Spectacular Alberta is one of the most popular travel destinations in Canada, thanks to its rugged Rocky Mountains, pristine lakes, endless prairies and friendly welcoming cowboy culture. Even though I grew up in Alberta, the larger-than-life landscapes are still capable of filling me with awe. I’ll never get enough of this big nature-lover’s playground.
The very best time to visit Alberta is during the summer months, from June to September. The winter in this part of the world is long and incredibly cold – but the summers are brief, bright and scorching. Although it might be -30 degrees Celsius in the middle of December, it can easily get to 30 degrees above in the heat of August. Since they have been cooped up for months on end in the bitter snow and cold, Albertans embrace the short blazing summer with open (sunburnt) arms.
During the hot months, there isn’t a lakeside town or forest campground that isn’t alive with families having barbeques and playing Frisbee. Everyone embraces the summer holidays as much as possible – going camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and swimming in the beautiful forests, foothills and mountains.
If you are visiting Alberta during the summer, you will discover a festival or a country western fair almost every weekend, as well as numerous outdoor concerts and events. It’s the best time to explore the great outdoors and see the amazing scenery that this province has to offer.
What to Do in Alberta In the Summer
Looking for ideas for what you can do in my home province if you are visiting in the summer. Here are a few suggestions to get you started when planning your trip:
- Go Horseback Riding – Discover Canada’s Wild West from the saddle, just like the explorers did many centuries ago. There are many horseback riding tour companies in Banff, Jasper and other locations. In fact, a third of all horses in Canada are in Alberta.
- Canoeing or Kayaking – There are many excellent lakes and rivers in Alberta for canoeing and kayaking – such as the North Saskatchewan, the Bow River or Lakeland Provincial Park.
- Play a Round of Golf – Alberta has some of the best golf courses in the country, with more than 300 to choose from.
- Get a Mountain Biking Thrill – Alberta offers fantastic terrain for mountain bikers, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned thrill seeker.
- Take a Leisurely Cycle Journey – If you are more of a peaceful cyclist rather than an adrenaline junkie, there are also hundreds of paved bike paths that wind through the scenic river valleys and parks in Alberta.
- See Dinosaur History – Alberta is known for being a hotbed for fossil discoveries and some of the most significant dinosaur finds were made here. Visit the Canadian Badlands and the Royal Tyrell Museum to see evidence of these prehistoric creatures.
- Lounge at the Lake – It’s the quintessential Albertan summer activity. Make some hot dogs, go for a swim, go windsurfing and treat yourself to some ice cream. Try the Big Moo Ice Cream Parlour in Sylvan Lake, with an amazing range of flavours to choose from.
These are just a few of the great things that you can do in Alberta in the summer, so why not plan your trip for these few short, hot and exciting months?
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