If you enjoy lakes, a floating golf green, a floating boardwalk and plenty of other unique things, you should certainly visit Lake Coeur d'Alene. This lake isn't in Calgary, however. For those living in Calgary, it's a road trip to the Idaho in the United States.
About a 7 to 8 hour drive away, Lake Coeur d'Alene provides the perfect weekend escape or vacation spot. You don't have hop on a plane and you get to enjoy some great countryside on the drive. In addition, the lake is well worth the drive.
Lake Coeur d'Alene was once named at one of the five most beautiful small lakes in the world by National Geographic. It's surrounded by forested hills and includes beautiful blue waters. The lake is a full 48 kilometres long and the water is clean, clear and warm.
You can enjoy swimming, water sports and so much more on the lake. It's a top spot for sport fishing with plenty of Kokanee salmon, largemouth bass, northern pike and smallmouth bass found throughout. The lake is also one of the few with landlocked Chinook salmon.
If you don't come for any other reason, the golf is enough to bring you to the lake. Play the course and enjoy some amazing views. When you get to hole #14, you will get to enjoy the most amazing view, along with one of the most challenging shots on the entire course. This is the shot to the green that is actually on the lake. It's a par-3 hole and you will actually have to take a small ferry to get from the tee station to the green.
Along with this unique hole, you will get to enjoy golf carts with polished wood accents, heated seats and many other luxuries. Groups of four automatically get a caddy and you can even enjoy a full bar drink cart, while on the course.
Another unique feature of this lake is the largest floating boardwalk in the world. It measures 1.2-kilemotres long and provides benches for watching birds and plenty of amazing views.
The best part about taking a long weekend or vacation to Coeur d'Alene, it's not full of tourists. It's a popular spot, but it won't be teeming with tourists making it too busy to enjoy.