The town of Chestermere is well-known for its 2.65-sq. km. lake, which plays host to an array of water sports and other activities. Living close to a watering hole is a treat in itself. Add the various amenities in town and you have a place to retreat to after a hard day's work in nearby Calgary. If the lake's location seems too convenient, it’s probably because it had been carefully selected by those who created this water reservoir.
Chestermere Lake was built in the early 1900s to provide irrigation to farms and ranches around the area. Today, it still serves that original purpose, although the area it covers has shrunk in size. However, the lake makes for a good recreational spot, particularly to the approximately 15,000 residents of the mostly privately-owned land in the town of Chestermere.
As a small town, Chestermere offers a laid-back, quiet atmosphere--a serene respite from the bustle of Calgary city. In fact, the lands east of Calgary are dotted with lakes and reservoirs of various sizes and shapes, with Chestermere Lake being one of the biggest. A drive along the Trans-Canada Highway brings you to this little paradise.
The lake is also just as amazing in winter when it freezes over, as it is in summer. When the conditions are right, local authorities open a section of the frozen lake for skating.