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Residents get out on the water for a guided boat cruise

September 8th, 2021

Five residents from Points West Living Cold Lake recently got to enjoy the sunshine, fresh air and beautiful views of Cold Lake from the sheltered deck of a 30-foot Regal cruiser. They spent an hour touring out on the water, then returned to on shore, where they lingered to watch people enjoying the beach and marina.

Fun facts about Cold Lake, the lake

The boat tour was captained by the boat’s owner Russ Robertson, who shared lots of fun facts about the boat, the history of Cold Lake Marina, and the Cold Lake waterbody itself. The lake straddles Alberta and Saskatchewan and covers 373-square kilometers. It is almost 100-metres deep in places and is home to 24 species of fish. Kinosoo Beach was named one of Canada’s top 25 beaches by Canadian Geographic.

Back on the water

Resident Roger Duckett (right in above photo) spent many years sailing around Cold Lake, and was excited to get back on the water. He told Recreation Therapist Nikhil Raju that the boat tour was a great surprise, and it felt like he was “Livin’ the dream.”

“It was a lovely day in the sun with a cool breeze,” says Nik. “After the ride, residents enjoyed watching people fishing and kids swimming at Kinosoo beach.”

Embracing the unexpected

Nik says the outing was a wonderful example of Eden in action. “The fifth principal of the Eden Alternative is this,” he quotes, “‘We thrive when we have variety, spontaneity, and unexpected happenings in our lives. This is the antidote to boredom’.”

Photo: Residents George Arychuk (left) and Roger Duckett relax as they enjoy a boat cruise around Cold Lake, and viewing the sights and scenery around the City of Cold Lake. Joining them on the cruise were residents Michele Penner, Joyce Kiehl, and Ben (Emil) Benusic.

More photos at Flickr: Residents get out on the water for a guided boat cruise

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