Camp, play and eat ice cream

It’s high summer – time for eating ice cream, spending all day outside and cooling off in the lake. Less than 20 minutes straight west of Lacombe, you’ll find Gull Lake – home to one of Alberta’s best beaches for kids, a country market and family-friendly golf.

Image: exploring the interpretive trail at Aspen Beach from Lacombe Regional Tourism on Facebook.

Camp at Aspen Beach

Aspen Beach was the first provincial park in Alberta and has one of the best beaches in around. The white sand beach is long, soft and shallow for a long way out – and the concession serves your kids’ favourite foods: hot dogs, fries and ice cream. No wonder it’s packed with families during the hot summer.

The Brewer’s campground is located close to the main beach, has a huge playground and lovely non-power sites among the trees. Lakeview campground is a little higher up the lake with its own less-crowded beach, private sites – most with power hook-up – and a small boat launch for fishing on the lake. Gull Lake is full of northern pike and walleye, so plan ahead and bring your license.

An interpretive walkway winds through a nearby marsh – so you can explore the wetlands and search for water striders, frogs and beaver lodges.

Park your ride at Summerland

The Summerland Leisure Park is located in the summer village of Gull Lake – 2 km from the beach and along a safe 6-km bike path into the town of Bentley. This family-oriented RV park has a colourful new playground, 18-hole mini-golf course and driving range.

The well-spaced full-service camp spots are big enough to accommodate any size RV and have fire pits, picnic tables and free Wi-Fi. The park hosts birthday parties, corporate events and stags/stagettes – and for your next big family gathering, you might park yourselves here and rent the village’s community hall.

Shop and eat in Bentley

The town of Bentley is nestled among green fields and a warm shallow lake – and on a clear day you can see the Rockies just peeking up on the western horizon. The town has an annual summer fair and rodeo, cute country shops and a pioneer museum in a heritage farmhouse. Shop for farm-fresh food and hand-made crafts at the busy Bentley Farmer’s Market that runs every Saturday, 1:30–4 from May to the Sep long weekend. Read our recent blog all about the charming little town of Bentley.

Golf by the lake

Work on your short game at the Gull Lake golf course, a nine-hole par 3 course – 14 minutes north of Bentley on the northwest corner of the lake. The course takes less than two hours to complete – which leaves lots of time for lunch at the licensed clubhouse.

Since you can see the entire hole from every tee, this short course is ideal for beginners – you’ll learn how to play across contoured fairways, rolling greens and out of sand bunkers. And advanced golfers can glory in brag-worthy birdies among lovely lakeside views and a relaxed vibe.

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