From June to August, it is one of the most dazzling times in the province. It feels like everywhere is bursting with vibrant hues, from flowers to scoops of ice cream. If you are someone who prefers hot pink or sunshine yellow over dull shades of beige, this is the article for you. We've rounded up our favourite summer spots in Alberta that locals know will be bursting with colour.
After all that rain in the spring, summertime means we can enjoy blossoming flowers everywhere. One of the most iconic sights would have to be the golden fields of canola that look straight out of a fantasy world.
If you are up for the challenge, there is also a colossal sunflower maze, with 100,000 plants. It would be a perfect activity to try with your friends.
Plus, once you've escaped, they even have a pick your bouquet garden too. So you can bring some cheerful blooms home to decorate your living room.
Once the hot weather arrives, you'll also be craving a way to cool down, and we know just the spot. Out in Canmore Old School, Bus Ice Cream is worth the drive.
Here they sell a variety of delicious flavours that are so tasty you will want a scoop in every flavour. We can't get enough of their swirled ones, which come in a mix of neon, or even cotton candy-inspired shades.
No matter what the weather is outside, you can always find a rainbow near Riley Park. The Rainbow Bridge makes a fantastic spot for an afternoon walk when you need a breath of fresh air.
Edmonton Neon Museum
Address: 104 St. N.W., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: You don't need to fly to Las Vegas to see tons of glowing neon signs. In Edmonton, they have a free outdoor museum where you can see them in all shapes and colours.
Price: $9.00 per person
When: Early August to early September
Address: Range Rd. 14, Bowden, AB
Why You Need To Go: Forget regular hedge mazes, here you can stroll through a colossal golden flower maze. There are 100,000 sunflowers on the farm, and even the option to pick your own bouquet.
Address: Riley Park, 1103 10 St. N.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: You walk under a cheerful rainbow which has been painted on the arch of the LRT bridge. It can be found between Riley Park and the Rosedale Off-Leash Dog Park, north of the Sunnyside train station.
Address: 263 10 St. N.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: They make Instagram-worthy latte art in every shade of the rainbow.
Address: The Bounce Outdoor Basketball Courts, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: It is a fun place to head with your friends as you can play basketball, ping-pong, Snakes and Ladders or just take a selfie by the stunning mural.
Address: 2720 Coughlan Green S.W., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: In the summer you'll find fields of blooming yellow flowers as far as the eye can see in the countryside surrounding Edmonton.
It makes for a breathtaking drive to see the blooms. Just make sure not to trespass on farmers’ land without permission.
Snap Foto Club
Address: 200-118 8th Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: They have tons of fun photo backgrounds where you can take eye-catching pictures. Plus if you need help getting the perfect shot, they even have on-site photographers that you can hire to help you look your best.
Old School Bus Ice Cream
Address: 621 8 St., Canmore, AB
Why You Need To Go: It is a school bus that has been converted into an ice cream shop. While here you need to cool down with one of their brightly hued swirl ice cream like cotton candy which is a mix of purple, pink and aqua.
Address: 56032 Range Rd. 245, Sturgeon County, AB
Why You Need To Go: You'll want to head here with your friends to pick your own bouquet. They have 35 different plants in the garden, and you can take as many as you want to bring home.