Are you always looking for activities for kids in Calgary? Look no further. I’ve compiled a list of things to do with kids in Calgary year-round! No matter the season of the year, you’ll find plenty of great ideas here to keep your family occupied all year long.

Some activities are season-specific, meaning they might be closed in winter or summer, but there’s still a lot left to do. Calgary has an insane amount of indoor and outdoor activities for kids; I’m constantly amazed.

Our little boy is only three years old, but we’ve already tried many of these activities. I put together this guide of fun activities for kids in Calgary for families who like to have fun and never want to run out of ideas, so I’ll keep adding to it as I find more.

This huge list starts with year-round activities, then mentions specific activities for spring, summer, autumn, and winter, and day trips from Calgary at the end.

Enjoy!

50 things to do with kids in Calgary

1. Calgary Zoo

I love watching my boy being mesmerized by seeing live animals. It’s one thing to see them in books and making animal sounds and a different experience visiting the zoo.

The Penguin Plunge is always a big hit, as well as the Canadian Wilds section, and Africa & Asia Section with giraffes, hippos, gorillas, lions, tigers, lemurs, and many more animals.

As of May 2023, there are two new babies that you can see – a baby zebra & a baby gorilla.

Moose at Calgary Zoo

DETAILS:

  • Address: 210 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Admission: free for children under 3, 24.95 Cad/child, 34.95 Cad/adult, 13 Cad parking fee
  • Open 9 am – 6:00 pm (check the current schedule here)

Read the full blog post: Tips for visiting the Calgary Zoo

2. Creative Kids Museum

Our newest find is the Creative Kids Museum at Telus Spark Science Centre in Calgary. They have the coolest indoor playground I’ve seen, with a giant water play area, climbing structure, and many other activities. It’s one of the best things to do with kids in Calgary during winter.

They really thought of all kids from babies to 8-year-olds. Open Studio on the 2nd floor is for older kids.

Read the full blog post: Creative Kids Museum at Telus Spark Science Centre

Creative Kids Museum at Telus Spark Science Centre in Calgary

DETAILS:

  • Address: TELUS Spark Science Centre, 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Admission: 19 Cad/child, 26 Cad/adult, 7 Cad parking fee (The adult membership for 76 Cad/year is highly worth it)
  • Check their opening hours here

3. Calgary Library

Babies and toddlers can enjoy the Early Learning Centre at 12 of Calgary’s libraries. Our son enjoys reading nooks, drawing tables, and the climbing structure.

Every Early Learning Centre is built in a different concept and offers various activities. These are the centre you can find in Calgary:

  • Discover Dinosaurs at Country Hills Library
  • Full-Body Play at Central Library
  • Read and Play at Quarry Park Library
  • Into the Woods at Shawnessy Library
  • Rainbow Jungle at Village Square Library
  • The World is Your Stage at Fish Creek Library
  • Bird’s Eye View at Crowfoot Library’s Calgary Foundation ELC
  • Build and Create at Signal Hill’s Calgary Foundation ELC
  • Up, Up, and Away at Saddletowne Library’s Calgary Foundation ELC
  • Outdoor Nature Playground at Forest Lawn Library
  • Explore Energy at Forest Lawn Library’s Calgary Foundation ELC
  • Co-Op Community Early Learning Centre at Nose Hill Library
  • Alouette III helicopter in the Hopewell ELC at Seton Library (courtesy of the Hangar Flight Museum)

Read the full blog post: Early learning centres in Calgary public libraries: play areas for kids

Early Learning Centre in Calgary Central Library

DETAILS:

  • Address: Click here for locations and opening hours
  • Admission: free (you can enter without a library card or get a free card to borrow books)

4. Granary Road

Granary Road features a farmer’s market and an active learning park for kids. Their special events include Goat yoga in summer, Pumpkin Fest in October, and Christmas Market in December.

They thought of fun activities for kids of any age such as trampolines, mini-golf, slides, a giant rope web for climbing, a big Ant Farm with slides, nets, climbers, mushroom forest, Bee Hive Honeycomb, Orchard treehouse, and many more. Farm animals include goats, sheep, llamas, donkeys, pigs, peacocks, and bunnies. It’s one of the best things to do with toddlers in Calgary, as well as older kids!

Granary Road closes after Christmas markets in December and opens again in spring.

