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21 Alberta Adventures To Go On Before You Turn 21

There's more to do here than you'd think.

A lot of people seem to be under the impression that the only way to have fun when you're 21 is to travel far, far away. While this is definitely true, not a lot of us have the funds, or time to support our wanderlust. 

If you're stuck in Alberta and are itching for adventure, have no fear, we've got you covered. There's more fun to be had here than hiking in the Rockies, or visiting the Calgary Stampede (although we highly recommend you do both of those at least once).

We've split up 21 adventures into different categories, perfect for you to conquer before your birthday. How many can you cross off?

City Life



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City Life

Visit the Calgary Stampede

You're not a true Albertan if you haven't tbh. Even if you're not one for drinking or rides, the food is more than enough reason to go.

Book a luxurious spa retreat at one of Alberta's best

Taking treat yo'self to a whole new level. Alberta has some seriously incredible spots, especially if you're headed up to the mountains.

Road trip with your best friends from Calgary to Seattle

We've made your itinerary, now you just have to drive. If you're seriously itching to get out of Canada, Seattle is the perfect distance away.

Treat yourself to a weekend resort getaway

Whether you're celebrating a birthday or anniversary, or just need to get away for a little while, a resort is the perfect place.

Road trip to some of Alberta's best breweries

From Calgary to Jasper, everyone knows that Alberta breweries are top notch. Bring the beer fanatic in your life, and get tasting.

Visit West Edmonton Mall

Let's see if you can conquer shopping, an amusement park, and a water park all in one day.

Get a picture with one of Alberta's weirdest landmarks

From giant dinosaurs, to giant beavers, this province really has it all.

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Visit the Miette Hot Springs in Jasper

Sit back, relax, and enjoy those gorgeous mountain views.

Go canoeing in Moraine Lake

The crystal clear waters make for the most beautiful pictures.

Ride the Gondola in Banff National Park

All those mountain views, none of the sore muscles from hiking.

Take a hike in Kananaskis Country

There's so many to choose from, but all the views at the end are amazing.

Explore Johnston Canyon in Banff

It's usually full of tourists, but the crowds are definitely worth the view.

Go digging for bones at Dinosaur Provincial Park

Sometimes you just need to feel like a kid again.

Go glamping at one of Alberta's most luxurious camping spots

Even your friend who hates camping will have a great time.

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Chasing Summer Music Festival // Calgary

If you're the kind who likes to eat, sleep, rave, repeat, this is the festival for you.

Ice on Whyte Festival // Edmonton

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. If you need something to distract you from the bitter cold, why not admire some pretty artwork?

One Love Music Festival // Calgary

Alberta doesn't get a ton of love from hip hop artists, so when we do, we milk it.

Canmore Folk Music Festival // Canmore

Let out your inner flower child in the mountains, and enjoy some quality, live music.

Calgary International Film Festival // Calgary

Calling all film buffs. This festival gives you the opportunity to enjoy 200 films over a span of 12 days. Which ones will you see?

Taste of Edmonton // Edmonton

Live music and delicious food, all rolled into one big, amazing event.

K-Days // Edmonton

If you can't make it to the Calgary Stampede, this is your next best bet.