June 17, 2016 1:09 pm
Updated: June 17, 2016 7:00 pm

Calgary’s Sikome lake opens in June but you will have to pay to play

WATCH ABOVE: A popular lake in Calgary opens for business in July, but getting into Sikome lake will no longer be free. Global’s Bindu Suri reports.

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Sikome Aquatic Facility in Fish Creek Provincial Park will open to visitors on June 25, however you will now have to pay to get in.

Day and seasonal passes will be available. For more information, visit the Alberta Parks website here.

The province said in a release the fees will allow Sikome to expand its capacity, upgrade facilities and extend the swimming season past Labour Day.

In the last few years, the south side of the lake has been closed because of operating costs.

WATCH: How much will you have to pay to get in?

Fees will range from $2 to $10 for a day pass. Season passes will range from $25 to $100 for a family pass for unlimited access.

Passes will be sold at both the north and south gates.

Sikome lake has been open since 1978 and attracts 200,000 visitors each year. The lake is surrounded by beach, lawn, a playground and change rooms.

The lake is fed with filtered well water, and staffed by aquatic safety specialists.

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