Read the full blog post: Granary Road: Active Learning Park & Petting Zoo

Chicken Coop at Granary Road

DETAILS:

  • Address: 226066 112 Street West, Foothills County, T1S 5S5 (past the Calgary city limits, south of 22X & Spruce Meadows)
  • Admission: 15.95 Cad/Adults & children 3 years & up, kids under 3 are free

5. Hangar Flight Museum

Four different airplanes were available during the weekend in summer to sit inside (closed-toe shoes are required). Since the planes are historical artifacts, you’re usually unable to sit inside them. Therefore the best time to visit is during one of their special events. Otherwise, you can see the planes from the ladders.

Read the full blog post: Hangar Flight Museum

Hangar Flight Museum in Calgary

DETAILS:

  • Address: 4629 McCall Way NE
  • Admission: 8 Cad/child, 15 Cad/adult
  • Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm (opening hours in summer may differ)

6. Pools & water slides

While Calgary has a short summer season and, therefore, a few outdoor pools, it has a ton of indoor pools! The City of Calgary operates 13 swimming pools, and the most exciting ones for kids are Southland Leisure Centre – pictured below (2000 Southland Drive SW) and Village Square Leisure Centre (2623 56 St NE). They both have a wave pool, hot tub, water slides, water playground, and a kiddie pool.

Southland Leisure Centre

I recommend Vecova Aquatics with a warm 34.5 degrees water pool for small toddlers and babies – the warmest swimming pool in Calgary.

DETAILS:

  • Address: Vecova’s Aquatics, Health and Fitness, 3304 33 St NW
  • Admission: 2.25 Cad/2-6 years, 4.50 Cad/7-17 years, 9.05 Cad/adult, 2 Cad/person during children’s playtime
  • See their website for drop-in schedule and children’s playtime drop-in schedule

7. Heritage Park

Heritage Park is an indoor and outdoor museum showcasing life in the settlements of Western Canada from the 1860s to 1930s.

The most popular attraction in the park is riding the antique steam train.

The historical village opens in May and then closes in October. You can, however, visit Gasoline Alley Museum, a huge automobile museum, which is open in winter.

Read the full blog post: Tips for visiting Heritage Park

Heritage Park

DETAILS:

  • Address: 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Admission: 29.95 CAD general admission, 19.95 CAD for kids 3-15

8. Canada Olympic Park

WinSport/Canada Olympic Park is a year-round recreation and training park. You can try Skyline Luge, mountain biking, or mini golf beginning in spring. In winter, go tubing, skiing, or ice skating.

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame has exhibits of Canadian athletes, history panels of 14 different sports and interactive displays.

Canada Olympic Park

DETAILS:

  • Address: 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW
  • Admission: click here for pricing & opening hours for different activities

9. See bunnies at Lindsay Park

If you have lived in Calgary for a while, you must have noticed rabbits all over the city. While the big ones like to hang out at playgrounds, you can always find little bunnies in Lindsay Park just behind the Repsol Sport Centre.

They’re hiding in the bushes, and many of them are hopping all around Lindsay Park. Because they’re usually not afraid of humans, they will continue munch on the grass if you approach them—a beautiful sight for all children.

You can park at the Sports Centre or visit the park by bike on the Elbow River Pathway.

DETAILS:

  • Address: location of Lindsay Park here

10. StoryBook Theatre

StoryBook Theatre is the largest theatre in Canada run by volunteers. Their performances include SpongeBob musical, Disney’s Descendants musical, and more. From the age of 6, kids can even sign up to learn acting through games and creative play.

DETAILS:

  • Address: Beddington Theatre Arts Centre, 375 Bermuda Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta  T3K 2J5
  • Admission: from 28.50 CAD/kid & 33.60 CAD/adult

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11. Pony rides

Horsin’ Around offers pony rides, riding lessons, bouncy castles, and petting farms of goats, chickens, pigs, rabbits, and more. For an outdoor experience, they offer horse-drawn sleigh rides in winter. In winter, you can even visit when the pony rides take place in the heated indoor facility.

DETAILS:

  • Address: 3729 146 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2Y 0B8
  • Admission: 12 Cad/Adult, 10 Cad/Child
  • Open daily 9 am – 5 pm

12. Indoor play places

Because of the long winters, there are plenty of indoor playgrounds in Calgary. And sometimes, letting the kids run around while having them contained and being outside the house is just necessary for the mental health of all caregivers. If you’re reading this and take care of a kid of any age, I’m sure you understand what I mean.

