2021 Blogs

A Vacation Property vs. A Seasonal Camping Lot in Alberta

If you love the outdoors and spending time with the fresh air and the sky, it’s not surprising if you’ve been researching vacation homes or even seasonal camping lots across the province. But what’s the benefit to either choice when looking to purchase in Alberta? We’ve compiled a pros and cons list of a vacation property vs. a seasonal camping lot in Alberta to help you decide what works best for you and your family!


Vacation Property

  • You have an additional property to manage and rent if you choose, meaning you’ll be taking care of another set of utilities, property taxes, etc
  • There’s always a place for you to take the kids for a weekend
  • It’s easier to host a girls weekend, a bachelor party, or a fishing trip, if you’ve purchased lake property
  • With a vacation property, you have the potential for a retirement home
  • Depending on the location of your property, it can become inaccessible in winter or you’ll need to invest in snow clearing
  • Owning a vacation home in the province makes it easier to access and frequent for getaways from the bustle of Edmonton or Calgary


Seasonal Camping Lot

  • Ideal for those that love the allure of camping
  • You won’t have to wait for an available campsite or book in advance, there’s always a spot available to you
  • It isn’t as costly as maintaining another property 
  • Perfect for those looking to park their rig without having to rent the space
  • Depending on where you look in Alberta, the prices can vary considerably 
  • You may have to invest in amenities 
  • Taxes and fees are either annual or monthly and can also vary greatly
  • Some purchase for year-round living while others use it as a vacation home
  • It’s easy to get away from the city, even for just a night, if your lot is close


It all depends on your personal preference and what you’re looking for out of your home away from home. Depending on what you’re willing to spend, you are sure to find something that will fit with your dream. Here at Gleniffer Lake Resort and Country Club, we’ve got both vacation properties and seasonal camping lots available for sale or rent. If you’re not quite sure you’re ready to purchase, come on down anyway and rent one of our gorgeous rental properties to experience Gleniffer Lake yourself.

2021 Blogs

Introducing Tracy Hirsch, the newest agent at Paradise Realty!

We are so excited to announce the newest addition to our sales team and Paradise Realty family, Tracy Hirsch! Tracy has over 20 years of experience in the sales industry and her enthusiasm for realty has brought her to the shores of our favourite little slice of Alberta heaven, Gleniffer Lake Resort! We would love to introduce you to Tracy!


When Tracy and her husband decided they wanted to invest in a “lake place,” they had no idea how hard they would fall for the friendly community of Gleniffer Lake. “We did a lot of research, a lot of touring and had many boxes that needed to be checked before we would decide where we would invest. From the moment we saw the beautiful Gleniffer Lake arch and the gorgeous winding road, we fell in love. Little did we know that arch would become our relaxation checkpoint for many years to come!” 


Tracy’s true love has always been properties and decorating both inside and out, but most of all her passion is people and connection. With this in mind, she decided to do something just for her, and that was to get her realtor license! She obtained her license while still working full time and raising a family with her husband, determined to reach her goal. “I was strictly doing this for myself and fulfilling a dream I always had. While I enjoyed the lake, I admired Diane and Carla and the job they were doing around the resort. They are professional, very involved in the community and have built such special relationships with people around the resort. Plus, who wouldn’t want to sell and share their favourite place with everyone and anyone?”


We are delighted to welcome Tracy to our team and we can’t wait for the community to get to know our newest agent better! “You can find me on the lake, near the lake or enjoying many of the events around the resorts with my husband and kids! My parents and any one of my five siblings and their families join us on the resort often and you’ll be seeing us walking our brand new puppy around the resort too! Feel free to stop me anytime for a chat or a pet for the pup. Just don’t laugh at me if you see me on the golf course as I am a horrible golfer! This is a dream come true and I can’t wait to share this amazing resort with everyone! Looking forward to meeting all of you!”



When making a property investment, you not only have to consider your own financial portfolio but also the health of the economy. Fortunately, a weak Canadian dollar might not be a conversation stopper, especially when that conversation turns to dreams of owning some lakefront property or a weekend getaway. There are numerous reasons why investing in Canadian realty during an economic slump is actually a smart decision.

