Distracted by the picture perfect scenery of the yellow canola fields as they contrasted against the bright indigo blue sky, we drove through rural range Alberta roads to Pine Lake, and the Spruce Bay Summer Resort. Sasha hadn’t been camping since she was a kid, and her and her sister went on an adventure to explore the Canadian Badlands region. One of their biggest adventures? Trying to get into their tent…

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Spruce Bay Summer Resort has been family owned and operated since 1946, offering guests the perfect place to take a “tent” down memory lane, one campfire at a time. Located on the picturesque Pine Lake, and only a short 35 minutes south east of Red Deer, Spruce Bay Summer Resort is the perfect campground for those looking to escape for a few days.  From roasting marshmallows for s’mores to renting a paddle boat and touring around the lake, to sandcastle competitions on the beach, this resort is where to go to both relive your own childhood summers and create some brand new family memories too.

Hey Youtube, Can You Set Up My Tent?

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A green and lush campsite welcomed us when we arrived at 8:30 pm that night, which meant two things, we had a beautiful little spot to set up our tent ,and limited time to do so.  It’s been awhile since I’ve had to set up a tent (read: never), so if you’re in a similar boat I would recommend arriving earlier to give yourself time before it gets dark. We managed (with the help of YouTube) to beat sunset which gave us plenty of time to enjoy a charcuterie board on the picnic table and s’mores by the fire pit. It made for lots of laughs and even better instastories.

Campfires Encouraged

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There’s nothing like bonding with your sister around a campfire. Snuggling close to the fire, quality conversations with no interruptions, the smell of smoke in your hair, and sticky fingers from your after dinner s’mores. Whether you’re 3 or 30, life is simply better when you’re with your family around a campfire. Spruce Bay has firewood for sale in their general store if you need to purchase some (or you can bring your own).

Morning Sunrises On The Beach

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One of our favorite moments at Spruce Bay was waking up early and enjoying our coffee on the dock. The lake was as smooth as glass, and the uninterrupted beauty of the sun reflecting off the water gave us time to walk up and down the dock, take photos, and bask in the warm sun.

Paddle & Motor Boats

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Getting out on the water is easy at Spruce Bay Resort, with a variety of boats available for rent. Choose between horsepowers, by renting man powered paddle boats and row boats, or motor boats if you’re looking to go a little faster!

Playground & Sandy Beaches

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The beach is the perfect place to build memories. All you need is a kids imagination, a couple buckets, and a shovel and this beautiful beachside can become anything your heart desires. Spend your day building sandcastle creations, and running into the lake to cool off in between modeling sessions. Check out this throwback photo that we found of families playing at Spruce Bay

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Photo credit Spruce Bay Summer Resort

General Store

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Do you remember being a kid racing down to the local general store with a hand full of change that Dad dug out of his pocket? You’d run as fast as your legs could carry you and head straight for the 5 cent candies, making the difficult decision of which ones to pull out and drop in your brown paper bag. Pass along this tradition at Spruce Bay  general store which was made for little people to explore. Adults will love the store too, stocked with all the essentials (and items you may have forgotten at home!)

Washrooms

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Digging in the sand, swimming in the lake, and campfire hair, as wonderful as it is to spend the day outdoors, there’s nothing like showering off and having nice facilities to do it in before you snuggle into your tent!

Please Come Again

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If you want to hit the “Back” button on life, then camping and lake activities with the whole family at the Spruce Bay Summer Resort is where you should look to reserve your next summer vacation. To learn more about Spruce Bay or book your own trip to this great Canadian Badlands destination please visit their website.

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Is this a sponsored post?: While we were graciously hosted by the Spruce Bay Summer Resort, our opinions, experiences and photos are our own.