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7 Day Trips To Take From Calgary This July Long Weekend

And upgrade your weekend with the chance to win awesome prizes!

This July long weekend, making the most of every moment is a top priority. It's not only that summer's a time for some serious R&R, but it's also a time to connect with friends, family and yourself (and soak up some fun in the sun while you're at it).

Pepsi® wants to help you upgrade your summer with their Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. They're giving Canadians a chance to win some epic prizes, from weekly prizes of $10,000 to thousands of instant prizes like paddleboards, bicycles, barbecue grills, summer gear, merch and much more.

All you have to do is look for unique codes on specially marked Pepsi products to enter for a chance to win and take your summer to the next level. Plus, with these day trips in and around the Calgary area, you can embrace the sunny season this long weekend and, with any luck, put your Pepsi prizes to good use!

Get Your Game On At WinSport

Price: Varies depending on the length of your visit

Address: 88 Canada Olympic Rd. S.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: With something for everyone, WinSport is the go-to destination for those who love to combine activity with adrenaline. Featuring mountain biking trails ranging from beginner to advanced, this downhill biking destination has everything you need to get your heart pumping (and if you don't have your own bike, try winning one).

If something slow and steady is more your speed, try your hand at mini-golf at the 18-hole outdoor course.

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Submerge Yourself In History At Heritage Park Historical Village

Price: $29.95

Address: 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: As Canada's second-largest living-history museum, Heritage Park Historical Village spans 127 acres along the Glenmore Reservoir. The many attractions make spending a day here feel effortless — from an antique steam train ride, sailing on a paddlewheel boat or touring in an old automobile to shopping for candy the old-fashioned way at Claresholm General Store.

With the park abiding by Alberta's Open For Summer Plan, be sure to check out their website for all health and safety guidelines.

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Live Long & Prosper In Vulcan

Price: Free

Address: Vulcan, AB

Why You Need To Go: About a 90-minutes drive from Calgary is a town that coincidentally found itself with the same name as a well-known alien species from Star Trek and leaned into it hard. Like the Vulcans in Star Trek, the town's name is inspired by the Roman god of fire.

Drop in to to the Vulcan Tourism & Trek Centre to learn about the town, pick up some Vulcan memorabilia and try out their virtual reality game, The Vulcan Space Adventure. You can use the drive there to practice your Vulcan salute.

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Explore An Urban Oasis At Devonian Gardens

Price: $18.75

Address: 333 7th Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Calgary's heart is a green one, and the botanical wonderland that is Devonian Gardens proves as much. With over 500 trees, 50 varieties of plants and a 900-square-foot living wall, you may just forget you're in the city at all. If getting away to nature without going far takes your fancy, pack that backpack (like the one you could win from Pepsi) with your fave snacks and get going.

Advance registration is required if you don't want to miss out on what the Devonian Gardens has to offer.

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Take In The Tranquility At Inglewood Bird & Nature Sanctuary

Price: Free

Address: 2425 9th Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Located minutes from downtown Calgary, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is an easily accessible urban oasis. Plus, it's the only federally designated migratory bird sanctuary in all of North America.

Surrounded by 36 hectares, including Bow River, it's a wonder and wilderness all in one. Don't forget to bring a pair of binoculars and a camera because there are 270 kinds of birds and more than 300 plant species to take a look at.

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Hike, Bike & Wander At Weaselhead Flats

Price: Free

Address: 66th Ave. and 37th St. S.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: The 237 hectares of Weaselhead Flats is one of the coolest places to be active outdoors. Whether you hike, bike or just love to stroll, there's plenty to do and lots to see. If you're in need of a set of wheels, you might want to try your luck with the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest because they've got one up for grabs.

Plants and wildlife abound at Weaselhead Flats, including spruce, bears and birds. They're open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., which means you can enjoy a visit whether you're. an early bird or a night owl.

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Picnic At Prince's Island Park

Price: Free

Address: 598 Eau Claire Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: It's one of the most popular parks in Calgary for a reason. Prince's Island Park's the perfect place for an afternoon or early evening picnic. Plus, because it's in the city centre, it's surrounded by plenty of cafes and restaurants, making it an ideal place to chow down on takeout just in case you don't feel like packing a meal yourself.

There's even a river where you can swim or just dip your toes, and a lookout point to soak in a stellar view at sunset.

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No matter how you decide to ring in this July long weekend, don't miss out on entering the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest so you can make this summer one you'll never forget.

Be on the lookout for specially marked products with on-pack codes for your chance to win weekly prizes of $10,000, plus thousands more instant prizes.

To learn more about Pepsi's Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest, check out the website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.