An urban community in the midst of rural Alberta, Cold Lake is surrounded by the natural beauty of its clear blue waters, to the rugged forest backdrop in close proximity. Get away from it all and back to nature here in Cold Lake, with its small-town feel and city amenities.
Read on for our tips on what to see and do in Cold Lake, the ‘hidden gem of Northeast Alberta’.
Embracing its historical past and the future, Cold Lake has fantastic places to see and kick back at!
There’s always something going on at Casino Dene. With over 250 slots and VLT machines, table games and poker tournaments, you can play, dine & stay at this Lakeland entertainment destination.
Looking to get a workout in? The Cold Lake Energy Centre has you covered. With its ice rinks, field house for pickleball and indoor soccer, an expanded fitness centre, & track field, there are options for everyone to get some exercise in! To refuel, you can grab food at in-building shops, Game Day Grill and Booster Juice. The Energy Centre located at 7825 – 51 Street is the Sticker Station in Cold Lake for the Roadtrip Adventure Game. Visit, play and enter to win while in Cold Lake. Get your Roadtrip Adventure Game sticker here! Click here for rules and how to get started on your roadtrip adventure!
At the Cold Lake Museums – it’s 4 museums in one! For an in-depth look into the deep and rich history of Cold Lake, the 4 themes provide a glimpse into what life was like in simpler but tougher times with amazing pictures in very well-kept galleries.
Like to get out on the water? Prefer to stay beachside? Hook, link & sink a fish for dinner? Venture to the trails? When it comes to the outdoors, there’s something for everyone in Cold Lake!
Did you know? Kinosoo Beach is one of Canada’s Top 25 Beaches as named by Canadian Geographic Magazine. Kinosoo Beach is a three-block stretch of fine sand on Cold Lakes North end. Here you will find the Splash Park, beach volleyball and basketball courts, a kids zip line, concession and Wicked Watersport rentals right on the beach.
With nature all-around, you’ve got your pick for great camping spots!
Want to the camping experience but be close to the city? Cold Lake M.D. Park is located on the edge of the city walking distance to Kinosoo Beach.
If you prefer to really be out in the woods, Crane Lake M.D. Park will be right up your alley. Or book a site at the picturesque Ethel Lake.
Looking for more camping info? Check out M.D. of Bonnyville & Cold Lake Campgrounds
There’s nothing like spending a day out on the water with the tranquil sounds of the lake completely surrounding you on Alberta’s seventh largest lake!
Along with operating as a bed and breakfast, Hamilton House can expertly get you out on the water with their Fishing Charters! With two boats and all the gear you need for a fishing rendezvous, they’ll give you an expert introduction – or refresher – to fishing.
Specializing in lures for fishing in Cold Lake, Anglers Bait Fishing Charters has everything you need to reel lunch in – read on below for more info!
At the marina, you can find fuel, a pump-out system, a sailboat lifting mast and fish cleaning station available for boaters. Fishing is allowed on the outside of the breakwater. Take an ice cream break after your jaunt along the lakeshore, or eat at any of the restaurants along the lakeshore and enjoy the view.
Named for the railroad and the “Iron Horse” that once cut through these lands, you can hike the terminus (or more if you’re feeling keen!) of the 300 km long Iron Horse Trail, that connects many of the local area gems and tourists attractions. Suitable for hikers, bikers, and ATVers, the trail is a popular way to experience the rugged nature of the area.
The Beaver River Trestle is an impressive highlight of the trail, spanning a 1/2 km long & 60 metres high! You can access it from Cold Lake via 3 km of the multi-use Trail or drive to the west end turning north off Highway 28 at the Y Road and parking at the trail access point. ATVers use the 300 km Iron Horse Trail to access countless kilometres of backcountry trails and cutlines that weave through the region’s rugged terrain.
Drink, Eat, Shop
Looking for a local favourite to grab a bite to eat?
Look no further than Picanté Café and enjoy a view of the lake, or Clark’s Eatery which has been providing quality dishes served with integrity for the past 30 years. Don’t forget to stop by the Cold Lake Brewing and Distilling, their beer and spirits are handmade with unique flavours. Nearby, the Lakeland Inn is a dining destination with two restaurants plus a sports bar and lounge, which should satisfy everyone in your party!
Forgot to pack clothes for the beach? Don’t worry, TNT Clothing has you covered! Offering surf apparel, accessories among other items, they’ve been a locally-owned staple in the Lakeland areas since 2002.
Whether you’re a new or an expert fisherman, you can count on the staff at Angler’s Bait, Tackle & More to take care of you. Perfectly matching their name, they’ve got everything you could need for a day on the lake; lures, jugs, hooks, & more so you can #TakeItToTheLake! They also operate fishing tours and can accommodate up to four people – perfect for a trip with friends. If you’re nice, local guide Kim Grey might even let you in on the legend of the Kinosoo of Cold Lake!
Rest, Restore, Renew, Reflect, Reconnect, Reset – that’s what a stay in Cold Lake means! Don’t take our word, come experience it for yourself!
Yes, you really can enjoy tranquillity & be 3 minutes east of Kinosoo Beach. Evergreen Birch Lodge and Morning Star Retreats are a sprawling 142 acre centre of peace and relaxation. Options include a main lodge and wheelchair accessible Birch Lodges, small cabins, and it’s a wonderful place where can go camping or glamping!
All guests have access to fire pits and wood (at no extra charge), pet-friendly walking trails past bird sanctuaries and horse pastures and free outdoor yard games, including horseshoes! These resorts are perfect if you’re looking to get away from it all.
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