Making a trip to Canada? Feel like seeing the rocky mountains but also experience a thriving city? Travel to Calgary, Alberta! Make sure to go in the summer as that is the best time to go. Cold winters are not typically on a vacations itinerary unless you’re a skier or snowboarder. The summers are typically quite nice in Alberta especially in July and early August. Calgary is a busy city with a growing metropolis so try not to get caught in rush hour Monday to Friday from roughly 7am-9am and 3pm-6pm. This will keep you stress free. Calgary is a beautiful city to visit with many green areas, a lovely downtown core, and mountains and prairies on the landscape.
First thing you want to do is take in the view. If you have a car, you can drive up 14th street north and eventually you will see a turn off to the left that goes up to a little parking area that is a part of Nosehill park allowing you to view the city and all its lights. I recommend going at night. With or without a car, make sure you go see the Calgary Tower. 525 feet above ground is a beautiful observatory with 360 degree views allowing for a breathtaking view of the city. This tower also has a glass floor if your dare to walk on air. At least is feels that way. The tower is roughly $15 for an adult and $7 for a kid last I checked.
If you want to try a local favorite, go tubing down the Elbow river or the Bow river. The Elbow is a much more shallow and slower river than the Bow making it a safer and more calm ride. What you do is hit up a Wal-Mart and buy a tube. Doesn’t have to be expensive. Make sure you have at least one paddle. You may also want a life jacket as it is technically illegal not to have one in the tube. Now you may want two cars or else you will need to call a cab at some point. Point A is where you launch the tube and point B is where you get out and get back on land. Point B is where you need a ride back to your car. Don’t forget the keys! Best place to launch is referred to as the dog park. Take Crowchild trail south until it ends. This is the dog park. Find your way to the river and launch the boat. It’s a good idea to know where you are going to stop especially if your second car is parked there. Pump up your boat, get in, and enjoy the float. Very relaxing and a great way to tan on a hot day. You will most likely see hundreds of other Calgarians ranging from families to young adults drinking beer. You will also float by many multi-million dollar homes. Enjoy!
There are many fun things to do in Calgary during the summer time. The Calgary Stampede is a world renown event in early July but I’ll explain that in another article!