Cold Lake Travel Guide

  • A great place for water activities.
    A great place for water activities.
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  • Cold Lake sunset
    Cold Lake sunset
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  • Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffin at Cold Lake
    Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffin at Cold...
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Cold Lake Highlights

  • Pro
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    Bwana_Brown says…

     Lot's of outdoor activities close at hand 

  • Con
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     no bus service available 

  • In a nutshell
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    Fasulye says…

     Nice place to visit, not sure I'd want to live there in the winter! 

Cold Lake Things to Do

  • There are other options in winter!

    Cold Lake did not get its name by accident - for a good seven months of the year it is not a warm place in which to be living! During the last visit by my wife and I, in the final week of December, 2007 we finally encountered what it was like to be in Cold Lake during the start of a Canadian winter. The weather was actually quite nice - no major...

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  • Another Part of Cold Lake Provincial...

    On our second visit to Cold Lake, it turned out that we were there on July 1, which happens to be both Canada's birthday (139th) and our son-in-laws! It started out as a sunny day, so we decided that some swimming in the lake itself was in order. Kevin had access to a rustic old Air Force-owned cabin in a more remote part of Cold Lake Provincial...

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  • Cold Lake Marina

    The actual lake spans the Alberta-Saskatchewan border with its pristine waters, providing a great playground for boating and swimming in the summer. In addition to the water activities, this area is home to over 200 bird species. During those long cold winter months, you can pass the time ice-fishing, snowmobiling or cross-country skiing!In this...

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  • French Bay

    ..is located at Cold Lake Provincial Park. It is nature at its best. Beautiful beaches and gorgeous sunsets and a calmness that is unmeasurable. All you hear are the noises the birds make ...There are however firepits as well where we roasted our wieners and marshmellows.French bay is also the location for some nice Indian Lore, of KINOSOO, the...

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  • Boating Tranquilitiy

    As I wandered along the shoreline in Cold Lake Provincial Park, I came across these two gentlemen getting ready to set off for a short paddle. One of them was visiting from Toronto and his relative, a member of the Base, was taking him out for some bird-watching.I was curious regarding their small one-man type craft - it was neither kayak nor...

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  • Cold Lake Provincial Park

    Located practically within the outskirts of town (only 3 km or 2 miles away), Cold Lake Provincial Park (opened in July, 1983) provides a great place to enjoy the wilderness of Canada without any great hassles. I took a leisurely drive through it on a 12 C and sunny day to see what it had to offer.Whether you are on land or the water, there are...

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Cold Lake Restaurants

  • Best Pizza!

    We were advised about 3 great places to have pizza. This was the second of the three and we never got to try the 3rd which says a lot about how much we favour this store. The service has been great (all but once) and the delivery time is usually estimated to be within 45 minutes to my place. The food always arrives piping hot and thanks to debit at...

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  • Yum!

    Friends had raved about the food at Dairy King and so, one evening we dropped in to see what was on the menu. The staff were warm and welcoming from the start and the menu showed a wide variety of edible goodies. Since it is so rare to find donairs (well.. good ones) in the area, we opted to try those with some of their fries and a milkshake. The...

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  • There are better places to eat!

    After seeing the commercial on TV about their great offers, we decided to give our local store a try. The parking lot was pretty iced over but in winter it's expected here. The inside of the store was very clean and impressed me from the start. The staff were busy doing their own thing (which involved standing around holding a mop and chatting with...

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  • Home Cooking is Hard to Beat

    The day after our lakeside swim, we decided to take advantage of the sunny weather by having a traditional Canadian backyard barbeque. Our daughter and son-in-law have a large deck that suited our needs perfectly, and his sister was also on-hand to join in on the festivities. We prepared a whole bunch of brochettes, with half featuring shrimp and...

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  • A Classic Canadian Fast-food Chain

    The American & Western (A&W) chain of fast food restaurants was actually started in western Canada 50 years ago, and now spans the country. Their original restaurants were drive-in affairs where you parked your car under large awnings and the food and drinks were brought out to you, served on trays that attached to the roll-down car windows. The...

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  • Great Pizza!

    Although we were royally fed by our hosts, we decided to take some of the pressure off by ordering take-out pizza from Panago one night.This is a chain that I had not heard of or seen before in the far east of Canada, maybe I just lead a secluded life? The bottom line is, I was very impressed with the flavour and quality of their pizzas! We...

