You finally get to wear your shorts and feel the warm breeze on your face. You stand outside without getting clobbered in the face with snow or a frigid wind. Yes, I’m talking about summer in Calgary.
For visitors to “Cowtown,” an enduring nickname to describe the City of Calgary, there are several months where residents and vacationers alike have a myriad of options to enjoy.
While the Calgary Stampede definitely tops the to-do list of activities, there are also a fair amount of adventures to satisfy even the pickiest of visitors.
Many of the activities are close to the Regency Suites Hotel, and for those events or places that are a bit more of a trek, the CTrain is a short walk for a fast and easy ride to your destination.
Narcity’s article “17 Things to Do with Your Bestie in Calgary This Summer” is a guideline for what to do while you’re in Calgary. Below are our top 5 picks from the list, to get you started.
You can’t miss the Glenbow Museum, located in the heart of the city—merely minutes from Calgary’s city hall and a 15-minute walk from the Regency Suites Hotel. If you’re tired of the sun and need a break or simply crave some art, look no further. Starting June 19th, you can take in the Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master exhibit, which runs until September 9th and shows works that have never been on public display.
Do you love a mini-road trip even when visiting a new city? We do too! Canmore is about a one-hour drive from Calgary. You can definitely experience this small quaint city in one day. Whether you’re a serious hiker or prefer a flat surfaced walk around the outskirts of the city centre, Canmore offers a hike or walk for all skill levels.
The main drag offers shopping, patios, unique restaurants, and cozy coffee shops and bookstores to keep you busy all day. Whatever your fancy, you’ll be pleased you experienced the Rockies up close and personal—the scenic drive will be just the start of your amazing experience.
A short walk from your hotel room, Prince’s Island Park makes you feel like you’re far away from the hustle and bustle of the city—any day of the week. Experience a luxurious lunch at the River Café, overlooking the Bow River. Take in a leisurely stroll or rent a bike to take you along the many river pathways. Or, simply stop for an ice cream or a refreshing beer at one of the many restaurants at Eau Claire Market. The possibilities are endless. Even the somewhat hidden playground is a treat for the kid in you. Discover Prince’s Island for all its worth.
If you’re a tourist visiting Calgary in July and love folk music, you’re in luck! The ever-popular Calgary Folk Festival runs from July 26 to July 29; get your tickets early. The festival is one of the most popular summer events that brings people from all over the world—both artists and attendees. Some of the headliners include Damien Jurado and A Tribe Called Red. Get your groove on at this must-see music festival.
If you enjoy people watching and great food and bevies, this is one spot to take in on your holiday. For the visitor who can’t decide if they want a variety of beer, coffee, or pizza (or all of the above!) within minutes, this popular street will not disappoint.
If you’re vegan, stop by The Coup and co-mingle with the locals and the newbies as you sip a unique cocktail or savor their signature Thai curry bowl. If you get tired of the gluttony and people, a 15-minute walk to the Elbow River paths will calm your senses. Big trees and the flow of water will entice you to walk further on and get you ready for your next adventure.