It is essential to start planning everything you want to do this summer right now. You'll want to make the most of the gorgeous weather, and you don't want to miss a thing. To help you out, we've made a list of the best road trips that you've got to add to your Alberta summer bucket list.

We are so lucky to have extraordinary activities only a short drive away. Soon enough, our free time will be spent on the water by tubing on a lazy river, splashing around at a secret swimming hole or feeling like a kid at a floating obstacle course.

Of course, summer wouldn't be complete without a few scoops of frozen desserts. Even if you can't buy happiness, you can get a scoop of your favourite ice cream that is sure to make you smile.

You'll also want to slather on the sunscreen and visit some of our stunning gardens. Not only can pick buckets filled with your favourite berries, but you can wander a sunflower maze made out of thousands of flowers.

Make the most of the warm weather. Before you know it, it will be tank top and sunglasses season. It often feels like we wait for months for this time of year to arrive and it over in a blink. Here's a list of our favourite road trip spots in Alberta that you should add to your summer bucket list:

Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash

Price: $15.00+

When: Saturday, June 13 to Monday, September 7

Address: 5100 Lakeshore Dr., Sylvan Lake, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can challenge your friends to see who can complete the floating obstacle course first. You'll feel like a kid again as you tackle the climbing walls, a trampoline, monkey bars, slide and much more.


Troll Falls

Price: Free

Address: Troll Falls, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: It is a quick and easy 3.4-kilometre hike to a gorgeous waterfall. 


Discovery Canyon

Price: TBA

Address: 3800 River Bend Dr., Red Deer County, Alberta

Why You Need To Go: You can float down a lazy river until you reach the lagoon at this water park.

Quarry Lake

Price: Free

Address: Quarry Lake, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can beat the heat by cooling off at this secret swimming hole. It is a wonderful spot to go for the day and enjoy a picnic and relaxing in the water.


Bowden Sunflower Maze

Price: $9.00

When: August to September (exact date TBA)

Address: Range Rd. 14, Bowden, AB

Why You Need To Go: Together with your BFF you can explore a cheerful maze of 100,000 sunflowers. While there make sure to stop by their u-pick garden to get some flowers to bring home.


Bohemian Dreams Glamping

Price: $222.00 a night

Address: Banff, AB (address sent after booking)

Why You Need To Go: You can go glamping in a luxurious bell tent. It comes with everything you need including a comfortable bed, cooking area, hammock and patio area.


Cobb's Adventure Park

Price: $18.00 per person

Address: 1500 84th St. N.E., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: You don't need to fly all the way to Australia to see adorable kangaroos. At this adventure park, you can get up close to them at the petting zoo.


Monster Zipline Tour

Price: $69.99+ per person

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

Why You Need To Go: You can feel like a bird as you through the sky on North America’s fastest zipline. This thrilling ride includes three zip lines where you will reach speeds up to 120 kilometres per hour.


Saskatoon Farm

Price: $16.00 per bucket

Address: 80181 338 Ave. E. #20, Foothills County, AB 

Why You Need To Go: You can pick your own tasty cherries, strawberries, and black currants. 


Sweet Tooth Rolled Ice Cream

Price: $8.95+

Address: 206 Center St. S.E., Calgary, Alberta

Why You Need To Go: They have so many mouthwatering rolled ice cream bowls including some that taste like birthday cake or s'mores.


Birchwood Meadows

Price: $15.00+

Address: 56032 Rge. Rd. 245, Sturgeon County, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can explore this dreamy u-pick flower garden. Here they have 35 different types of plants that you can select from that come in all your favourite colours.


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