9 creative ways to beat the heat and cool off in Calgary this summer

Aug 10 2018, 3:52 pm

After being stuck in the snow all winter, Calgarians are understandably eager to soak up the sun for the remainder of the summer. But what about those days when it’s just too hot?

Today is expected to be a scorcher, with temperatures getting up to 36°C – that’s just one degree off of Calgary’s record for all-time hottest, at 37.1°C.

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Environment Canada has even extended the heat warning they put into place earlier this week, marking the fourth day in a row that Calgarians are being cautioned to stay aware of their body temperatures and look out for any signs of heat stroke or exhaustion.

It stands to reason that people around the city will be seeking out some shade, and understandably so, but we’ve decided to offer a few suggestions for other ways to cool down as the temperatures go up.

Stay cool out there, Calgary!

Head to the river


Boating on the Bow River (thepaddlestation/Instagram)

The Bow River’s cool waters are perfect to splash around in or float down — just be sure to pack some sunscreen if you’re planning on being out in the sun for more than a few minutes.

Go to the cinema

Movie theatre (Liu zishan / Shutterstock)

Whether you’re looking to watch the latest blockbuster action flick or the latest Rom-Com, one thing is certain: air conditioning is a godsend.

Grab some ice cream


There are so many great ice cream spots in the city, it can be hard to choose where to go. From punk’d popsicles to boozy shakes, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

Sneak in some cheeky shopping



Malls are one of the best ways to cool down on a hot day — and who doesn’t enjoy needlessly spending money they don’t have in an air-conditioned building?

Check out one of the city’s air-conditioned facilities


Calgary skyline (itstimandlara/Instagram)

During hot weather, the city opens up some of their air-conditioned facilities to the public to help them cool off. Perfectly chilled lobbies and lounges are on hand at community centres across Calgary.

See a cool exhibit at the Glenbow


Art exhibition (glenbowmuseum/Instagram)

If shopping isn’t your bag and you’ve seen all the movies, hit up the Glenbow Museum. And yes, they have air conditioning.

Where: 130 9th Avenue SE

Go for a dip


Kateryna Mostova/Shutterstock

The warm weather is officially here, so you might want to think about taking a swim. Thankfully the city is full of amazing outdoor pools where you can cool off in perfectly chlorinated water.

Jump in a lake


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If you’re looking to take a dip and enjoy a bit of wilderness, there are plenty of lakes to swim in around the province — we event put a list together of a few of the best.

Visit a waterfall


Athabasca Falls (kavram/Shutterstock)

The rushing water and refreshing mist of a waterfall are all you need to escape the summer heat. There are plenty of amazing waterfalls to check out around the Rocky Mountains — many of which are featured in this handy list.

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