By Content Contributor: Matt Beauchamp
With the arrival of summer, everyone is looking for reasons to get out of the house on weekends (or to play hooky from work).
Our last article about unique spring day trips was our most read story this year.
We received so many suggestions that we’ve compiled a second list of unique things to do in the Calgary Region:
1. Bar U Ranch
Bar U Ranch is a national historic site and the crown jewel in Parks Canada’s crown.
The ranch takes a living history approach to teaching the ranching industry’s evolution.
Family’s can enter for under $20, and it makes a great weekend day trip.
Free for all visitors, the Turner Valley Spray park is open daily during the spring and summer from 9am till 7pm.
Bring the family and a picnic as you enjoy the water and the (hopefully) hot weather.
Monitored by staff from the local pool, the Turner Valley Spray Park ensures safe fun for everyone.
Every motorcycle fanatic knows the cowboy trail out to Turner Valley is one of the most gorgeous rides around the Calgary Region.
Located in Turner Valley, Motorrad Motorcycle shop provides everything motorcycle enthusiast need.
Furthermore, on Motorrad’s property sits Motoburrito, a food trailer serving up some of the areas best Mexican food.
The course has hosted some of the provinces best tournaments over the years. It’s a must play for the weekend duffer or the avid golfer.
With reasonable rates, tee times fill up quickly so check out their website to book your time.
Looking for a romantic getaway? Or just some time outside the city?
Then Windflower Bed and Breakfast is for you. It’s a wonderful destination to enjoy nature and country life.
Located just west of Turner Valley in the scenic foothills of Southern Alberta.
Spirit Hills Winery makes delicious artisan wines and mead.
For just $10 you can visit their tasting room and get a tour.
Did you know it’s bees that help with the wine making process?
Saturday’s from 9 am till 2 pm you can experience one of the Calgary Region’s best markets.
With a variety of produce stands, artists, food trucks and more, this market is a great way to spend a Saturday morning.
8. The Big Rock
The inspiration for one of the provinces – and very well Canada’s – best beers, comes from the Big Rock in Okotoks.
Deposited from a glacier tens-of-thousands of years ago, this rock allows visitors to climb up and through it to stand on top and marvel at the beautiful country around you.
The Saskatoon Farm, located just east of Okotoks, is a full-service garden centre and U-pick.
It offers a throwback style that makes you feel like you’ve travelled back in time.
Complete with a café and gift shop, the Saskatoon Farm provides a full day worth of entertainment.
Launched in 2005 as Alberta’s first cottage winery, Field Stone Fruit Wines has built off of the success of their U-pick orchards.
Pop by their winery, located forty minutes east of Calgary, sitting on 50 acres of mature berry orchards.
Their wine shop is open Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm from June 4 till August 28.
These are just a small sample of the remarkable day trip options in the Calgary Region. Tell us about your favourite trips!
Matt Beauchamp is a Calgary writer and owner of MRB Ink