Of several indoor play places in Calgary, we like Hide ‘n’ Seek, Kidz Go, and Treehouse indoor playgrounds.

DETAILS for Hide ‘n’ Seek:

  • Address: Hide N Seek Indoor Playground, 49 Aero Drive NE #18
  • Admission: 7.95 Cad/1-3 years, 13.95 Cad/4 years and older, (weekend & holiday rates are 2-3 Cad higher), adults are free
  • Open Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm & Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm

Full blog post: 15 Best indoor playgrounds in Calgary

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13. Gymnastics

For more than play, kids can attend gymnastics with a teacher and structured activities. They have trampolines, bars, ropes, and soft blocks to encourage movement and have fun.

Check out these gyms:

  • Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics (3442 118 Ave SE)
  • Flip Factory (4500 5 St NE)
  • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center (19606 Walden Blvd SE #150,& 15 Royal Vista Pl NW #118)

See their websites for drop-in sessions, programs, and fees.

Read our review: My Gym in Calgary: Children’s Fitness Centre

My Gym in Calgary

14. B-line Indoor Bike Park

The B-Line indoor bike park is a huge space for kids and adults to improve their bike skills with many different terrain levels of pump tracks and jumps.

The first section of the bike park is for kids or beginner riders. The pump tracks have a nice flow, with several to choose from. The second area in this beginner section is a small track with a seesaw, where we spent the most time.

The bike park’s second and bigger section has many different features. There are pump tracks of various difficulties, many jumps, a natural wooden boardwalk, and ramps with a foam pit where you can practise jumps.

Biking at B-Line Bike Park is fun for all ages, and since it’s open year-round, it’s one of the best things to do with kids in Calgary on a rainy day or when it’s very cold.

Full blog post: B-Line Indoor Bike Park

DETAILS:

  • Address: Unit 6-401 33rd Street NE, Calgary T2A 7R3 (by Marlborough Mall)
  • Open: Monday to Thursday from 3 pm to 10 pm, Friday & Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm
  • Admission: 10 Cad/kids 0-3 years, 20 Cad/kids 4-7 years, adult day pass 35 Cad

15. The Beach YYC

The Beach YYC is the only indoor sandy beach in Calgary. Play volleyball, Frisbee, or soccer, or visit with your kids to dig or build sand castles.

There are 5 indoor courts for beach volleyball, and while kids play, one is dedicated to kids. A huge box of beach toys is provided with lots of shovels, buckets, diggers, and balls.

Full blog post: The Beach YYC, an amazing indoor playground

The Beach YYC

DETAILS:

  • Address: 3030-2600 Portland Street SE, Calgary, T2G 4M6
  • Open for drop-in kids play: Monday & Wednesday from 10 am to 11:30 am
  • Admission: drop-in for 10 Cad/child

16. Family trip movies

Family trip movies are always fun to watch. Adventures often go wrong with kids whether you’re prepared or not, yet they’re always worth it. Our extensive list of family trip movies will entertain and inspire you.

Full blog post: 33 best family trip movies you’ll love

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17. Cobb’s Adventure Park (spring, summer & autumn)

Cobb’s Adventure Park features a petting zoo, fun games & playgrounds, several mazes, pedal carts, giant slides, kangaroo petting zoo, and tractor rides.

The giant hill slide seemed to be the most popular attraction for kids and adults. We enjoyed the animals the most – kangaroos, pigs, sheep, bunnies, ducks, goats, and alpacas.

Read the full blog post: Cobb’s adventure park in Calgary

Cobb's Adventure Park

DETAILS:

  • Address: 1500 84th Street NE, Calgary T2A 7X4
  • Admission: 21.95 CAD per person when you buy online; kids under 2 are free (25 CAD per person at the door, 69 CAD per person for a season pass)
  • Open May 22 – October 31

18. Goslings on Prince’s Island Park (spring)

A lot of exciting things happen in spring. The land comes alive again with green grass and blooming flowers, and animals have their offspring. One of the joys of spring in Calgary is watching Canada geese and their goslings.

Head to Prince’s Island in May, and you get to see plenty of goslings.

You can park by the Eau Claire Market (with washrooms close by) or at 200-286 Memorial Drive NW off of Memorial Drive.

