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Guide: 10 things you have to do before summer ends in Calgary

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With some strategy and planning, a little heat can go a long way. Soak up the sun while it lasts, YYC!  It won’t be long until the leaves turn yellow, the sky turns gray and the pumpkin spice takes over. August came out of nowhere, and September isn’t far behind. If you’re not sure where to start – or finish, here are 10 things you have to do before summer ends in Calgary.

GALAVANT THROUGH A FIELD OF SUNFLOWERS

alberta sunflower fields

Did you even show up to summer 2020 if you didn’t take a million photos in a far-as-the-eye-can-see sunflower field? Throw on a straw hat, call up your social bubble, and fire up that GPS. This is an Alberta must-visit before the end of the season.

When: Mid August-Mid September
Where: 34532 RR#14 Red Deer County
Time: See times here
Cost: $10 +

BRING HOME FRESH BERRIES FROM AN ALBERTA U-PICK

u-picks near calgary

Everything tastes just that much better when you’ve worked for it – especially when that work isn’t really ‘work’ at all. Grab a bucket, breathe in some fresh air and make the most of a beautiful day at one of Alberta’s super wholesome fruit fields.

When: Whenever!
Where: See locations here!
Time: Anytime!
Cost: Prices Vary

CATCH A DRIVE-THRU FLICK

motor nights drive in calgary

So you’re not comfortable hitting a theatre quite yet. That’s totally fine! Catch a summer blockbuster at Curiocity’s Motor Nights Drive-in! From vintage classics to new school cool, this series of Drive-In Events will be bringing you everything you want in a night at the movies- nostalgia, excitement, and a sense of community in a year when we could all use it the most.

When: Next Dates TBA
Where: Cochrane District AG Society
Cost: $56 +

HAVE A ROMANTIC SUMMER PICNIC

river cafe calgary picnic

We don’t know about you guys, but the way to our hearts is definitely through our stomach. Before summer’s end, check out one of the River Cafe’s newest offerings: A customizable picnic! Create your own menu, pick your favourite bottle of wine, your basket and enjoy a spark-filled evening on the grass.

When: Whenever
Where: Wherever
Time: Any time!
Cost: Prices vary

FLOAT THE BOW

This summer cool off with a good ol’ float down the Bow. Grab your pals, a dingy and some snacks then hit Calgary’s winding river. Kick back and enjoy the sun on your face and the water on your toes on an obligatory YYC adventure.

When: Anytime
Where: See launch points here
Time: Anytime
Cost: Prices vary

GO GLAMPING

sundance lodges camping near calgary

Camping isn’t for everyone. Setting up a tent, living off the land, and substituting a flush toilet with a stump is certainly not universally beloved. Alberta’s Sundance Lodges are the glampers answer to comfort and nature. There’s nothing wrong with appreciating 21st-century luxury, but man is it good to get outdoors everyone in a while.

When: See available dates here
Where: AB-40 Kananaskis, Alberta
Time: Any time
Cost: $34+ a night

TAKE A PEDAL PUB TOUR

pedal pub

They told us to stop drinking and get some exercise. Instead, we think we’ll just do both. This summer, hop on this 15 person bike, grab a drink and cruise through YYC’s downtown. On every two hour trip, you’ll hit local breweries, resto hotspots and maybe even learn a thing or two!

When: See available dates here
Where: 1417 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Time: See times here
Cost: $50 +

GRAB A BITE AT A FOOD TRUCK DRIVE-THRU

Get your fill of deep-fried, unique, bite-sized, comfort snacks at one of the many YYCFoodTrucks drive-thrus this summer. What’s better than an ice-cold lemonade, a street taco, and some mini donuts on a hot day? Literally nothing, guys. That’s what.

When: See dates here
Where: See locations here
Time: See times here
Cost: Prices vary

BROWSE THROUGH AN OUTDOOR MARKET

City to hold pop-up farmers markets all summer, here's how to find them

It’s a tradition! Who doesn’t love a good summer farmers market?! Enjoy a beautiful morning of local vendors, organic foods, and sunshine at the Millarville Market. Grab a cold lemonade or a tasty bite at one of their food trucks and breathe in the out-of-city air.

When: Every Saturday
Where: 306097 192 Street West, Millarville
Time: 9 am – 2 pm
Cost: Free

GO CAVING

Banff Adventures

Before summer’s end, embark on a one of a kind, 4 to 6 km adventure through the caverns below Alberta’s Bow Valley and learn about our province’s natural history. With the help of a trained guide, squeeze in and out of the tight spaces and narrow walkways several feet underneath Grotto Mountian.

When: See available dates here
Where: 211 Bear Street – Banff, Alberta
Time: See times here
Cost: $135 +

There you have it, Calgary, 10 bucket list things to try before the summer is over. Hit this one out of the park, folks – It’ll be flannel season in no time.