10 (more) unique Calgary Region day trips to experience this summer

by • July 26, 2016 • Community

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.


Turner Valley

2. Turner Valley Spray Park


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.


3. Motorrad Motorcycle Shop and Motoburrito


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.


4. Turner Valley Golf Club

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.


5. Windflower Bed and Breakfast

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.



6. Spirit Hills Winery

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?


7. Millarville Market

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.


9. Saskatoon Farm

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.



10. Field Stone Fruit Wines

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.


Your turn

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


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  1. Just 2 hours east of Calgary is the 13th annual Brooks Medieval Faire happening August 6 & 7, 2016, hosting the largest International Invitational Jousting Tournament in North America! We have Sarah Hay, the top international female jouster from Australia, Ripper Moore, red team coach on Full Metal Joust TV show, and Champion of our Tournament in 2013 and 2015 from USA. The 11 other competitiors come from England, France, Sweden, USA, Quebec and Alberta!
    The National Chivalric Combat Federation is holding their second annual Battle of Brooks building a Canadian team of fighters to compete internationally.
    We also have a Highland Dance Competition on Saturday, a living medieval village set-up by various re-enactment groups, Games of Skill & Chance, an Artisan Marketplace, Wandering Entertainers, Demos, Crafts, Costume Contests, Alberta Birds of Prey on Sunday…
    Something for everyone in this fun filled and educational family weekend!
    For more information go to http://www.brooksfaire.com and like us on facebook!

  2. The Millarville Farmers’ Market is the largest outdoor market in southern Alberta, including anything in Calgary.

    The 109th Annual Priddis & Millarville Fair is coming up on August 20-21 at Millarville Racetrack. An old time agricultural fair and one of the largest in the region. LINK: http://www.millarvilleracetrack.com/millarville-events/fair/


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