Every summer when I was a kid we would go jump in a lake. It was like the rule. It was usually a lake in one of Canada’s provincial or national parks. Sometimes we’d go for the day and bring a picnic. Other times we’d bring our tent and camp out. But for sure we would get to jump in a lake.
It isn’t too hard to jump in a lake in Canada because there are thousands and thousands of them. In fact, there are so many lakes that we don’t know the exact number but they say there are more than 3 million. And there are many parks, more than 40 national ones and over a thousand provincial and territorial ones and you’ll find lakes in many if not all of them. Everyone can visit Canada’s parks!
I live in Quebec, which is the province with the most lakes. The largest lake—Great Bear Lake—is in the Northwest Territories. The deepest is in the NWT too, Great Slave Lake. I once went fishing in Great Slave Lake.
A lake in the Rockies may be too cold to jump into if water from a glacier flows into it. So you may want to canoe or kayak on it instead of swimming in it. Those lakes are a special blue colour and have mountains behind them so people from around the world want to visit them.
Little Manitou Lake in Saskatchewan has a lot of salt in it (5 times more than in the ocean) so that instead of sinking you just float, which is rather extaordinary. You won’t find mountains around Grand Beach on Lake Winnipeg because this is big-sky country–the prairies–and that’s special too. The world’s longest fresh water beach (Wasaga) is on Georgian Bay in Ontario. And almost one-third of the people in Canada live near the Great Lakes.
Although most kids in Canada live close to a lake it seems that many of them don’t get to jump in one. Maybe it’s because we are use to spending most of our time indoors and it can take extra effort to get out of the city and to a lake. That’s why we put ‘jumping in a lake’ on the Kids Bucket List. It’s something every kid should do.
By Sylvia Fanjoy
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