11 best views to check out in and around Calgary this summer

Aug 11 2020, 9:00 am

COVID-19 still presents a very real and dangerous threat to public health. While much of Alberta’s outdoors have been reopened to visitors, it is recommended to plan ahead, check local restrictions and current public health measures, and avoid any areas that may be too crowded.

Whoever thinks that the Prairies are just a bunch of boring, flat fields must not have ever been to any of these locations.

Grab your camera, pack the car, and head out to any one of these great spots in and around Calgary to get the most picturesque landscapes available in our beautiful province of Alberta.

You may even find some other cool stuff along the way — who knows.

Town of Banff

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Make a stop at the Town of Banff for a hike to view the historic mountain town from a bird’s eye view. Not only is the Town of Banff full of history, good food, and tasty drinks, but it is also the highest town in Canada, sitting at an elevation of 4,537 ft.

Where: Banff, Alberta

Calgary Tower

Date Night! — whether it’s you and your girls, guys, or significant other, this is an absolute must-have on the views list! Enjoy a nice dinner while sitting high up above the city. Disclaimer: If you are afraid of heights, maybe wait in the car for this one.

Where: 101 9th Avenue SW, Calgary

River Cafe

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Be a foodie for an evening (if you aren’t already)! Everyone loves food, so here’s an excuse to catch a breathtaking shot of the city, all while wining and dining! Take a picture of the view, the food, or the view and the food in the name of digital journal (Instagram).

Where: River Cafe, 25 Prince’s Island, Calgary

Prince’s Island Park

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Stop by Prince’s Island Park for a hike, bike ride, or simply lay a blanket out, pull out a picnic basket, and take in the view of the city. Once you’re done your lunch, rent yourself a floaty or kayak and take a leisurely trip down the river!

Where: 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW, Calgary

Scotsman’s Hill


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Ladies and gents, listen up because this is a very cute date spot! Head up Scotsman Hill with some ice cream and a blanket to watch the sunset, and maybe even stargaze as the night falls — either way, it will make for some amazing scenery.

Where: 1901 Salisbury Street SE, Calgary

Central Memorial Park

Drop by this park and soak up the rays of sun while enjoying a natural landscape that has barely changed in over a century. After that, you can go for a walk and enjoy some of Calgary’s historical landmarks as well as free music by local musicians!

Where: 1221 2nd Street SW, Calgary

The Peace Bridge

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This bridge has neat architectural structure and the red is quite eye-catching — no wonder it’s one of the most photographed landmarks in all of Canada! The view of the city behind is quite beautiful and the bridge serves as a great area to stroll through after a nice dinner… maybe at River Cafe?

Where: Peace Bridge, Calgary

Edworthy Park


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Get active and hike or bike around Edworthy Park — we promise your hard work and sweat will pay off with a beautiful view.

Where:  5050 Spruce Drive SW, Calgary

McHugh Bluff Stairs


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Test your athletic skills by running or walking up these steps to reach this stunning view of Calgary — it’s picture perfect.

Where: Crescent Road NW & Centre Street N, Calgary

Big Rock Erratic

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It’s so much more than just a rock… it’s a rock containing sediment from as long as 600 million years ago!  The rock was carried down to this spot by a melting glacier over 10,000 years ago.

Where: AB-7, Foothills No. 31, Alberta

Hoodoos of Drumheller Valley

They look like giant mushrooms, and the Cree First Nations tell stories of these rocks being giants that come alive at night. These strangely shaped rocks are known as the Hoodoos of Drumheller Valley. Catch the sunrise or sunset here and snap another picture of a scene that you won’t be able to get anywhere else.

Where: Coulee Way, Drumheller, Alberta

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