Wanted: a few good swims

Brownian reminded me that I was in Edmonton for three days and didn’t go to the World Waterpark. In fact, we drove halfway across Canada and back this summer and only swam once.

I was in Penticton and didn’t float from Lake Okanagan to Lake Skaha.

Lake Okanagan canal float

Or in Lake Skaha…

a lake with kayakers and swimmers

Lake Skaha, BC

Or in Lake Okanagan…

Lake Okanagan, BC, with smoke from forest fires

Or any of the other lakes around there, for that matter.

A small lake in the Okanagan Valley

I was at West Hawk Lake in Manitoba and didn’t swim in the deepest lake in the province, which happens to be a meteor crater.

West Hawk Lake, MB

I was at the Little Britt Inn and didn’t swim in the river, which has otters.

a river, dock, and boathouse

The dock at Little Britt Inn

We stayed in both Wawa & Rossport and didn’t set toe in Lake Superior (which was 9 degrees C above its usual frigid temperature).

Lake Superior with some islands

We visited the salt lakes in Saskatchewan and didn’t swim with the brine shrimp and avocets.

Chaplin Lake, Saskatchewan

…in Massey and didn’t swim in Georgian Bay.

North of Manitoulin Island

Our hotel in Brandon had a pool with a spiral water slide and we just went to bed and slept.

We were  in Lake Louise for lunch and opted for a walk instead of a dip.

Lake Louise in the summer

We bypassed a mountain stream, a glacial river, hot springs, a community pool, and innumerable flooded sloughs in the Prairies, which unusually had water everywhere.

Prairie slough between Swift Current SK and Lethbridge AB

There were a lot of sloughs.

a slough in Saskatchewan

And a lot of inviting rivers…

Similkameen River or Allison Creek

(Well, OK, I would have skipped the glacial river anyway. They’re cold!)

A river with a glacier as its source

It was just rush, rush, rush. We’re just going to have to do it all over again, slowly, with more and earlier stops so we can swim.

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5 Responses to “Wanted: a few good swims”

  1. Don Hutton Says:

    If this is Tuesday, it must be Paris.

  2. 'Tis Himself Says:

    I’m mildly curious about the car in the slough. Was it put there on purpose or did someone have a major oops?

    • monado Says:

      We were just passing by. My guess is, “teenagers.” The Prairies had unusually heavy rains this year and everywhere we went there was water. We saw fence-posts and sometimes trees standing in water, so I don’t know how much of the year there’s water there. Most of those ponds had ducks and coots in them, too: they were obviously enjoying their expanded (or prolonged) habitat.


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