Full blog post: Joys of spring in downtown Calgary

Joys of spring, in downtown Calgary

DETAILS:

  • Address: Prince’s Island Park in downtown Calgary
  • Admission: free

19. Douglas Fir Trail (spring, summer & autumn)

The trail is 2.5 km long and features giant Douglas fir trees and lookout points. Some trees are more than 500 years old. The trail is short with steep sections, and you can see many chipmunks and squirrels.

Edworthy Park features a lovely rocky beach, picnic sites, washrooms, playgrounds, and it’s well worth it to stop at Angel’s Café for ice cream.

DETAILS:

  • Address: Douglas Fir Trail is located in Edworthy Park on the southern bank of Bow River. You can access Douglas Fir Trail close to the Edworthy Park South Parking Lot or at the east entrance from Ceder Crescent SW
  • Admission: Free
  • Open from late spring when the winter conditions subside

20. Calgary bike paths (spring, summer & autumn)

Kids love biking from a very young age. We’ve learnt that when we took our little boy for a bike ride at 9 months in the chariot behind the bike and also on the front-mounted child bike seat. The latter gave him a better view, and the interaction with the parent is priceless.

You can download a Bikeway & Pathway map for Calgary or bike in a park. Our favourite city parks for biking are Glenmore Reservoir, Fish Creek Provincial Park, and Bowness Park.

On the other hand, our little one prefers bike rides on busy streets where he can see some actions, big trucks, and occasional fire trucks or an ambulance.

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Things to do with kids in Calgary – Summer edition

21. Float down the Bow River

Floating down the river is one of the most popular things to do with kids in Calgary. You can take any boat, kayak, canoe or raft you have, strap your life jackets, fill out the Water safety kit and head down.

You can float down the Bow River or Elbow River, the latter being slower and shallower. There are several designated launching points along the shores.

Float down the Bow River

DETAILS:

  • Admission: floating down the river is free. You can rent rafts and life jackets at Lazy Day Raft Rentals or The Paddle Station.

22. Watch beavers & geese

While I like to watch little goslings in spring, you can spot Canada geese and beavers the whole summer.

Geese like to hang out near the bridge by Bow River Pathway, and you can spot beavers if you go to the lagoon by the Chevron Learning Pathway.

If driving to Prince’s Island Park, park your car by the Eau Claire Market (with washrooms close by) or at 200-286 Memorial Drive NW off Memorial Drive.

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DETAILS:

  • Address: Prince’s Island Park in downtown Calgary
  • Admission: free

23. Create Kids’ Fest

A family-friendly and multi-generational art festival is a yearly August event. It provides plenty of opportunities to have fun through theatre plays, games, dancing, music, and storytelling.

Kids can meet a dragon, create a superhero, sing with a princess, and learn about Niitsitapi, the Blackfoot People.

DETAILS:

  • Admission was free the last time; check out their Instagram for current info regarding location and admission

24. Music festivals

In June:

  • Calgary Ukrainian Festival

In July:

  • Mexifest – celebrating Mexican culture with live music and tasty eats
  • Fiestaval Latin Festival – a free event with multicultural arts and dance performances from Latin American culture

Fiestaval Latin Festival

  • Arab Festival – a free event featuring traditional music, customs and food

In August:

  • Expo Latino – largest Latin Festival in Western Canada

DETAILS:

  • Address & Admission varies, so check each festival’s website for more info.

25. T’suu Tina Nation’s Powwow

Attending a Powwow of First Nations is an excellent opportunity to learn about Canadian land and history. We’ve been to T’suu Tina’s Powwows several times and enjoyed watching their singing and dancing competitions.

Things to do in Calgary in summer - Visit T’suu Tina Nation’s Powwow

DETAILS:

  • Address: Redwood Fair Grounds, 5 km north of Bragg Creek
  • Date: July, 26-30, 2023

26. Outdoor pools & Splash parks

Visiting outdoor pools is fantastic during summer in Calgary. While there are several pools around the city, we found that our boy had just as much fun at wading pools or splash parks.

You can find the list of all outdoor pools, wading pools, and splash parks here.

The biggest splash park in Calgary is Prairie Winds Spray Park (pictured below), and one of our favourites is Rotary Park Playground & Spray Park.

