Monday , 10 May 2021
Lisa Folliott with a “laker” on the hook. Image credit: Angus Cockney.

No deadlines, no headlines – find your zen in Cold Lake

Jeremy Derksen for #TakeItToTheLake.

Here’s your invitation, and please share this with friends and family so they can come visit you this summer and/or for you to get out and renew yourself by getting close to the water; #TakeItToTheLake.

If you’re looking to take a break from the urban bustle, drifting along in a boat on Cold Lake with a line dropped in the water is hard to top. Not a cloud in the sky, nor wave in the water. The only traffic is a handful of boats floating in the bay, going nowhere fast. A gentle wave to other anglers says it all. Deadlines, headlines and lineups can all be blissfully forgotten.

Finding your zen on a fishing adventure on Cold Lake is simple enough, but just to make it even easier, here are a few tips for a stress-free, blissful break.

Hit the road and #TakeItToTheLake this summer, ZenSeekers has more to get you there, it’s all right here.

Book a guided fishing trip, for a worry-free day

From the moment you step on the boat with Angler’s Fishing Tours, there is nothing to worry about – all you have to do is wait for the fish to bite. Kim Grey does the rest. He’ll bring the rods, the lures and tackle. And best of all, he’ll guide you to the right place so you can relax and be in the moment.

Kim Grey at the wheel of his pontoon boat, headed for a fishing cove. Image credit: Angus Cockney.

Let the soothing waters of Cold Lake chill you out

Okay, forget the name, the lake is at best a couple degrees cooler than the average Alberta lake. But that just means it is extra effective at soothing those hot, weary muscles. For the adventurous, Wicked Watersports on Kinosoo Beach offers watercraft rentals and is one of only four certified flyboarding locations in Alberta. After a burst of activity in the sun, the Cold Lake M.D. Campground offers shade and seclusion to relax in.

Have a cozy place to retreat from the heat

If you prefer a retreat within walking distance to restaurants and the marina, Waterfront Harbour B&B provides comfortable quarters and scrumptious breakfasts right on Lakeshore Drive. If you prefer being away from the centre of the action, located just beyond the town limits is Evergreen Birch Lodge’s sprawling grounds and spacious rooms.

Lisa and Greg, taking it easy at Evergreen Birch Lodge. Image credit: Angus Cockney.

Take in a sunset on the water

At over 350 square kilometres, Cold Lake is big, yeah, really big – making for long horizons. When the sun dips into the lake, the colours are dramatic. And with the cooling effect of the waters, summer evening temperatures are just right.

View from the Cold Lake marina. Image credit: Angus Cockney.

It’s hard to beat the relaxed lakeside vibe, drifting on those cool waters, nary a cloud in the sky and no cares in the world.

“Getting out on the water, the tranquility of nature, is just something that gets in your blood,” says Cold Lake local, Greg Folliot. “What more do you want?”

Discovering Zen on Cold Lake – Get out on the water to escape deadlines, headlines and lineups.

Get out and find some space this summer; this is your invite to #TakeItToTheLake. Please share this story and for more ways to explore the area go to Zenseekers.com.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.