July is almost over, Calgary – how did that happen?! With only a month of summer left, we want you to make the most of it. Here are four unique spots to escape to this summer. Leave your work at home and get on the road. Start exploring ASAP, YYC!
Elk Island National Park
Head up east of Edmonton and you’ll find this stunning national park known for the conservation of buffalo – ironically not elk. Camp, hike, swim, picnic, canoe, golf – if you can think it, then it’s probably available here at Elk Island. Day or night, there are a multitude of activities for you to enjoy a weekend away from home.
Head southwest out of the city to find the small town of Mossleigh, an award-winning train-themed destination that is becoming fastly popular. There’s a travel experience for everyone here, showcasing the stunning Alberta prairie landscapes with eleven different themed train tours. Enjoy the historical 1887 Pullman dining car restaurant and a century-old prairie farmhouse (turned escape room and tavern), or choose to stay in a beautifully retrofitted Caboose Cabin or their well-treed campground.
Stay in Invermere and the world is your oyster. You’re surrounded by worldclass mountains, warm lakes, multiple hot springs and cute mountain towns to keep you occupied for much longer than your weekend stay. Buy some fresh BC fruit, take a dip in the water and climb a mountain because you’re in the Kootenays, baby!
Looking for some much needed R n’ R? Head out to Radium area and then take a sharp turn into the trees. Radius Retreat is a forested mountainside retreat with pre-set up glamping options as well as acres of wilderness just waiting to be explored. Hike into this secluded area to stay in a yurt following sustainable, ecofriendly and low impact practices for a weekend away from civilization.
Book your weekend getaway now, YYC – summer will be over before you know it!
Kelsey is the Editorial & Events Manager for Date Night. Monday-Friday she works as an independent Marketing & Communications Contractor, providing writing, editing and digital marketing services for small businesses here in YYC. When she’s not busy writing about our city, you can usually find her trying the newest fitness studio, exploring the Rockies or chasing the sun – whether here in AB or halfway across the world.