Prairie Winds Spray Park, Wading Pool

DETAILS ABOUT PRAIRIE WINDS SPRAY PARK:

  • Location: 223 Castleridge Blvd. NE, Calgary
  • Parking: Free parking lots north & south of the park
  • Public washrooms are available year-round
  • The changing rooms by the entrance have washrooms with indoor and outdoor showers

27. Sikome Lake

Sikome Lake in Fish Creek Provincial Park is Calgary’s ultimate summer destination for families. It’s an amazing beach spot with warm shallow water, plenty of playgrounds, and shade.

Sikome Lake has a very gradual entry to the lake and is only 2 meters deep. Since it’s pretty shallow, it’s warm and great for swimming.

Sandy beach is all around the lake, where you can camp for the day with kids. A bit further from the shore is the grassy area with many trees providing shade, three playgrounds and two beach volleyball courts.

Full blog post: The ultimate guide for visiting Sikome Lake

DETAILS:

  • Location: Sikome Aquatic Facility, 22 Sikome Circle SE, Calgary
  • Parking: Free parking lots
  • Admission: 10 Cad for a family pass (2 adults + 4 kids), 5 Cad/adult, 3 Cad/child (6-17 years), free for kids under 5, 4 Cad/senior, 2 Cad/disabled person (water-friendly wheelchair available at no cost)

28. Global Fest

Global Fest is an annual family-friendly cultural & fireworks festival that lights up the sky and features a dance program, interactive games, and world-class fireworks by pyro artists.

A weeklong festival in Elliston Park celebrates Calgary’s multicultural communities with cultural pavilions from more than 20 countries. Dance performances and the international food scene will take you on a brief journey into exploring new cultures.

At night, the festival ends with beautiful fireworks. Musical pyro artists from 5 different countries combine their local & international music with fireworks in a show that lights up the sky just above the park’s pond.

Full blog post: Global Fest in Calgary: Tips for visiting

DETAILS:

  • Dates: August 17-26, 2023 (the festival funs Aug 17, 19, 22, 24 & 26)
  • Location: Elliston Park, 1827 68 St SE, Calgary
  • Time: from 6 pm to 11 pm
  • Admission: 13 CAD/person (6 months before the show); free for kids under 5

29. Mini train and boats

Bowness Park is a great place to visit year-round. In winter, you go ice skating, as mentioned below, and the possibilities are almost endless in summer. The Bowness Lagoon is popular for stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, and pedal boats. You can rent all, except SUP, at the lagoon.

There are plenty of picnic sites, a big playground, a splash park and even a mini train for kids & adults that goes around the park. The train operates on weekends in June & September and daily during summer. A family ticket for a train ride is only 10 Cad. For the full price list, click here.

Mini train at Bowness Park

30. Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs are open year-round and offer the most beautiful views in summer when most flowers are in bloom. The pathways between gardens lead through the whole area, which is 1.4 km long.

Botanical Gardens feature the largest outdoor labyrinth in Canada. Visit in spring with the prettiest view of blooming wild thyme. To see what flowers are in bloom, visit their Facebook.

You can access the Botanical Gardens from the south side at Silver Springs Drive NW or the north side at Silver Springs Crescent NW.

31. Mobile adventure playground

The City of Calgary offers several free programs for kids during summer, including a Mobile adventure playground. They run from 10 am to 3 pm during the week in different parks around the city.

It’s a free drop-in program with loose parts and natural materials provided to inspire creativity. Kids can build anything they imagine using tarps, tires, boards, balls, barrels, and more. You can find the schedule for Mobile adventure playgrounds here.

Mobile adventure playground by City of Calgary

Things to do with kids in Calgary – Winter edition

32. Zoolights

Zoolights are a special yearly event when the grounds of Calgary Zoo turn into a magical sparkly place for six weeks. More than 2 million lights decorate the alleys, hot chocolate and special holiday drinks are served, and also a new outdoor market for unique handmade Christmas gifts.

Full blog post: Zoolights in Calgary – 18 Best displays and tips for visiting

Zoolights in Calgary

DETAILS:

  • Address: 210 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Admission: 24.95 Cad/child, 34.95 Cad/adult, 13 Cad parking fee

33. Hot Chocolate Festival

In February, usually the coldest month in Calgary, it’s time to enjoy some indoor deliciousness! And what better way than sipping hot chocolate (sometimes) by the fire.

