Alberta is known for being one of the sunniest provinces in Canada, and now that summer is officially here, it's time to make the most of it. Right now is the best time to do so too, since June has the longest days of the year!
But do you ever look outside, see a perfect sunny summer day and think "I feel like I should be outside enjoying the weather but I don't know what to do"? Well we've done the hard work for you and rounded up some of the best ideas that are guaranteed to turn your ordinary sunny day into the best day EVER.
1. Annette Lake // Jasper
Looking for a spot where you can beach it up with mountain views? This kind of thing is super rare, but Alberta is lucky enough to have a sandy mountain-view beach just awaiting your visit!
2. National on 8th // Calgary
One of the first things that comes to mind on a hot summer day is patio time. What's better than a rooftop patio where you can stay "hydrated" while looking cute with your besties and people watch?
3. World Waterpark // Edmonton
World Waterpark is definitely Alberta's best waterpark. And the best part about this one is that its indoors, so you don't have to worry about getting a sunburn! Plus you can spend the rest of the day shopping in the mall!
4. Horseshoe Lake // Jasper
This swimming hole in Jasper is the perfect hang out spot for summer. Whether you're into cliff jumping, slack lining, swimming, or simply getting your tan on on the rockface, this place is perfect for a group of friends.
5. Prince's Island Park // Calgary
Why not enjoy a sunny afternoon on the island? Bring a book, a picnic, and some sunscreen and you're all set! Plus this is a popular spot for dog walkers, so you're sure to see lots of doggos on your excursion too.
6. Kinosoo Beach // Cold Lake
Need a taste of the tropics? Heead on down to Kinosoo beach for a sandy and sunny day complete with a cold lake to dip into when it gets too warm. Definitely don't forget your sunscreen for this one!
7. The Bow // Calgary
Rafting the Bow is a tradition for Calgarians everywhere. What sounds better than renting a raft and lazing down a river while drinking, snacking, and tanning all day long? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
8. Tropical // Calgary
This Calgary bar serves up margaritas that are literally bigger than your head. It also has major tropical vibes that will transport you down south, AKA, it's the perfect place to spend a hot summer day.
9. Mount Yamnuska // near Canmore
Why not spend your perfect day conquering a mountain? Mount Yamnuska is a super cool hike that even has a cool chain section that will bake you feel totally badass. This was the first mountain I hiked, and if I can do it, so can you!
10. Bowden SunMaze // Bowden
This stunning sunflower maze in Bowden is an absolute must-see, it will definitely take your breath away. It's also the perfect spot for an Instagram photoshoot. Like, look how fire this gal's insta was!
11. Sylvan Lake Obstacle Course // Sylvan Lake
Wanna spend your day out on the water having a blast? Why not bring out your inner ninja warrior at this epic inflatable obstacle course! It's the perfect activity to get you active and having fun with friends!
12. Moraine Lake // Banff
The absolute best time to visit this Canadian icon is on a perfect summer day where the crystal clear water is as blue as it gets and is glistening in the shimmering sun. You can even take a canoe out on the water if you're feeling EXTRA summery!