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Three Reasons to Try a “Staycation”

We’ve all heard the term “staycation,” but most people, especially us Albertans, might not consider “staycations” as getaways during the colder, much more bitter months of the year.  Even perhaps in summer, the term staycation might have an unusual ring to it, but when it simply isn’t feasible to fly off each year for a beach side vacation, us prairie folk have to find ways to get resourceful.  When we think vacation, we often associate the word with beaches, sailing, boating, golfing, tennis, maybe even ice cream springs to mind.  What if these kinds of amenities were available close to home?  What if a first class, family oriented, waterfront resort existed just a two-hour drive from Edmonton or an hour and fifteen commute from Calgary?  Lucky for us, the absolutely gorgeous Glennifer Lake Resort does in fact exist and might be our answer to a “staycation!”  If this isn’t reason enough, here are a few more motivations to choose Glennifer Lake as the site of your next adventure.
Let’s face it; plane rides are cramped, uncomfortable, and if you’re truly blessed, the person next to you had something rather garlicky for lunch and you get to spend the next several hours enjoying this.  Not to mention that flights are becoming increasingly more expensive and dealing with the hassle of an airport can be a nightmare, especially with young children.  Skipping the airport without sacrificing your beach time sounds too good to be true, but Glennifer Lake boasts 5,000 feet of beautiful shoreline and with the temperatures being as gloriously hot as they have been for the past several weeks, that 5,000 feet of beach is the perfect place to kick off your sandals and get your tan on.  And the best part about it is you can skip the entire plane ride!
Besides saving on flights, the resort itself is a much more cost effective way to enjoy a handful of vacation days, or even several weeks of leisure time.  Taking away the rather expensive cost and hours spent on travel leaves more wiggle room to book longer “staycations” with your family, and who doesn’t appreciate more quality time with our loved ones?  The properties available to rent with Paradise Realty are well kept and many of them back onto the full length, 9-hole golf course and several rental properties are even beachfront!
If the 3,300-yard 9-hole golf course, which meanders through the entire property, didn’t catch your eye, perhaps the tennis and basketball courts will!  Beach volleyball is also a resort favourite and numerous social events are held in the community, including BBQs, beach parties and an annual golf tournament.  Perhaps water sports are more your thing and Glennifer Lake is the perfect place to play as there is much less traffic on the water as opposed to other lakes in Alberta.  Boating and sailing are popular activities and several boating slips are available for rent.  And if all this still doesn’t seem quite enticing enough, the General Store on the property has a wide variety of ice cream to choose from when the warm weather calls for cold treats.
If a “staycation” is something you’ve always wanted to try but never got around to, maybe Glennifer Lake Resort can welcome you to a home away from home that allows you to cut the vacation travel time, but not the vacation feel.  With so many different activities to choose from, be it boating in the late afternoon with your kids, or lounging by the pool with your girlfriend, book a staycation with Glennifer Lake and experience first class relaxation in Alberta.  What are you waiting for?

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August 2016

Talk about all the amenities Gleniffer Lake has to offer

When Albertans ask me about buying a property at Gleniffer Lake and what amenities are available in the area, I feel like I can go on forever. I mean, it’s a gated community with a secure entrance, so everyone in the area is a neighbour or friend. Our roads are paved and effectively cleared of snow all winter long — more than some suburban neighbourhoods can say. We have an on-site manager who is easy to get ahold of and is alway ready to help with any problem large or small. The fact is Gleniffer Lake is one of the best places to live in Alberta — it just makes sense that our community has a lot to offer.
Our Wonderful, Wonderful Lake offers nearly 5000 feet of shoreline and beaches for residents to play in the sand, craft sandcastles, or just relax and read in the sun. As a gate community, our beach is private and for residents and their guests only. The boat launch and dock, as well as individual boat slips are also located in a secured area, so you never have to worry about strangers. Our lake is extremely clean, clear of algae, and ideal for swimming, boating, and all water sports. If you enjoy diving, you’ll enjoy using the diving platform on the beach.

Not Too Close, Not Too Far.

