan favourite set on Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta Beach is a peaceful retreat 60km west of Edmonton. 

Full of atmosphere, this beach hosts family-focused events such as Polly Days and Canada Day celebrations, offering a quaint village community vibe with opportunities for relaxation and community festivities.

Alberta Beach

Lund’s Point Beach

At Cold Lake Provincial Park, Lund’s Point Beach, with its white sand and crystal-clear waters, can’t be beaten. 

It’s also surrounded by hiking opportunities!

Nature lovers can explore nearby Hall’s Lagoon, known for bird-watching opportunities, pelicans, cormorants loons, grebes—and a ton of dragonflies.

If you like it enough to set up a tent, the park offers campsites and walk-in tenting sites for extended stays amidst natural beauty.

Long Island Lake Beach

Approximately 90 minutes north of Edmonton, you can practically hear Long Island Lake Beach calling with its large sandy beach and family-friendly amenities. 

The beach features a playground directly on the sand, making it perfect for children to enjoy. 

Soft sand and shallow waters create an inviting environment for beachgoers of all ages.

Long Island Lake Beach

Sylvan Lake

And last but certainly not least, the one and only Sylvan Lake! 

AMA Travel has recognized it as one of Western Canada’s top beaches due to its crystal-clear waters and expansive sandy beaches. 

Smack dab between Calgary and Edmonton, Sylvan Lake offers a lively atmosphere with buskers, food trucks, and beach vendors adding to the festive vibe.

The recently expanded Sylvan Lake AquaSplash features thrilling water park activities like climbing structures and trampolines over the water, catering to both adrenaline junkies and families seeking fun in the sun.

Sylvan Lake AquaSplash
Visit Central Alberta

Alberta’s beaches may not have ocean waves or British fish-n-chip shops, but they offer an array of experiences that cater to every beachgoer’s preference. 

Whether looking for a peaceful retreat by the lake, a fun-filled day of activities, or a family-friendly outing, these beaches showcase the best of Alberta’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities. 

So, pack your sunscreen and beach gear—plenty of sun, sand, and fun is waiting for you to explore!

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