Summer is here, and we couldn't be more excited. Chances are you have a lot planned, from vacations, to beach days, to hikes all over the province. This is the perfect time to get outside and make as many memories as you can.
If making lists isn't really your forte, we've complied an awesome bucket list for you to conquer this summer. Grab your favourite people (or fly solo if you're feeling extra adventurous), and spend your days crossing off some of these exciting ideas:
1. Live out your circus dreams at Rocky Mountain Flying Trapeze
Check out open fly from 1pm - 4pm every Saturday and Sunday. Who hasn't wanted to be part of a circus act?
2. Put on your cowboy boots and head to the Calgary Stampede
Every Albertan needs to check out the stampede at least once. If you haven't yet, why not this year?
3. Hike up to Ha Ling Peak
Alberta is full of beautiful hikes, but this is one we really recommend you check out. It only takes roughly 90 minutes, but the view at the end is incredible.
4. Go to a Calgary Stampeders game
Even if you're not a huge sports fan, we recommend you do this at least once in your life. Stampeders games are a super fun experience (and an excuse to drink, if you need one).
5. Camp at Dinosaur Provincial Park
Not your average camping experience. Spend your day hunting for dinosaur bones, and your night roasting marshmallows around the fire.
6. Ride the mechanical bull at Knoxvilles Tavern
Whether you're partying in Edmonton or Calgary, you'll probably end up at Knoxvilles, and you can't go to Knoxvilles without riding the bull. Tbh, the bull is probably the only reason some of us would ever set foot in Knox.
7. Head to the top of the Calgary Tower
This place isn't just for tourists, believe it or not. You can take some super cool pics and enjoy some insane views.
8. Relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs
What better way to kick back after a day of hiking? Soak your muscles and take in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains.
9. Go sightseeing in Waterton Lakes National Park
Go on one of many hikes, or even just grab some food and explore the town of Waterton. You're sure to see something beautiful.
10. Ride the Banff Gondola
Even if you're scared of heights, the scenery at the end is worth it. Look at all those mountains.
11. Go boating on Lake Minnewanka
Just outside of Banff, Lake Minnewanka is perfect for exploring all day. Stop and relax on one of the many rock beaches, or (depending on the time of the year) try out some cliff jumping.
12. Enjoy nature at the Ellis Bird Farm
This place is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation of wild birds. Check out the tea house, or pet some baby animals while you're here.
13. Take a tour of the Bellevue Underground Coal Mine
Perfect for anyone who's interested in history, this tour lasts roughly an hour and is very informative on the history of the mine.