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It’s road trip season! Summer is almost here and it’s time to start digging out your GPS (or map if you’re old school) and hit the road.
But where to go?
Well, it’s a good thing you’re here because here are 5 road trip suggestions near Calgary!
How long is the drive? About 1hr and 15mins west of Calgary
This might seem obvious for anyone that lives in Calgary, but Banff justifies repeated visits even when skiing is off the menu. Head down to the main strip for some shopping and some excellent candy shops (we’re not responsible for your cavities, though). If you haven’t ruined your appetite with candy, head out for lunch at some great restaurants like Eddie Burger for their insanely delicious burgers.
Whether you spend the afternoon hiking, playing a round of golf, or taking a gondola ride up a mountain, Banff is filled with so many activities it would be hard to list them all. Take a look at their website to get even more ideas, but make sure to check out the Banff Springs Hotel before you leave. It’s stunning.
How long is the drive? About 3hrs south of Calgary
As you enter Waterton, you will see what appears to be a castle perched high up on the hill. It’s the Prince of Wales Hotel and make sure you stop in take a few photos of the historic 1920’s landmark. Afterwards, head on into town for lunch and you might be lucky enough to see some wildlife taking a stroll. Also, being right beside a huge lake gives you the opportunity to rent a paddleboat and give your afternoon an aquatic twist.
But don’t forget about what is arguably Waterton’s biggest draw: its hiking trails. Waterton has 200 kilometers of hiking trails that range in difficulty. So whether you’re an experienced hiker, or just out for an afternoon walk through the woods, there is a trail for you! Here’s a handy guide to help you plan your journey.
Bonus tip: Waterton is really close to the US border, so bring your passport if you want to make the jump over to Montana and visit our American friends!
How long is the drive? 1.5hrs from Calgary
Home to world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in dinosaurs. Which is all of us.
Explore the canyons and hoodoos with the kids in search of fossils and bring a picnic to take in the nice hot weather. Perfect for summer hikes and learning more about the creatures that once ruled the Earth, Drumheller is a perfect place for a summer road trip.
How long is the drive? About half an hour south of Calgary
If you’re more interested in a short trip, might we suggest the excellent farmer’s market in Millarville? Head down on a Saturday to see one of the best farmer’s markets in Alberta and stock up on locally grown fruit and veggies.
Take a look around at the glorious foothills, maybe take in some horse racing or rodeo events, and be home in time for dinner!
How long is the drive? About 1hr and 40mins south of Calgary
Designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo jump is considered in the same league as the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge. It marks the location the native Plains People would hunt buffalo by stampeding them over a cliff, something they were able to do because of their understanding of the land and the animal itself.
Take some pictures by the jump, but be sure to head to the visitor centre for fascinating exhibits detailing the land, people, cultures and animals that once made up what we now call Alberta.
How long is the drive? About 1hr and 15mins Northeast of Calgary
And now for something a little different: the Torrington Gopher Hole Museum.
If you’ve ever wanted to go to a museum filled with taxidermied gophers set up in intricate dioramas, then have we got the destination for you! Easily the weirdest thing you could do with an afternoon, we suggest stopping in on the drive up to Edmonton for some pictures. You truly have to see this to believe it.
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