If you're looking for a way to treat that special someone while the sun's still out, you've come to the right place. These summer dates in Alberta are sure to impress. With precious days left until fall arrives, it's time to take your summer fling out on the town.

Are you tired of the same old dinner dates or movie nights? Why not opt for one of these wild adventures across the province while you can still step outside without your face freezing off. With these ideas, you'll be sure to have a summer to remember.

This list includes everything from retro drive-in movie theatres to hidden neighbourhood gems. But regardless of how popular they are, these are all absolute winners.

Take that special someone on a wild hike that looks like the surface of Mars or stargaze up at the Milky Way from a totally dark night sky. Get lost in a giant maze of sunflowers, or maybe corn if you're allergic to pollen.

Whether it's soaking on a rooftop hot tub or sailing over the Rocky Mountains via gondola, you can turn this summer into one for the history books.

All you have to do is take the plunge.

Make A Feathered Friend At Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Price: Free

Address: 2425 9 Ave., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Take a romantic stroll through the giant sanctuary with 270 different bird species to spot.

Get Old School At The Telus Spark Drive-in Theatre

Price: $35 to 40 per vehicle (max 5 people)

Address: 220 Saint George's Drive, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Embrace the old school cool this summer. They're showing tons of old classics like The Goonies or Jurassic Park.

Smell The Roses At The University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Price: $18.75

Address: 51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove, AB

Why You Need To Go: Stroll through the gorgeous rose gardens while admiring the breathtaking Aga Khan garden.

Picnic In Prince's Island Park

Price: Free

Address: 4 St. and 1 Ave., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Definitely one of the most scenic parks in the city. Nothing says romantic more than a sun-soaked lunch for two on the grass.

Go Stargazing At Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Price: Free

Address: 8304 AB-41, Elkwater, AB

Why You Need To Go: This park on the border of Alberta and Saskatchewan is famous for growing so dark at night you could see the Milky Way as clear as day.

Make Some New Animal Friends At The Calgary Zoo

Price: $29.95

Address: 210 Saint George's Drive, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This place is a Calgary classic. Meet and greet all the adorable animals with your beau.

Get Lost In A Giant Sunflower Maze

Price: $10

When: Mid-August to mid-September (exact dates TBA)

Address: Range Rd. 14, Bowden, AB

Why You Need To Go: Take your relationship to fairytale levels by frolicking through a field of enormous sunflowers.

Visit The Tropics At The Devonian Gardens

Price: Free

Address: CORE Shopping Centre, 4th floor 333 7 Ave., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Spend an afternoon exploring this emerald oasis in the centre of the city, home to over 500 trees, a fish pond, and an entire playground.

Get Your Adrenaline Pumping At Blackshale Suspension Bridge

Price: Free

Address: Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: No bonding experience is better than a near-death experience, right? This beginner-friendly trail includes an exhilarating (but safe) bridge.

See Baby Animals At Calgary Farmyard

Price: $17.95

Address: 284022 Township Rd. 224, Rocky View, AB

Why You Need To Go: This farmyard is the ultimate place to take a date who loves animals. There are 30+ attractions here, including their enormous corn maze.

Take A Romantic Ride On The Banff Gondola

Price: $60+

Address: 100 Mountain Ave., Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: A trip to Banff wouldn't be complete without a sightseeing adventure high up in the skies. Look over the Rockies from a bird's eye view.

Stop For Ice Cream At Luke's Drug Mart

Price: πŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

Address: 112 4 St. NE, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This classic shop is a well-guarded neighbourhood secret. Their soft-serve is famous, and you can find just about anything on their shelves.

Wander ContainR Park

Price: Free

Address: 1020 2 Ave., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This park of abandoned shipping containers was transformed into an enormous art gallery of graffiti.

Bike Through The Iconic Neon Sign Museum

Price: Free

Address: 104 St., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: There's an entire alley filled to the brim with old neon signs in Edmonton, and it's completely free to visit. Go at night for the full experience.

Grab A Pint At The Trippy Cold Garden Beverage Company

Price: πŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

Address: 1100 11 St., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This pub comes straight out of the Great Gatsby with all the colour and excitement of a 1920s party.

Go On A Surreal Dream Hike Down Horsethief Canyon

Price: Free

Address: Munson, AB

Why You Need To Go: This hike is one of the most surreal in Canada. Walking among the wind-worn hoodoos, you'll feel as if you've stepped into another dimension.

Go Retro At The Rec Room Arcade

Price: πŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

Address: 1180 - 901 64 Ave., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This is the best place to visit if you can't decide what to do. It's got everything from an arcade to axe throwing.

Spend A Lazy Afternoon Floating Down The Pembina River

Price: $28.00+

Address: 53217 Range Rd. 74 A, Entwistle, AB

Why You Need To Go: No better way to spend a sunny day than drifting down a lazy river with a beer in hand.

Take A Trip Through Time At Jurassic Forest

Price: $15

Address: 2-23210 Township Rd. 564, Gibbons, AB

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like a kid again when exploring this gorgeous forest filled with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs.


Relax & Unwind At The Banff Meadow Spa And Pools

Price: πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

Address: 345 Banff Ave., Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: End your provincial tour with a well-earned soak in these beautiful rooftop pools.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.


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