May is coming to a close, and that means summer is almost here. A lot of couples like to spend their summers backpacking through Europe, or exploring the tropics. Some of us, however, are living the student loan lifestyle or living paycheck to paycheck.
If you and your boyfriend are in the mood to adventure, but can't afford to hop on a plane and fly across the country, why not check out one of these 16 day trips across Alberta?
1. The Vulcan Tourism & Trek Station // 115 Centre St E, Vulcan, AB
If you're looking to get your nerdy boyfriend out of the house, tell him about this place. Designed to look just like a landing space craft, the Trek Station is full of Star Trek attractions and memorabilia.
2. Lake Louise
Take a ride in the sight-seeing gondola, or go rafting down the river. The emerald green water makes for a memorable trip.
Explore Alberta's abandoned mountain ghost town. Bankhead has an interpretive trail flowing through that points out important landmarks and interesting facts.
4. Discovery Wildlife Park // 5400 42 Ave, Innisfail, AB
Not just your average zoo. Discovery Wildlife Park is all about conservation and providing the best care for their animals. And who hasn't wanted to get a super cute selfie with a waving bear?
5. Kayben Farms // 316034 32 Street E, Okotoks, AB
You're never too old for a petting zoo. Kayben Farms is a great place for both families and couples. Besides petting animals, you can also go berry picking or grab a bite to eat.
6. Glacier Skywalk // Icefields Parkway, Banff, AB
Hopefully you're not scared of heights. 918 feet above the Sunwapta Valley, the Glacier Skywalk provides a unique perspective of the mountains and valleys below.
7. Waterton Lakes National Park
Snap a cute picture on the infamous red chairs, or hike through 200km of trails. The views are beautiful and the pictures you take together will be too.
Tired of going to Banff? Check out Canmore instead. A popular tourist destination, Canmore has plenty of shopping and dining options, and wildlife and hiking for the more outdoorsy couples.
9. Sylvan Lake
Check out the Aqua Splash or spend your day mini-golfing. There's always something fun and exciting to do here.
10. Calaway Park // 345003 Range Road 33, Calgary, AB
Can't make it to Disneyland? Calaway Park will do. Tasty treats and adrenaline filled rides make for a day you're not soon to forget.
11. Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden // Mayor Magrath Drive S, Lethbridge, AB
If you find yourself in Lethbridge, be sure to check out the beautiful Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. A great place to soak up the sun and enjoy a nature walk, or watch the sunset with a picnic.
12. Frank Slide Interpretive Centre // Highway 3 Crowsnest Pass, Blairmore, AB
Relive the Frank Slide experience and enjoy the wonders of nature as you walk through the reminants of Canada's Deadliest Rockslide.
13. Royal Tyrrell Museum // 1500 N Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller, AB
Ever wanted to feel like a kid again for a day? Head to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, open 7 days a week, to check out all the awesome exhibits.
14. Canoe Trip down the North Saskatchewan
Admire the Edmonton skyline and enjoy the summer heat as you paddle down the river.
15. Jasper National Park
If you're not in the mood to hike, you can always try rafting or paddling down the river. Jasper also offers a variety of shopping and dining opportunities to end off your day of adventers.
16. Banff National Park
Ride the gondola, admire the wildlife, go white water rafting. There's endless ways to spend your day in Banff, so you always have an excuse to come back.