Time to take a Stampede break? There’s so much to see right outside the city limits.
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The Banff Gondola
Banff is one of many Calgarian’s favourite go-to day trips when you need some time away from the city. Banff National Park is actually the oldest National Park in Canada, established in 1885. If enjoying stunning mountain views, or exploring shops, museums and art galleries sounds right up your alley, you’ll love a trip to Banff. The Banff Gondola offers stunning views, and if you’re craving some fresh air you can hike to the summit of Sulfur Mountain and catch the Gondola on the way down.
Glacier Skywalk, Jasper
The Glacier Skywalk is a one hour drive south of Jasper, and it’s not for the faint of heart! The cliff-edge walkway leads out to a glass-floored observation platform with beautiful views of the surrounding ice-capped mountains. The Skywalk is 280 m (918 ft.) above the Sunwapta Valley. If heights make you a bit queasy, you might want to sit this one out, but if you can stomach it, the views are unbelievable.
Hiking in Bragg Creek
Bragg Creek is perfect for a quick trip out of the city. It’s a scenic 30 minute drive just west of Calgary. After you’ve explored the quaint and welcoming shops, galleries and restaurants in Bragg Creek’s town centre, you can hit the trails. There are endless options for hiking around Bragg Creek, whether you’re looking for a casual stroll or a steep and challenging climb. Bragg Creek’s website visitbraggcreek.com has a great list of easy, moderate and strenuous hikes for you to explore.
Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
If you’re looking for a day trip with history, Frank Slide is a stunning and memorable place to visit. Frank Slide is the location of Canada’s deadliest rockslide. The slide, which happened at Crowsnest Pass in 1903, left a large part of the mining town of Frank buried. A visit to the Interpretive Centre will allow you to experience what life was like before and after the slide. You can also hike a windy trail through the giant rocks of the Frank slide to experience the captivating views of Turtle Mountain.
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Eau Claire Distillery, Turner Valley
Turner Valley’s rolling hills are beautiful, and they’re also home to Alberta’s first independent craft distillery. A visit to Eau Claire Distillery is perfect for those who love a good, locally crafted Vodka, Gin or Whiskey. You can tour their working distillery and dunnage barrel warehouse then experience a tasting, including some products that are only available at the Distillery. Eau Claire Distillery uses 100% Alberta sourced grain, some of which they grow on their own farm. Each batch is bottled by hand. Definitely worth the drive.
Visit the Dinosaur Capital, Drumheller
Drumheller is a bit of a drive from Calgary, taking just under two hours. The drive itself is stunning, taking you through the scenic badlands of Alberta. Attractions in Drumheller include the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology and the Hoodoos and Hoodoo Trail. The Royal Tyrrell Museum houses one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs. The museum is great for kids and adults alike. If you opt to stay outdoors, you can explore the captivating sandstone hoodoos that take millions of years to form. Drumheller is perfect for a unique and fascinating family day away from the city!