A Penny Spent Locally is a Penny Improved

The Canadian penny may be a distant copper-coated memory, but the Canadian dollar is still here, and it needs our help. Buying property locally isn’t just making an excellent investment for yourself, it’s also investing in the Canadian economy, which is just being a good neighbour. The Canadian economy gains power when people buy and sell products and services within Canada. By spending your hard-earned loonies at home, you help to keep money in our economy which aids in its recovery. That means not only will your real-estate purchase help the economy, but every time you purchase gas or snacks for the drive instead of flying to the States, you’ll be helping some more.

Home That Isn’t Far from Home.

Long-distance travel isn’t just fodder for stand-up comedy; it’s expensive, it emits tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year, there are people’s kids crying, and people complaining about your crying kids. By getting a weekend getaway in your home country, you can get away from all that noise, and the money you save can be pumped right back into the Canadian economy. Gleniffer Lake is two hours away or less from Alberta’s largest cities, so you’ll never complain that your weekend is already over by the time you fly out. Instead, you can take the hours you would have wasted sitting in an airport, and spend them boating, golfing, basketballing, and beach volleyball tossing.

Taking advantage of the Canadian dollar may sound like you aren’t doing your local currency any favours, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Every purchase in Canada helps Canada. Besides helping to grow the economy, buying your perfect weekend getaway at Gleniffer Lake reduces both your travel times and expenses. Don’t be scared of a bargain, Gleniffer Lake is the perfect vacation spot.


Gleniffer Lake: A Vacation Home that Couldn’t be More Heavenly

Owning a home by the water is a dream almost anyone can identify with, even if it’s only for a summer excursion or a rare respite from city life. And owning waterside property shouldn’t be an impossible dream. Gleniffer Lake is only 90 minutes from Calgary, meaning you can cut back on travel and enjoy it any (and every!) weekend of your choosing. No more telling your friends vague, noncommittal plans about how you’re just “waiting for a chance” to visit your property. With a recreational summer home this close, you can take your pals with you!

Reacquaint Yourself with Water

It’s hard to overstress the therapeutic effects of boating. When the lake is your road, there’s no merging, no traffic, some signaling, and no worries. It’s a great bonding opportunity for families and friends alike, whether you’re learning to waterski or just enjoying the gentle breeze and still waters. There are skills to learn and master, and stress to forget. Bordering the beautiful Gleniffer Lake is 5000 feet of shoreline for the beachcomber and sandcastle engineer in all of us. Finally, we don’t want to brag or anything, but our lake regularly reaches a balmy 75°F (aka 24°C) during the summer.

No Algae, No Problem

The only thing Gleniffer Lake doesn’t have? Blue-green algae. The presence of wastewater is a good enough reason for most people not to take a dip in many other Alberta lakes, but water runoff isn’t just gross; it can also lead to blue-green algae blooms. These nasty floating fortresses look like moss and smell like garbage. To make matters worse, people can have ill reactions to a variety of algae including blue-green. Not all algae of this colour produce toxins, but unfortunately, you can’t tell that just by looking. Better safe than a sore throat and some bad skin irritation. It goes without saying that contaminated lake water is also not safe to drink, but it’s not any better for you after it’s been boiled. Kids, especially the aspiring deep-sea divers among them, are likely to get the worst of it, as this algae can get in their eyes and throats if accidentally swallowed.

At Paradise Realty, we understand that Albertans investing in waterfront property want to actually use the lake. That’s why if you’re buying land at Gleniffer Lake, you can forget everything you just learned about algae. Our lake is crystal clear and safe for swimming!


Located in the heart of central Alberta, Gleniffer Lake is easily within driving distance of whichever city you hail from for a weekend retreat. Living in Edmonton? You’re 2 hours away! Calgary? 75 minutes! And you’re just a proverbial hop, skip and a jump from Red Deer (though driving might be faster). Within the resort itself you’ll have access to a challenging nine-hole golf course and putting green; an indoor pool and fitness facilities; two playgrounds; a baseball diamond; and tennis, basketball, and—of course—beach volleyball courts.

If you’re looking for a local vacation property that’s a car ride instead of a flight away, look no further than Gleniffer Lake. It’s large, luxurious, and clean of gunk and goop like algae. At the end of your weekend holiday of boating, swimming, or tanning on the beach, look forward to being home without the security check.