5 Must-Do Summer Activities In And Around Calgary

Summer is here and adventure is calling. Last weekend, Kev and I hit the road with Alberta Motor Association and explored several summer destinations in and around Calgary! An array of fun and thrilling activities took us on an unforgettable adventure, all of which were made possible by AMA’s #TheRoadIsCalling summer campaign. Now, pack your bags, come on a road trip with us, and check out these 5 must-do summer activities from our memorable escape! At the end of the post, you will even get a chance to win tickets to some of the attractions!

Summer Activities Calgary

01| Whitewater Rafting at Horseshoe Canyon

With an easy access to wilderness, Calgary is a basecamp for adventures. A quick 1-hour drive from downtown Calgary will take you to Seebe, Alberta, where the Bow River surrounding Horseshoe Canyon offers a great opportunity for whitewater rafting.

Ever since my first rafting experience in Golden, BC, I have fallen in love with the thrills and excitement of riding bouncy rapids. Every summer, I long to be back on the rivers again and feed my soul with a rush of adrenaline – and this year is no exception. Last weekend, we drove out to Seebe and had a blast of whitewater excitement with Inside Out Experience!

Summer Activities Calgary: Whitewater Rafting

Seebe, Alberta

Our 3-hour rafting tour began with a safety presentation to educate us what gear to wear and what problems may arise. After changing into the proper outfit, we hopped onto a bus for a short ride to Horseshoe Dam. Upon arrival, we engaged in another safety talk on how to stay safe during the trip, divided into groups, and met our guide. There, the fun began!

Before we took off, our guide taught us how to paddle and gave us an overview of the instructions he would be giving us throughout the course. To partake in rafting, no prior experience is required, but you should be comfortable in water and have some swimming ability. Most importantly, you should stay alert at all time and listen to the guide’s instructions. Alright, now, let’s go conquer the rapids!

Summer Activities Calgary: Whitewater Rafting

Summer Activities Calgary: Whitewater Rafting

The river took us down a scenic waterway and provided exquisite views of the Rocky Mountains. At times, we paddled lightly to move the raft forward, while at other times, we engaged in long stretches of intense, powerful paddling to get over rough currents. The heart-pumping thrills were never-ending and we enjoyed every moment, even when being splashed by the water!

Summer Activities Calgary: Whitewater Rafting

For adrenaline junkies, there was a chance to do cliff jumping on the tour. You could either stay safe and comfortable to drop from a 10-ft cliff, or overcome your fear and push yourself to jump off 30 ft above water. Whichever your choose, you will make outdoor memories that last a lifetime!

Summer Activities Calgary: Whitewater Rafting

02| Solving Puzzles to Escape a Locked Themed Room

Back in the city, there is something entertaining you can do indoors. Escape game is becoming a popular trend in Calgary. The real-life interactive games give people a sense of adventure by locking them up inside a decorated room where they must discover clues and solve puzzles to get the key to freedom.

The Locked Room is the largest escape room business in Calgary, with 12 games to choose from and 3 locations across the city. From prison break, jewel heist to zombie apocalypse, the company offers various themes to suit everyone’s interests. Over the weekend, we gathered a few friends and visited The Heist room to have some fun and unleash our collective brain power!

The mission was clear: we were the world’s greatest master thieves and had a grand plan to steal the gold bullion hidden in a secret vault inside a mansion. Within a hour, we had to find the clues, bypass high tech security systems and successfully steal the gold. Sounds easy? (The success rate is only 17%!)

Summer Activities Calgary: The Locked Room

No doubt that we were under a bit of pressure with a 60-minute deadline. Nonetheless, we were able to keep cool, be observant and work cohesively with each other. With a bit of creativity, teamwork and logical thinking, we accomplished our mission to steal the hidden gold! It was our most intense and exciting 60 minutes ever!

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03| Saying Hello to Penguins and Friends

Calgary Zoo is the second largest in Canada, holding over thousands of animals from around the globe. One of the highlights in the zoo is meeting the beloved penguins. At Penguin Plunge, you will get a chance to watch four different species swim through the water at lightning speed. If they find you adorable, they might even splash water on you! That’s their way of showing affection 😉  Keep an eye on the daily program. Sometimes the keepers will share stories and information about these cute little creatures.

