Alberta is home to more than 600 freshwater lakes, so there’s no shortage when choosing a spot for your next water-based outdoor adventure. The majority of the lakes in this province can trace their formation back some 12,000 years, to the last glaciation. Lake Athabasca is the largest (7,850 square-kilometres) and deepest lake (124 metres) in Alberta, but it overlaps the provincial border with Saskatchewan. The largest lake that lies entirely within Alberta’s borders is Lake Claire (1,436 square-kilometres), which is located in the northeast corner of the province. Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park is the second-largest glacial-fed lake in the entire world. Lake Newell, near Brooks, boasts the warmest water temperatures in the province, making it an ideal spot for swimming. Whether you’re looking to swim or paddle, fish or dive, Alberta’s lakes have something for you. So while you’re waiting for your favourite lake to fully melt, why not explore this collection of historical photos featuring lakes from across this great province.
The photos above were collected from the Glenbow Archives. If you’re interested, additional information can be found for each photograph on the Glenbow website by searching the identification number that is printed on the photo. There is also the option to purchase a high resolution copy. Stay tuned for additional posts featuring historical photos from across Alberta. We’d love to know what you think on social media.
Tyler is originally from Saskatchewan, and yes he cheers for the Roughriders, but don’t hold that against him as Calgary has been his home for the past eight years. He is a teacher working at a wilderness-
based treatment program for youth working to overcome addiction. Tyler is also a volunteer with the GOT Parks initiative, which aims at reconnecting Canada’s youth with our national, provincial, and territorial parks. During his time away from work, Tyler enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and snowboarding, team sports, travelling, photography, spending time with good friends, and being at home with his wife and German Shepherd, Rome.
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