Summer cottagers and water sports in Canada begin with the three-day long holiday weekend in May, which also includes some warmer water scuba diving. John McCuaig used the “24” long weekend to go scuba diving with his daughter, Cheryl, and another friend at Lake Annette In Jasper National Park in Alberta.
On warm summer days, locals flock to Lake Annette’s scenic lakeshore hike, which also includes a beach. The beach is a great place to take your family for some water fun, and also to enter the lake for diving. Go swimming (on a hot summer day, the temperature should be between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius).
Lake Annette is a kettle lake, which is made up of the remnants of a lake that once filled the whole Athabasca Valley at the end of the last ice age. The lakes are nourished by a complex underground river system.
Lake Annette offers blue-green lakes and you can hike through the many paths that surround it. Picnic at one of the designated picnic areas and in the bay, you can canoe or kayak. Take pleasure in fishing as well. A permit from the National Park Service is required but bait is prohibited.
Length of dive: 64 minutes with maximum dive depth at 52 feet, but most of the dive (video recorded) was at 30 feet and shallower.
Water temp: 50 degrees.
Air temperature: -6c Saturday morning and by Sunday afternoon it was 24c.
John was the photographer shot on a SeaLife DC2000 with a wide-angle port.
The fish were very actively spawning, we could even see them in shallow water swarming.John McCuaig
Thanks to John McCuaig for the video.
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