7 adventurous things you need to do this summer

Aug 2 2017, 2:04 am

You’ve been to the zoo, gone hiking in Edworthy Park, and walked over the Peace Bridge countless times – but inevitably, that’s gotten pretty old. Let’s face it, it’s time you try something a little out of the ordinary.

That’s why Kraken Black Spiced Rum has rolled into Calgary this past weekend, giving summer in the city a dark edge. Literally. Their black clad, adults-only ice cream truck was a hit at the Calgary Folk Music Festival.

Don’t worry if you missed out on the Kraken infused black ice cream they were dishing out, because it’s back again this week and is just one of seven badass things you can do to be more daring and shake up your summer.

Turn your summer black

If you missed getting a taste of Kraken’s Black Summer Skream, don’t fret because you can enjoy this special treat for those 18+ at one of two wicked bars this weekend. You won’t be able to miss the black ice cream truck that’ll be parked outside Watchman’s Pub and Eatery on 17th Avenue this Friday from 10 pm to 12 am and also at Hudsons on 5th Street on Saturday from 10 pm to 2 am. And don’t forget to pop into the bars for some smooth Kraken cocktails.

Ride a motorcycle


Calgary is known to be one of the most amazing places to ride a motorcycle. And it gets even better if you venture on the Calgary to Nelson Revelstoke golden loop where the scenery and twisty mountain passes make you feel more alive than ever before. But don’t sweat it if you don’t have your own motorcycle. Just jump on the back of your friend’s and enjoy the thrill of a sublime motorcycle ride.

Attend a rock concert

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Check out Calgary’s event listings online and choose a rock artist that you’ve never seen or heard of before. Go along to the concert, jump around in the crowd, and maybe even make it to the mosh pit as the energy of the crowd builds. Who knows, you might even be crowd surfing by the end of the evening – and that’s addicting.

Get a tattoo


Get wild and get inked this summer. Calgary has so many awesome tattoo artists and all you need to do is choose a badass design; you’ve always wanted to get a sleeve and now’s your chance. If you’re looking to do something really wild, let the tattoo artist freestyle your design so it’s a total surprise at the end.

Go ghost hunting

Spend an evening with paranormal enthusiast of Walkin’ after Midnight, Robyn Condon at The Bank and Baron, one of the most haunted pubs in Calgary. You’ll hear harrowing stories from Condon’s years of investigating and find out what you should and shouldn’t do during a ghost hunting investigation on August 20. Be afraid… very afraid.

Try bungee jumping

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Jumping headfirst from a massive height is definitely not something you do every day so it’s guaranteed to liven up your summer. Take a trip to Alberta’s only bungee jumping site located inside the West Edmonton Mall and book a jump while you’re there. At 106 feet high, this jump will definitely be an exhilarating experience.

Party until 3 am


There are actually a number of late night dance venues where you can stay out partying until 3 am. So let your hair down and dance to the rhythmic beats of DJs spinning until the early hours of the morning. Epic.

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