Sweet springtime is just around the corner and we simply can't contain our excitement. The days are getting longer, the air is feeling warmer, and we're already planning our summer looks. Though Alberta's standards for spring are a little different than the rest of Canada, that doesn't mean we're not going to make the most of the warm(er) weather. We want you to have the best spring ever, so we've compiled your go-to list of all the things to do in Alberta this spring.
Before we get into the spring goodness, we want to say congratulations for making it through another wild winter.
We can't promise there won't be a surprise spring snowfall, but at least the temperatures are going to look a little less horrifying.
Alberta is a magical, awe-inspiring province. From the unreal colours of the lakes and the colossal rock formations to the wholesome farms and markets, there is something in it for everyone and this bucket list is no different.
So as you bear the cold temperatures for a couple more weeks, there is no harm in getting started with making your long-awaited spring plans.
So get rid of the bulky winter jackets and break out the spring looks, because the warm weather is calling for you.
And we hear it loud and clear.
Feast Your Eyes On Peyto Lake
Address: Peyto Lake, Banff, AB
Why You Need To Go: This gorgeous glacial lake near Banff has the most stunning crystal-blue waters you've ever laid eyes on. It's an easy hike with a huge reward.
Explore The Hoodoos In Drumheller
Address: Drumheller, AB
Why You Need To Go: These sandstone formations are so bizarrely fascinating that you will have to see them up-close to believe they're real. It's also got some desert vibes that we're just not used to in Alberta.
Check Out Contemporary Calgary's Museum Of The Moon
When: through Sunday, March 15, 2020
Address: 701 11 St. SW., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: This space-themed exhibit will be a treat for your senses, from the life-sized moon sculpture to the lunar-based depictions underneath. Grab the tickets before it wraps up mid-March.
Hike Along Red Rock Canyon Trail
Address: Improvement District #4, Waterton Lakes, AB
Why You Need To Go: This short hike will bring you by the unique red rock formations and the creeks that cut through. It's practically the next best thing to the Grand Canyon.
Get A Glimpse Of History At Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park
Address: Lethbridge, AB
Why You Need To Go: These inscribed stone formations have made the prairies a travel destination on their own. Whether you're a history buff or just an admirer of scenery, this will be just right for you.
Have Lunch At Mount Engadine Lodge
Address: 1 Mount Shark Rd., Canmore, AB
Why You Need To Go: This cozy lodge by Mount Engadine is the perfect getaway if you're looking to escape the bustle of city life. The constantly-changing menu will keep you in suspense as you sit down for afternoon tea.
See The Office Cast At Calgary Expo 2020
When: April 23–26
Address: 1410 Olympic Way, SE., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: The Calgary Expo has enlisted The Office and the Lord Of The Rings cast to give the fans a little something extra this year. You will have the perfect opportunity to don your craziest costume and find your fantasy crowd.
Check Out The Famous Frozen Bubbles At Abraham Lake
Address: Abraham Lake, Clearwater County, AB
Why You Need To Go: We know there are many beautiful Alberta lakes, but this one traps frozen ice bubbles under its surfaces. Make sure you catch a glimpse of these bubbles before they thaw out.
Run Through Flower Fields At Birchwood Meadows
Address: 56032 Range Rd. 245, Sturgeon County, AB
Why You Need To Go: This farm captures the spirit of spring to a T by letting you strolling through their vibrant flower fields. You know it's spring when you can see the flowers blooming before your very eyes, so head out there on a sunny spring day.
Sample Local Bites & Eat Brunch At Calgary Farmers' Market
When: Every Sunday, starting Sunday, March 1
Address: 510 77 Ave. SE., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: The tour will take you through beloved stalls at the market, serving you generous tastings of beef, pork, pastries, bison, cheese, fruit, and juice, in addition to your complimentary brunch.
Unwind & Relax At The Kananaskis Nordic Spa
Address: 1 Centennial Dr., Kananaskis, AB
Why You Need To Go: With services such as aromatherapy and hydrotherapy, this will become your ultimate relaxation destination. The views of the Rockies also don't hurt.
Take A Stunning Gondola Ride Up Sulphur Mountain
Address: Banff Sightseeing Gondola, Banff, AB
Why You Need To Go: There is something absolutely breathtaking about getting a birds-eye view of what is already an epic landscape. Everyone needs to see this for themselves!
Hike Up To Mist Mountain Hot Spring
Address: Kananaskis County, AB
Why You Need To Go: If you can think of a better spring activity than sitting in a natural hot spring on a mountaintop, please, let us know.
Get Lost In A Corn Maze at Prarie Gardens
Address: 6311 Lily Lake Rd., Bon Accord, AB
Why You Need To Go: From spotting squirrels to playing with goats, to eating fresh farm food, this venue is set to provide you with a wholesome, bright day full of outdoor adventures.
Get Up Close To The Athabasca Falls
Address: Jasper National Park, Jasper, AB
Why You Need To Go: This short hike will take you to a beautiful lookout where you can appreciate the powerful falls. The surrounding canyons also add to the impressive landscape.
Spend A Day At The Calgary Zoo
Address: 210 St. George's Dr., NE., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: The Calgary Zoo has more than enough animals on their premises to keep you swooning, intrigued and just a little terrified. Be sure to see the king penguins waddle through the zoo as well until the end of March.
Take An Afternoon Stroll By The Bow River
Address: Bow River Trail, Banff, AB
Why You Need To Go: Dog-friendly, wheelchair-friendly, and just altogether awesome in every way possible, you don't want to miss this short trail. The exquisite Bow River will be closer than ever.