Gateway Gazette

Sikome Lake to Reopen on Sunday

Sikome LakeThe Sikome Aquatic Facility will reopen Sunday, August 17, at 10 a.m.

The lake, located in Fish Creek Provincial Park, was closed following an apparent drowning earlier this week.

“Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased. Thank you to members of the public and to the Calgary Police Service and Fire Department for their assistance in responding to this tragic incident.”

~ Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation

The incident has prompted a review of safety and operating procedures.

“There is an inherent risk associated with water-based activities. Our review will determine whether changes are needed to help visitors stay safe. If changes are needed, we will make them.”

~ Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation

Sikome Lake aquatic safety staff is trained in lifesaving skills, first aid and CPR. They are tasked with watching people in the lake from various vantage points and with educating visitors about water safety. Life-jackets are available through two loaner stations.

The water quality in Sikome Lake is tested six times per week. The man-made lake must meet the same water quality standards as natural beaches such as Sylvan Lake. The facility’s water treatment plant filters and chlorinates the water, and draws fresh water from wells.

Sikome Lake first opened in 1978.

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