5 ideas for family fun this summer

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Summer is just around the corner and so are the school holidays, making it a great time to start planning some quality family time. Clairmont offers a wide range of activities that fit the bill.

Go camping

Always a hit, Clairmont enjoys close proximity to a wide range of excellent campgrounds and parks. As a family, you are probably going to want to go for the “vehicle access” as opposed to “backcountry” sites, and choosing campgrounds that take reservations rather than drop-ins is highly recommended.

Alberta.ca offers all the information you should need on fees, booking, camping rules and the amenities offered by specific parks. The Grand Prairie Tourism Association also provides a list of parks in the area and their current capacity. Looking for highlights? Bear Lake is great for watercraft and Pipestone Creek Campground is in one of the richest areas for dinosaur fossils in Canada.

Show up for an event

During the summer there is always something happening. Grand Prairie County has an events list on their website making it easy to find out what’s going on. Among the upcoming events are the 5th Annual County Open House on June 25th, where visitors can enjoy a free BBQ and a bouncy castle for the kids. In July, the 2015 World Jet Boat races are in town for those families who prefer more high-energy events.

Use the local community centres

Coca Cola Centre may be closed for most of June but the newly opened Crosslink County Sportsplex offers everything from drop-in skating and field games, to Parent & Tot sessions and bouncy castle days. For water-focused fun, Eastlink Centre is a must, having one of the largest aquatic centres in Canada. Water slides, a dino-themed water park and lazy rivers are some of what you’ll find.

Get outside

Grand Prairie Region has an abundance of Parks, but Muskoseepi Park is by far the most popular for outdoor activities. An extensive trail network offers plenty of scenic routes for walking, bird watching and biking, and family visits can also make use of the basketball, tennis, mini golf and playground facilities. Canada Day, Heritage Day and Municipal Government Day Celebrations are also held in the park.

Golf courses are another thing that Grand Prairie has no shortage of, and regardless of age or skill level, it can be a nice way to spend the day. For kids who are able to sit still, the region has plenty of great fishing spots with Clairmont Lake up there on the list.

Experience the region with a tour

Visitors and residents alike can enjoy a wide range of summer tours not far from Clairmont. Experience what the area has to offer by singing up for trips including hot air balloon rides with Sun Dance balloons, jet boat tours with Wild River Adventure Tours, or horse trekking adventures with a company of the same name. The Grand Prairie Rotary Club also offers award-winning tours of the city and county every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from June through August. Find out more about the tours in the visitor guide.

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