Gleniffer Lake is an easy drive from Alberta’s major cities. Only a quick 35 minutes from Red Deer, our residents and their guests find the 75 minute trip to Calgary or the 2 hour drive from Edmonton very comfortable. And our surrounding are full of useful amenities for our residents to take advantage of. We’re mere minutes from a great little pond that Alberta Fishery stocks with Rainbows. Spruce View, a cozy town also just minute away, has a co-op grocery store, hardware store, post office, restaurants, liquor, and even a motel and fire hall. If you’re in the mood for some truly excellent ice cream, Dickson is also a very quick drive and boasts a wonderful antique Danish museum, a variety of quaint crafts and gifts, and even a friendly Lutheran Church for Sunday Mass if you’d like to attend. But don’t worry about needing to head out for every little thing, the general store at Gleniffer Lake offers Foothills Creamery Ice Cream, basic staples (milk, bread, etc), movie rentals, and assorted goodies and treats.

On-Site Amenities.

If you don’t feel like driving or spending a day at the lake, there are still a ton of options available to you. Our huge community centre has a licensed restaurant that backs onto the lake. And this centre comes equipped with a fitness facility, games room, showers, laundry facility, an indoor hot tub, and both an indoor and outdoor heated pool. All these facilities (except the outdoor pool) are available to residents year round. If you’ve come to Gleniffer Lake to stretch your legs and get some exercise, our challenging full length 9-hole golf course and putting greens may be calling your name. And if golf isn’t your thing, we’re sure that, between our five horseshoe pits; our six outdoor adult fitness machines; our baseball diamond; and our tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, you’ll still find something to do to stay fit and have fun. We also have two playgrounds areas and an off leash field for you to run with your best fur-friend.
When it comes to Gleniffer Lake, I really can go on forever talking (or writing) about how great it is to live here. But don’t take my word for it! Give me a call, and come take a no obligation tour of the area. You may just find your dream home!

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Three Reasons Gleniffer Lake is Better than Camping

Whether or not “go outside and play” was a large part of your parents’ vocabulary growing up, many agree that getting back to nature is something to aspire to. Whether it’s to taste the unpolluted air or an excuse to rent an RV, many Albertans will choose to go camping for their next vacation. And while we’re not trying to say the wilderness is overrated, there are better ways to enjoy the great outdoors that don’t involve impugning nature’s pristineness or hanging your food in the trees so that bears don’t eat it. Gleniffer Lake has lots of green spaces and outdoor extracurriculars, so you can go outside and make hay without lugging equipment through the brush. But that’s just the start of it.

Give Nature a Day Off

While camping outdoors might seem like it’s bringing you closer to mother nature, campers also tend to bring mother nature closer to non-biodegradable garbage and general human contamination. Aside from the potentially hazardous impact of unattended or incorrectly extinguished campfires, are the masses of bottles and debris that campers leave behind every year. These recyclables muck up once-clean lakes and clutters the homes of wildlife. And the discarded sleeping bags, tents, and candy wrappers people routinely leave behind? Mother nature could definitely do without. Plus, Gleniffer Lake has a state of the art septic system—what more needs to be said?

The Beaten Path is Paved with Good Intentions

Even conscientious campers who clean up after themselves can have an impact that lasts longer than their trip. Traveling “off the beaten path” might be a nice way to tell someone to try new things, but there’s a reason there are nature paths. When hikers go off course, their presence can contribute to soil erosion and choke the local flora. Even staying on the roads to and from camping sites can blanket local lakes with dust kicked up by cars, which then interfere with salmon and bug reproduction cycles—and if you thought your Nikes were hard on the forest floor, imagine what all-terrain tires can do.

The Great Backdoor

Getting “in tune” with nature doesn’t have to mean getting “away” from modern convenience, and you don’t have to be far from all electronics to enjoy a day in the outdoors. Gleniffer Lake has so much to do that you probably won’t be able to do it all! We have everything from beach volleyball to a 9-hole golf course. There’s an off-leash dog park, and playgrounds for the kids. Do I mention our beautiful lake full of clear, cool water? And it’s clean and free of algae too. Also, when you stay in Gleniffer Lake you won’t need to sleep on the ground, which means you can invite grandma without worrying about her back.
Do yourself a favor and get some fresh air—without placing a strain on Alberta’s forests and wildlife. You can have as much or as little of the amenities of home while still getting some sun. If you want to plan a getaway to Gleniffer Lake, contact me today at 1-888-269-0044!