Outdoor Summer Activities in and Around Calgary

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Summer Bucket List

Outdoor Summer Activities in and Around Calgary

Discover fun things to do in Calgary this summer.

There is nothing like summer in Calgary, the sunniest major city in Canada with the longest trail network in North America. It’s the perfect time to soak up the sun, find fun things to do, and explore the great outdoors in a whole new way. Summer in Calgary can be short so start checking off your summer bucket list early. From hiking and biking to river surfing and picnics, outdoor summer adventures are ready and waiting for you in and around Calgary.


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Sikome Lake at Fish Creek Park in Calgary.

Sikome Lake at Fish Creek Park in Calgary.


Fish Creek Park and Best Parks in Calgary

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Upper Kananaskis Lake (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Karl Lee).

Upper Kananaskis Lake (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Karl Lee).


Hikes in Calgary

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Gear up for your next hiking experience with the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre, with everything from hiking boots and poles to backpacking packs and gaiters.


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Biking in Calgary (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

Biking in Calgary (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).


Biking Trails

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Take your two wheeled tour to Bike and Brew in Bridgeland for a quick tune-up and an awesome cup of coffee.


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Downhill Karting at WinSport in Calgary.

Downhill Karting at WinSport in Calgary.


Outdoor Activities for Kids

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Take a family photo in front of the historic Jamaican bobsled at WinSport, home to the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, in front of the Frank King Day Lodge.


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River rafting in Calgary with the Calgary River Experience (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Caitlyn Giorgio).

River rafting in Calgary with the Calgary River Experience (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Caitlyn Giorgio).


River Rafting

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Plan your day on the water and park a car at the start and end of your river float and remember a set of keys for both cars before jumping on the raft. Some rental companies provide shuttle services, or you can taxi or ride-share back to your original starting spot.


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Picnic in Prince’s Island Park in Calgary.

Picnic in Prince’s Island Park in Calgary.


Picnic Spots

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River surfing at the 10th Street Wave in Calgary (Photo credit: Kelly Hofer).

River surfing at the 10th Street Wave in Calgary (Photo credit: Kelly Hofer).


River Surfing in Calgary

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Not ready to jump in the water? Locals love to watch river surfing from the banks of the Bow River at the popular 10th Street Wave in downtown Calgary and get the ultimate Instagram shot.


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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (Photo credit: Travel Alberta / Jeremy Fokkens).

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (Photo credit: Travel Alberta / Jeremy Fokkens).


Day Trips near Calgary

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