Although all of the summer should definitely feel like a holiday, that's not always a reality. You may have a break from school, but you still have adult responsibilities like working (sometimes multiple jobs), paying bills, and cleaning.
With so much to take care of, it may not be realistic for you to go on a fun new adventure every weekend - but hey, that's what long weekends are for. Canada Day long weekend is coming up, and there's plenty more to look forwards to over the upcoming months.
If you want to see more of our beautiful, breathtaking province, we recommend you plan a visit to one of these Alberta spots ASAP:
Nordegg is definitely one of the most beautiful hidden gems that Alberta has to offer. This little Hamlet is definitely somewhat of a ghost town, but if you choose to camp out in the nearby forests, you'll definitely have a weekend to remember. Take a hike, go horseback riding, or just relax by a mountain stream - you won't want to return back to real life anytime soon.
2. Rocky Mountain House
If you're in the Red Deer area and looking for a gorgeous getaway, Rocky Mountain House is just a quick 80km drive from you. This area is a lot like Banff, offering amazing hikes that lead to even better mountain views, lush forests, and campgrounds that will win you over, even if you hate camping.
3. Pigeon Lake
If you're all for camping out in a tent, all the power to you! If you prefer comfort camping though, Pigeon Lake offers Yurts in various sizes so you can enjoy the amenities of an electric heater and a real bed. Spend the day soaking up the sun out on the water, or do some shopping and grab a bite to eat in town!
4. Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park
As beautiful as the Rocky Mountains are, it can be nice to see something else for a change. Head out to the badlands of Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park to take in a different kind of beauty. The Badlands give you the opportunity to do plenty of nature-watching, learn about some Alberta history, take a more casual hike, and camp out.
5. Dunvegan Provincial Park
Apparently, Alberta has its own version of the Golden Gate Bridge - who knew?! Dunvegan Provincial Park is located in Northern Alberta and is a great spot for an abundance of reasons. Not only are there many historical sites to be explored, including a Hudson's Bay house, there's also hiking, river adventures, and mountain biking to be enjoyed.
If you want to see a small town that's bustling with energy, Athabasca is just that. Not only is there great shopping and a vibrant nightlife scene, there's also plenty of beautiful nature, regular festivals, and nearby lakes for you to kick back and relax at.
7. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Being from Medicine Hat myself, I spent quite a bit of time in Cypress Hills. You can either rough it in a tent or rent a room at the very beautiful Elkwater Lake Lodge. Whether you spend your time lazing about with a book on the beach or conquering a hiking trail or two, one thing's for sure - you'll go home feeling rejuvenated.
Canmore may be a popular tourist destination, but that's simply because it's so beautiful. There's plenty to do in this small mountain town, from cave tours and drinking craft beer to hiking and camping out. The views from the top of those mountains make every step worth it.
Every Albertan should visit the badlands of Drumheller at least once. Rough it in a tent for the full authentic camping experience, or rent one of the many nearby beautiful Airbnb's. While you're in the area, be sure to visit the hoodoos, take a trip to the Dinosaur Museum, and explore the Atlas Coal Mine.