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7 one-of-a-kind summer staycation activities you can only enjoy in Alberta

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Everyone’s favourite season is upon us, but how will you make the most of it? The prairies may not have a ton of sand or get consistent sun, but we do have amazing things to see, do and enjoy between spring and fall. Rain or shine, get out there and explore while you can, friends! Here are just 7 one-of-a-kind summer staycation activities you can only enjoy in Alberta.

Fall in love at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Who doesn’t love dogs?! Seriously. Have an interactive afternoon with the biggest, and most beautiful breed at the Yamnuska Sanctuary. Get up close and personal with a pack of wolves, listen, learn and tour the sanctuary with an expert guide.

Where: 263156 Range Road 53 Cochrane, Alberta

Split a Milkshake at Marv’s Classic Soda Shop

Get vintage at Black Diamond’s crown jewel, Marv’s Classic Soda Shop. This ’50s inspired restaurant is probably the most periodically accurate dining experience in the entire province. Enjoy good food, performances, a dance party, and the warming company of Marv and his staff.

Where: 121 Centre Avenue W, Black Diamond

Stay in one of Aspen Crossing’s Caboose Cabins

Experience comfort, fresh air and history at Aspen Crossing! This ‘glamp ground’ has given a new life to old train cars, by redecorating the insides with fireplaces, warm beds, TVs and kitchenettes. Just outside your one-of-a-kind suites, check their chicken coop, beautiful flower garden,  pigpen, and a lagoon where you can relax on some sand. Honestly, guys AC is basically the perfect staycation spot to get off the grid and enjoy nature without having to pitch a tent.

Where: 1Km W # 24 Mossleigh, Alberta

Appreciate the Landscaping around Edmonton Legislature Building

Grab a dipped cone or an iced coffee, roll up your pantlegs and run through the beautiful fountains in front of the Alberta Legislature Building. This historic political site is a gorgeous place to have a picnic, an exciting place to explore and an A+ photo op. Learn, relax and enjoy Alberta’s epicentre!

Where: 10800 97 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Hike the Rockies

Take in breathtaking views from Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. Whether you’re hoping to take a light nature walk or long to be in pain the next day after doing something a little more advanced, we can promise you an eventful day where you’re likely to forget all your troubles. Or, you can always just hit up the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, which is currently 30% off for Albertan residents.

Where: Check out our favourite hikes here

Tour the ghostly Mines of Wayne Alberta

Deep in the provinces Badlands, adventure seekers can delve deep into the mines of Wayne, Alberta, a spooky ghost town just outside of Drumheller. While you’re there check out the Last Chance Saloon, a snapshot of the old west; wander the old hotel and explore the untouched artifacts and buildings left behind by a once-thriving community.

Where: 555 Jewel Street. Rosedale Station, AB

Spend the night at one of Fairmont’s beautiful mountain resorts

Whether you choose to visit Banff, Canmore, Jasper or Lake Louise, spend the night in one of Alberta’s most prestigious hotels. Enjoy the luxurious amenities (who’s ready to lose a dollar on the golf course?), chow down on a 5-star meal, hit the spa or take in the sights and sounds of the outdoors! Plus, Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise are all 35% off for Albertan residents!

Where: See all hotel locations here

Well, there you have it! 7 one-of-a-kind summer staycation activities you can only enjoy in Alberta. What will you get up to this season?! We think we’ll just move onto the grounds of the sanctuary. Maybe the pack will accept us as one of their own! Stranger things have happened!

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