Summer Activities Calgary: Calgary Zoo

Summer Activities Calgary: Calgary Zoo

While at the zoo, don’t forget to explore the Canadian Wilds, where you can get a glimpse of the bears, wolves, otters, bighorn sheep and caribou!

Summer Activities Calgary: Calgary Zoo

04| Getting up Close and Personal with Aircraft

Another great indoor attraction is the Aero Space Museum of Calgary. Featuring a collection of vintage planes and aerospace artifacts, the museum gives visitors a chance to see the aircraft up close. Although it is not as big as the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, this museum has everything from antique biplanes, jet fighters to air engines that promise to satisfy all curious minds.

Summer Activities Calgary: Aero Space Museum

Summer Activities Calgary: Aero Space Museum

WACO EQC-6 was used extensively in Canada in 1930s-1940s. It was the first aircraft type to operate as an air ambulance in Canada. It was also used for barnstorming, creational flying and freight-carrying.

Besides seeing some of the historic civilian planes and military planes from World War I onwards, we also spent some time learning about the aviation and military history in Western Canada. Do you know that Avro Lancaster, Britain’s most famous bomber during WWII, could carry the largest and heaviest bomb that weighs 10,000kg?!

Summer Activities Calgary: Aero Space Museum

Avro Lancaster

Summer Activities Calgary: Aero Space Museum

Avro Lancaster – an important feature was its unobstructed 33 ft (10 m) long bomb bay.

Not interested in all the details about avionics technology and engineering? Not a problem. The museum also shares information on the flight training programs in the 1900s and individuals who have influenced Alberta’s aviation industry. Even if you’re not an aviation enthusiast, a tour at the museum will sure take your mind away.

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Many of Calgary’s roads are actually named after individuals who have influenced Alberta’s aviation industry

05| Travel Back in Time and Explore What the 1800s was Like in Western Canada

A visit to the Heritage Park in the summertime is a must. The historical park, with over 180 exhibits on 127 acres of land, is Canada’s largest living history museum. Stepping into the park is like stepping back in time and seeing the past comes to life in front of your eyes. You will see Canadian history from the 1860s to 1950s unfold before you while enjoying plenty of good old-fashioned fun!

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Ride the authentic steam train, learn to make old-fashioned ice cream from the prairie townsfolk, take a swing around the antique midway, hop on a horse-drawn wagon ride, and enjoy a cruise aboard Calgary’s only paddlewheeler. With all the things you can do at Heritage Park, you’ll never get bored!

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That’s not it! There are a lot more things to do in Calgary. Check out this post for a 2 full day itinerary!

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Have I convinced you to take a two-day road trip to Calgary? Imagine all the fun you can have and memories you can make! If I’ve got your attention this far, I’m sure you will be even more interested in what I’m going to offer you: a chance to win 2 passes to Inside Out Experience, 2 passes to Aero Space Museum of Calgary and 2 admissions to The Locked Room.

Giveaway

Here’s how to enter to win a #TheRoadIsCalling Calgary prize pack (valued at $275):

Note: Below are the different ways you can enter the contest. Make sure to check off what you’ve done through the Rafflecopter widget below to qualify. It is mandatory to leave a comment to be eligible for the prize. All other ways give you bonus entries to improve your chances of winning. The contest will remain open until Aug 25th, 2016. The lucky winner will be announced on the very next day, Aug 26th, 2016. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the Alberta Motor Association, as part of AMA’s “The Road is Calling” summer campaign. Your AMA Membership can save you – whether you need roadside assistance, to book a vacation or at one of our Rewards partners. We’re also having an awesome summer road trip contest as part of this campaign, where you could win an escorted journey through Ireland (a $9,000 value)! Check out ama.ab.ca/theroadiscalling to enter the contest, and see the adventures other bloggers went on!

Summer is here and adventure is calling. Wondering what you can do in Calgary? Here are the 5 top activities!

Summer is incredibly fun in Calgary, Canada! Indoor or outdoor, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Click through to find out the best things to do for an unforgettable summer in Calgary. #roadtrip #travelguide #tripplanning #traveltips #itinerary #thingstodo #canadaroadtrip #alberta #calgary #canada #summertravels #cityguide

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  1. I love road tripping to Calgary! I would love to try the whitewater rafting and I haven’t made it to the zoo to meet the penguins yet.

  2. Calgary looks like such a fun place to visit! I have never been whitewater rafting, but you make it look so fun, I must give it a try.

