8 awesome outdoor activities to try in and around Calgary this summer

May 13 2019, 11:06 pm

The best season of the year is right around the corner.

Summer is the time for resting, relaxing, and recharging those batteries so you can go hard on all the best activities.

Here’s a couple of ideas if you want to get outdoors and make this the most memorable summer yet.

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Calgary Zoo


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With a myriad of exhibits, activities, and of course, animals, the Calgary Zoo is one of the best ways to spend a summer day. Pose with the Penguins, explore the animals of the African safari, or even take trip millions of years back into the prehistoric park to learn about how animals and people have evolved over time.

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Kayak down the Elbow River

Take a leisurely ride down the Elbow River and enjoy beautiful views of towering trees as well as the city. Word of caution, Elbow River runs deep into the Canadian Rockies, so make sure to disembark early.

Enjoy an exciting afternoon at WinSport


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Get your adrenaline-pumping at WinSport. From freefalls and bobsleighing to mini-golf and scenic chairlifts, WinSport has an activity for everyone in your family. Be sure to book tickets in advance as it’s a summertime favourite for many Calgary locals.

Calgary Farmer’s Market

If you’re looking for a bit more of a relaxing summer afternoon, check out the Calgary Farmer’s Market. With over 75 different local vendors, you’ll experience a wide variety of sights, sounds, and flavours.

Heritage Park Historical Village


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Ever wondered what life was like for your great-grandparents? Check out the Heritage Park Historical Village for a trip back to a simpler time.Ā Hop aboard the steam-powered train, take a ride on the vintage midway, or get a freshly baked treat at the bakery ā€” whatever you choose, history is waiting for you.

Banff Gondola

Explore a different side of Sulphur Mountain and ascend the Banff Gondola. This mountain-top experience has new restaurants, new interactive exhibits, and so much more for the whole family to enjoy.

Stonecreek Adventure Golf

Challenge your family and friends to a warm summer evening of mini-golf. The river-themed course features 18 uniquely challenging holes including a windmill, water wheel, real running water creek, wishing well, and dynamite shack.

Calaway Park


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As one of Canada’s largest outdoor amusement parks, Calaway Park is a full day of rides, rollercoasters, and of course, cotton candy! For a real thrill, you can check out “The Vortex.”

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