For the whole month of February, you can taste a different recipe of hot chocolate at Hot Chocolate Festival in Calgary at more than 55 locations.

Full blog post: Honest review of 9 drinks at Hot Chocolate Festival in Calgary

Amato Gelato Café, Calgary

34. Lions Festival of Lights & night sledding

There are different festive light displays all around the city every Christmas, but a few of them stand out. Our favourite is the Lions Festival of Lights. The light displays are giant, and the walk around the park to see them all can take more than an hour with kids.

You can visit the festival at Confederation Park, and don’t forget to bring your sleds. Lit-up hills and colourful lights all around make for a perfect night’s sledding.

Full blog post: Tips for Visiting Lions Festival of Lights

Lions Festival of Lights

DETAILS:

  • Address: 14 St NW & 24 Ave NW
  • Admission: free

35. Ice skating

Can you believe Calgary has more than 50 ice skating rinks run by volunteers? On top of that, the City of Calgary maintains 9 outdoor rinks: Big Marlborough Park, Bowness Park, Carburn Park, North Glenmore Park, Olympic Plaza, Prairie Winds Park, Thomson Family Park, Prince’s Island Park, and Barb Scott Park.

We like to skate at Bowness Park; it’s a huge lagoon with fire pits to warm up, café & restaurant, a new 1.6 km ice trail along Bow River, and even ice bikes.

Full blog post: Outdoor ice skating in Calgary: A breakdown of all options

Skating at Bowness Park

DETAILS:

  • Address: Check out each park for its location
  • Admission: free

36. Sledding

Sledding was my favourite winter activity as a kid, and I can’t wait to introduce it to our little boy.

While I liked to sled down any hill in sight, Calgary has designated hills or sledding (otherwise, it’s illegal, yeah, you hear that right).

Calgary has 22 city-maintained hills for sledding and tobogganing; the complete list is here.

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37. Penguin walk at Calgary Zoo

The penguins at Calgary Zoo live indoors at the Penguin lunge but every winter, usually starting in January, they go for a walk around the zoo.

It’s up to them whether they’d like to venture outside or not, so you might see all penguins outside or just a few. Their walk lasts about 15 minutes, and visitors can watch them waddle along the pathways.

Check out their website for a date when the walks start.

Read the full blog post: Penguin walk at Calgary Zoo

Penguins at Calgary Zoo

DETAILS:

  • Address: 210 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Admission: 24.95 Cad/child, 34.95 Cad/adult, 13 Cad parking fee
  • The walk starts at 10 am

38. Chinook Blast

After the inaugural success in 2021, the Chinook Blast winter festival is back. From January 21, 2022 – February 27, 2022, you can enjoy local artists illuminating the streets with many art and light installations, ice sculptures sprinkled around Chinatown, and many more events and activities.

Read full blog post: Chinook Blast Festival in Calgary

Glow Festival in Calgary

DETAILS:

  • Address: downtown Calgary
  • Admission: free

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39. Kirk’s Alpaca Farm

Kirk’s Alpaca Farm is an amazing experience visiting alpacas grazing in the field where you can feed them, pet them, and take funny pictures.

After the 2-hour timeslot with alpacas, you can visit their farm store, have a picnic or let kids play at the giant playground.

Full blog post: Kirk’s Alpaca Farm

DETAILS:

  • Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday from 1 pm – 5:30 pm & Saturday from 9 am – 5:30 pm
  • Dates: Open Saturdays Feb 4, 11 & 17 (from 11 am to 3 pm); from February 22, it’s open Wednesdays to Saturdays (until Christmas)
  • Location: 320065B Range Road 255, Torrington, AB
  • Admission: mandatory online booking fee of 8 Cad/family, Admission is by donation

40. Lake Louise Gondola

Lake Louise gondola offers breathtaking views of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier, wildlife watching, hiking trails, and more.

After a 15-minute gondola or chairlift ride, you arrive at the top of Lake Louise Gondola. The wooden viewing platform has a sign of surrounding mountain peaks (see our video here).

You can choose a hiking trail, visit a Wildlife Interpretative Centre, or have lunch at Whitehorn Bistro.

Full blog post: Guide to visiting Lake Louise Summer Gondola

Lake Louise gondola

41. Stand up paddleboarding

I’ve seen countless families enjoying stand-up paddleboarding on alpine lakes in summer. Sometimes kids like to help and paddle; sometimes, they sit on the board and watch their surroundings. Rent or buy a paddleboard and introduce this great summer activity to your kids; they’ll love it!