  3. Anything outdoors and wildlife viewing, so rafting and hiking are top. Calgary is on my bucket list along w/Banff & Jasper!

  4. Awesome activity ideas, if I ever get to Calgary I will definitely be trying some of these.

  5. Whitewater rafting sounds like so much fun, I’d love to try that one day!

  6. Looks like so much fun! I have always wanted to try white water rafting and that 1800’s village looks fun too. I’m a huge history buff.

  7. Thank you for enlightening me about all the exciting choices Calgary has to offer us. Absolutely love your pictures!!

  8. This looks amazing! I wasn’t in Calgary for very long (and in the dead of winter) but I’d love to visit again in better weather.

  9. Wow, looks like you guys had an awesome trip! I love whitewater rafting and did it a couple of times in the States – I would jump at the opportunity to do it again! The Heritage Park looks awesome as well! Another area to add to my Canada bucket list!

  10. The locked rooms was great!
    Haven’t been back to heritage park in years! Should go back and see what’s up there

  11. All the activities are so much fun! i didn’t know most of them. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Being born and raised in Calgary, I often take for granted all the wonderful things that I am able to explore. I would love to explore the classic gems in the city, to make me feel like a tourist in my own home. Places like the Calgary Tower, Heritage Park, Devonian Gardens and Inglewood would be a wonderful throwback!

  13. I would like to take my kids to the Heritage Park so they may take a glimpse and experience how people live before and teach them the way pioneers live and appreciate the value of history and heritage in their lives.

  14. I would love to try that white water rafting 

  15. Despite being born in Calgary, I’ve never actually gone whitewater rafting! Sounds like an awesome experience to try. Thanks for sharing Cat!

  16. Awesome activities around Calgary! We will be traveling North America next year and keep your post in mind!

  17. Calgary sounds like a very interesting place!

  18. Would love to solve puzzles in the locked room and also if posisble get to see the penguins! haha greedy!

  19. Our family would love to go white water rafting again. And we haven’t yet been to Jasper and the Icefields!

  20. I would love to try the white water rafting, it’s a bucket list thing. It’s been quite a few yrs since visiting Heritage Park & going back there would be fun. For yrs I’ve been driving by the Aero Space Museum going to & from work & always mean to visit, maybe this is the summer to do it.

  21. I would love to explore the military museum in calgary. It looks like a fascinating place like the Aero Space museum.

  22. Traveling is my passion and I’ve never been to Calgary! Omg this looks like so much fun! I would love going whitewater rafting, the museum and to be honest I’ve never done an escape room experience this looks like my kind of adventure! Can’t wait!

  23. I would love to try the white water rafting adventure, I would to ably be nervous to start but laugh my butt off once we get going! Good luck all

  24. River floats on hot days are the best. 

  25. Calgary is always a go to place every summer! With so much to explore, you won’t really run out of things to do! I love this city and it’s really one of my top-choice for a quick weekend getaway or a mini vacation! Would really love to try and share the adventure of going white water rafting! 🙂

  26. What fun! Not only have we not road-tripped around Alberta, we haven’t even been there yet. I know…shame on us! But we’ve got a nice list of what to do when we get there, now! (Added it to our Pinterest board for Canada, too. 🙂 Thanks for all the great ideas!

  27. I love the zoo and I m sure my kids will love there too. 

    BTW yr pics r super nice

  28. So awesome that you have such a variety of attractions in Calgary. The Aero Space Museum looks particularly interesting.

  29. I would love to experience white water rafting and try out the food scene in the great West.

  30. Must say that I love the layout of your site!! The whitewater rafting and escape room look amazing and I would love to try them in Calgary!

  31. Lots to do in Calgary. Suggest Calgary Tower

  32. I would love to go to the zoo!,

  33. Love Calgary area attractions. Would really enjoy the aero space museum and heritage park.

  34. These sound like so much fun! We have something like The Locked Room where I live, but I’ve only tried it once with some people and lost. 🙁 Congratulations on winning! 😀

  35. I would like to try the whitewater rafting but the other stuff isn’t quite my scene. I love the outdoor stuff and all the nature. I feel like my friends with kids will like the other suggestions!

  36. The Locked Room sounds like great fun!!

  37. Speaking about Calgary. You can also visit these guys- EscapeHour! They have cool escape rooms, where you can spend your time and have a lot of fun

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