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Cold Lake Nightlife

  • Starz

    Starz nightclub has a very friendly atmosphere. A great place to party with friends or just go to have a drink the staff is always friendly and willing to talk. come as you are

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  • Starz

    A great place to begin the night, but I wouldn't stay too long.The bouncer there was a real jerk. He kicked out many people for just dis-agreeing with him. When we were ready to leave, we told him what we thought of the place, and he 'let' us out as well.

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  • Legends

    We came here earlier in the night, and it was dead. So we had a few beers and went over to Starz.But then, there was a flood of people that came in around midnight. It was packed until closing time.

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Cold Lake Transportation

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    Budget Rental Echo

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 4, 2004

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    For our 10-day drive around Alberta, I booked a rental car from Budget about a month before our trip began. I seemed to get a pretty good deal on a Compact, unlimited mileage car with a total price of US$270, taxes included.

    At the time that I booked the car, I did not know that we would be taking a 3rd large suitcase with us filled with various gifts for our children and grandchildren, with Christmas not too far off! When we were at the rental counter, the lady mentioned that I should maybe upgrade to something larger, like a Ford Explorer in case we needed more room. She almost sucked me in, but when she quoted the price as being US$400, I decided to stick with the smaller Toyota Echo. As it turned out, the car has a huge trunk with no problem taking the three suitcases as well as a few other carry-ons!

    It was also fantastic on gas consumption and handy for driving and parking in downtown Calgary! No complaints at all.

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Cold Lake Shopping

  • No Shortage of Shopping!

    Since we were in the area, it made sense to buy a few Christmas gifts then instead of shipping them all the way from Eastern Canada a couple of months down the road. As a result, we made few rounds of the stores. The mall area pictured here contained the local Canadian Tire, Zellers, Pizza Hut and IGA department store, as well as the Garden Market....

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  • Beer & Wine Supplies

    My son-in-law's father and his wife timed their visit to coincide with ours, so there was a bit of partying going on! Since my daughter had just recently started part-time work in a local store, it turned out to be very handy for us when we needed to replenish the wine and beer stocks! We had some Wildcat beer from western Canada, counterbalanced...

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Cold Lake Warnings and Dangers

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    Lightning-caused forest fire at Cold Lake 1 more image

    by Bwana_Brown Written Jul 3, 2006

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    Another great day, hitting 28 C, forced us to consider a trip to the beach located just a short drive from our daughter's house, in the town of Cold Lake itself. We and the kids had a great time splashing around in the water and also playing a game of pick-up basketball. However, across the lake on the eastern side, we could see a large dark grey mass of air building up in the early evening as a result of the hot daytime temperatures. It was not long before we noticed a distant lightning stroke, straight down from the heavens to the ground. Very soon afterward, flames were visible, even though we were miles away, as smoke rose from a sudden forest fire along the Saskatchewan side of Cold Lake. This photo was taken about 2 hours later as the fire had grown and it looks like water bombers will have to be called in.

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Cold Lake Off The Beaten Path

  • I'm On My Way Down!

    With our inside contact, we were able to obtain the necessary security passes to have access to the Base itself. Here, we were treated to a walk-through of one of the main hangers as well as a runway view of several of Canada's current front-line fighter, the CF-18 Hornet, taking off and performing various manouevers!Then, it was into the special...

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  • Into the Breach!

    Cold Lake is a slightly different posting for SARTechs as compared to the other bases in Canada. Here, the main role is to assist in the event of problems with miltary aircraft using the huge demarcated firing and training ranges north of the Base. Since there is generally no need for Ocean or Arctic work, the squad here is equipped with much...

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  • The New Kid on the Block

    In the last two years, the new Westland-Augusta 'Cormorant' helicopter has been brought into-service, leading to the phase-out of the 'Labrador' in the summer of 2004.Although with only one main rotor, these new twin-engine helicopters are far ahead of the old Labs in their operational performance: Speed 145 knts (105 Lab), Hover Altitude 8000 ft...

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Cold Lake Favorites

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    Cold Lake Location

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Located east and slightly north of Edmonton, Cold Lake is only a few kilometers from the Saskatchewan border.

    Since we had daughters to see in both Cold Lake and Calgary, to the south, we flew into Edmonton, at the junction of the 'red' roads near the centre of the Province. From there our journey first took us east for a few days visitation before we then headed almost due south along the Saskatchewan border before turning straight west for Calgary located close to the Rocky Mountains on the border with British Columbia.

    Altogether, we put about 2000 km (1300 miles on the car).

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