SUP on Rundle Forebay Reservoir, Canmore

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42. Ice skating on mountain lakes

Ice skating on ice rinks around the city is one thing, but ice skating on mountain lakes with mirror reflections surrounded by mountain peaks is a whole different experience. People of all ages like to hit the ice, whether skating moms with strollers or grandparents with grandchildren.

Full blog post: Epic places for ice skating in Banff & Canmore (+video)

Ice skating in Banff National Park - Lake Minnewanka

43. Sulphur Mountain Hike or Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola might be the most popular attraction in Banff. But did you know you can hike up the same mountain for free? Sulphur Mountain Hike starts at the Upper Hot Springs Parking lot, and it’s 5.5 km to the top. The best thing is that you can hike year-round.

If you have small kids, taking the gondola is a great option. There’s a restaurant, gift shop, and an interactive centre at the upper terminal.

Full blog post: Sulphur Mountain Hike vs. Banff Gondola: which one is better?

Sulphur Mountain Hike vs Banff Gondola, Banff National Park

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44. Drumheller

The small town of Drumheller lies east of Calgary in the Red River Valley, and it’s often called the Dinosaur capital of the World. The Royal Tyrell Museum is the biggest attraction to spend many hours.

Other family-friendly activities include climbing up the World’s largest dinosaur, walking on the sandy Hoodoos, hiking in the canyons and walking in downtown Drumheller finding cartoon dino statues.

Full blog post: 10 Things to do in Drumheller & tips for visiting

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45. Johnston Canyon

Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park is a straightforward hike with plenty of waterfalls of different heights. Lower Falls are only 1.2 km from the start, and the final bridge takes you through a short rock cave to see the falls up close. Upper Falls is 2.7 km from the start.

The best thing is that you can visit year-round; Johnston Canyon Ice Walk through a winter wonderland and frozen waterfalls is incredible.

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46. Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

Around 100 km south of Calgary lies Bar U Ranch, a National Historic Site. The ranch is 70 years old and used to be one of Canada’s largest. You can learn about cowboys in the Old West while guides demonstrate ranching skills, bake homemade cookies and tell cowboy stories.

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47. Camping in Banff

There’s no need for the attraction when you camp in a tent, walk around the forest and splash water in the river or lake. Outdoors is the best place for kids of any age, and camping is excellent to expose them to a new environment. You can read about different campgrounds in Banff below and choose based on pictures as well.

Full blog post: Complete guide to camping in Banff National Park

Camping in Banff National Park - Two Jack Lakeside Campground

48. Quarry Lake in Canmore

Quarry Lake in Canmore is one of the few mountain lakes which are warm enough for swimming in the summer (the other one is Johnson Lake in Banff).

It’s small and shallow and part of the shore is a sandy beach where kids like to play. There are outhouses an picnic tables right at the lake with hiking & biking trails around.

Full blog post: 47 Fun things to do in Canmore

Quarry Lake, Canmore

49. Grotto Canyon Ice Walk

Grotto Canyon is a short drive from Canmore. While hikers visit year-round, it’s most popular in winter as you walk on the frozen creek through a canyon with several frozen waterfalls in the end. It’s about 4 km roundtrip, and I highly recommend wearing microspikes if you’re visiting in winter.

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Grotto Canyon Ice Walk in Canmore

50. Grassi Lakes Hike

Grassi Lakes is hands down the most popular hike in Canmore. There are two different routes, an easy and a hard one. The easy one is a family-friendly wide dirt trail with a gradual incline with two gorgeous lakes in different colours at the end.

It’s about a 4 km roundtrip, and you can visit year-round but make sure to check trail conditions before as sometimes the trail is closed due to icy conditions. As of May 20, 2023, it’s open again after the long construction.

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Grassi Lakes Hike, Canmore

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About Maya Steiningerova

Heyo, I’m Maya! An adventure athlete currently living near the Canadian Rockies with my partner in crime Michal. I love running in the mountains, jumping in the ice cold lakes, mountain biking and trying not so common activities, such as mountaineering. By showing that an ordinary person can live an extraordinary life, my hope is to inspire you to live an adventurous life and provide you with tips and tools for your own adventure.

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