Everybody’s summers are looking a little different this year! With borders being closed, travel restrictions, and social distancing measures still in effect, families are having to reevaluate their summer vacation plans. Fortunately, we’ve been doing some research as well and have put together a list of a few fun, family-friendly activities and events going on in your cities this summer.
Go on a farmyard drive-thru at the Calgary Farmyard
Families can enjoy a visit to the farm from the comfort of their own vehicle! Drive through and see the pigs, sheep, llamas, bunnies, cows, donkeys, horses, chickens, and pigs. All you need to do is reserve a time slot and bring a food bank donation in lieu of paying for admission.
Check out Granary Road
As of June 19th, the Public Market and Active Learning Centre are back open at Granary Road, as is Dunvegan Gardens Garden Centre and Soffritto Pizza. Stop and smell the flowers, eat some wood-fired pizza, and hang out with the goats at this fun attraction just outside of Calgary!
Go on a nature walk at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Take a walk around the scenic Inglewood Bird Sanctuary — home to 270 species of birds, 21 species of mammals, and 347 different plant species! Enjoy some bird-watching or enroll your children in one of their day camps or group programs.
Go canoeing or kayaking
There are plenty of ponds, lakes, and rivers in the Calgary region that are safe for canoeing and kayaking this summer. If you don’t own a canoe or kayak, there are many places where you can rent one for the day. Just be sure to wear your lifejackets!
Visit Banff National Park
Banff National Park is just an hour and a half drive outside of Calgary and it makes for a great family day trip! Escape the city and take in the fresh mountain air, beautiful glacial lakes, and abundant wildlife. As of June 4th, the Banff gondola is up and running again too.
Explore the Calgary Zoo
All of the outdoor animal attractions are now open again at the Calgary Zoo! This includes the Canadian Wilds, Destination Africa, Land of the Lemurs, Eurasia, and Prehistoric Park habitats and exhibits.
Visit Heritage Park
Step back in time at the Heritage Park! The Gasoline Alley Museum reopened on June 3rd, and the Haskayne Mercantile Block shops and Railway Cafe are back in operation. The Historic Village has yet to reopen, but there’s still plenty to explore.