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Picnic at Elbow Falls <1hr
In the mood for some waterfalls? Elbow falls is only an hour away from Calgary and won’t disappoint. The falls feature gorgeous picnic spots throughout the forest and a small (kid-friendly) hike up the side of the cliff, for viewing goals.
Big Hill Spring Park <1Hr
Tired of Fish Creek Park? Sometimes you just need a change of scenery, and Big Hill Spring Park is perfect. This park features beautiful waterfalls and spots to stop and eat. The best part? It’s only 35 minutes away.
Caving in Canmore 1hr
Feeling adventurous? Spend a day exploring the stalagmite caves in Canmore. This is an unforgettable experience.
Grassi Lakes <2Hr
Located in Canmore (only one hour away), this spot will have you feeling like you are no longer on planet earth. The water is a serene, pure blue: just what you need to see after a long week at work.
Johnston Canyon’s Waterfalls <2hr
Been to Johnston Canyon yet? Maybe, but did you know that there is a secret cave with waterfalls? Yup, and it’s straight out of a dream. Enjoy the hike, but watch carefully, when approaching the bridge before the last, look to your right, there is a side path that leads to the hidden cave. Only locals know!
Ghost town Wayne <2Hr
Looking for a spooky adventure? Take the scenic route and drive the hour and forty minutes into Wayne Village near Drumheller, where you will find the Last Chance Saloon, attached to the notoriously haunted RoseDeer Hotel.
(watch the band play, spooky with a hint of cute)
Bleriot ferry Drumheller 1:30Hr
If you haven’t been on a ferry ride, now’s the time. Bleriot ferry in Drumheller will take you and your car across the river in style. And hey, while you’re there, climb up inside the big T-Rex and sit in his mouth!
The Ice Caves in Fish Creek Park < 1HR
Have you been to the Ice Caves in Fish Creek Park? Located in the South East, these hidden caves are only a five-minute walk off of the path and feature a large swimming hole and sandy banks for you and the family to sit and enjoy the sun. If that doesn’t sound appealing enough, Annie’s Cafe shop is within a 10 minute walk.
(more details: to reach them, park in the lot closest to Annie’s Cafe (beside the red barn) and head down the path heading into the forested area. Turn right before crossing the first wooden bridge and follow the small dirt path. You will see them on your left after a five minute walk!)
Okotoks Erratic 1Hr
Who knew that something this gorgeous could be so close? Drive for one hour to see this iconic landmark.
Longview’s Beef Jerky 1HR
Who doesn’t love beef jerky? If you didn’t before, you will now. Longview’s Beef Jerky Shop not only has the best beef jerky ever made but is also an iconic spot to visit. It is an hour away, but who doesn’t love a scenic cruise?