As we head into mid-August, we get the sinking feeling that summer is about to come to a close. Staples is already airing "Back To School" commercials and September is nearing closer and closer on the calendar.
Do you feel like you've wasted your summer doing nothing but binging Netflix and sleeping in too late? Well, you have about 20 days left and it's time to make the most of it - to accomplish something you never thought you would have or face a fear, to do something that you will remember.
These places in Alberta aren't on your typical tourist guide, but they are some of the absolute best places in the province. Visit any of these spots and you are guaranteed to have an amazing time and make memories that will last.
Content disclaimer: We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. The locations listed below may or may not have changed their regulations in regards to what you can or cannot do on site since the article was last updated. Always consult with local authorities. If you do plan to visit a location, know the risks beforehand and respect the environment.
This aerial park in Edmonton is one of the first of its kind in Canada. Suspended in the air, you will traverse, jump, climb, and balance your way through the obstacle course. It's fun for all ages!
Love rock climbing? Love heights? Love stunning mountain views? This is the activity for you. You can scale up Mt. Norquay with one of their Via Ferrata experiences and get some jaw-dropping photos while you're at it!
Where: Banff - Canmore
The famous Banff Legacy Trail is a 22km easy biking trail that takes you from Banff to Canmore. Surrounded by towering mountains and flowing blue rivers, this trail is one of the best ways to see the Rockies.
If you're from Calgary, you do this at least once a summer. Basically, you rent a raft, get a group of friends together, and spend the day floating your way down the gorgeous Bow River which runs through downtown Calgary.
Where: Anywhere in the mountains!
Have you always wanted to stand on top of a mountain and yell "I'M THE KING/QUEEN OF THE WORLD"? It's totally doable! Not all hikes are intensely hard, and you're bound to find one near you that's up to your hiking level!
If you love s'mores and cozy camping clothes but aren't so much a fan of sleeping on the forest floor and getting eaten alive by bugs, then glamping is the thing for you. These little Parks Canada tents are luxurious and rustic!
Tired of melting in the 30-degree heat? Road trip up to Horseshoe Lake for a day filled with suntanning, swimming, and fun with friends. The lake is the most gorgeous shade of blue - you'll be stunned! Don't forget your sunscreen!
This gorgeous field of bright sunflowers is the perfect place to have a photoshoot. Your followers (and you) will be blown away by the (as Bob Ross would say) happy little flowers!
Where: Sylvan Lake
Are you on the competitive side when it comes to games and obstacle courses? Head on out to Sylvan lake to bring out your inner ninja warrior on the water, while staying cool at the same time!