Calgary comes to life in summer! While the city is brimming with exciting things to do, its close proximity to the Rocky Mountains means Calgary is an ideal base for both outdoor enthusiasts and city lovers looking for an adventure in the outdoors.
The smoke has finally cleared, the sun is still out and we have some amazing end of summer specials just for Alberta. September is shaping up to be an amazing month to get outside, and we know that you can fit in one (or more!) Adventures before the end of summer, which is why we’ve partnered with our Locals to offer you a ton of great outdoor activities at unbelievable discounted prices, up to 80% off!
Take a look at what’s on special in Alberta.
Hike Yamnuska Trail –
Saturday, September 1
A suitable hike for beginners to feel challenged. Lucinda will lead you to spectacular views with opportunities for incredible photos. The ridge walk and scrambling are not a part of this Adventure, but it is a climb so be prepared for a moderate workout.
Video/Photography Tips and Hints Hiking Adventure –
Saturday, September 8
A fun day out in the mountains hiking and learning more about your new camera or brushing up on techniques that help you capture better video or photos. Scott has a collection of accessories that Explorers are welcome to try out, so you can experiment and learn to get the shots you want. His accessories include a motorized programmable slider, gimbal, tripod with remote shutter release and more!
Backwoods for Beginners –
Sunday, September 9
Are you looking to take your camping experience to the next level but not sure how, or where? Backwoods for Beginners is the adventure for you! On this six hour jam-packed Adventure, you’ll learn the necessary skills to go beyond car camping or front country campsites to exploring the backcountry and a whole new way of experiencing the outdoors.
Powderface Ridge Hike –
Thursday, September 13
This is a family-friendly hike in the beautiful Kananaskis Foothills. Total distance is approximately 6 km, and it’s a steep hike for the first 1.5 km. You’ll be rewarded for the hard work at the end as the hike opens into some beautiful alpine meadows.
Hike Baldy Pass Trail –
Saturday, September 15
Beautiful Albertan wild flowers and spectacular views! Enjoy a moderate hike with an easy walk through a creek valley and a climb up to amazing views. You must have some degree of fitness to reach the top.
First Aid and Wild, Autumn, Edible Plants in Calgary – $45
Sunday, September 16
Introduce yourself to the Wild places in Calgary. Here, in the natural and protected parks, the wild edible and first aid plants still grow. Learn a few nature tips for insect bites and cuts as well as wild and tasty edibles. When you know where they grow, you can find them when you need them.
Rocky Mountain Alpine Fishing Adventure –
Saturday, September 22
The Canadian Rocky Mountains offer a dramatic landscape and can be the ultimate challenge for the angler. This trip takes us up to a tranquil glacier fed lake that is surrounded by majestic towering peaks. These high mountain lakes can be a delight to fish as they are teaming with Cutthroat or Brook Trout. The scenery is so spectacular that the fishing is actually the bonus!
Mountain Biking Merlin View & Long Distance Loop –
Sunday, September 23
A classic single track mountain bike loop, 15 km, with 1 long, gentle climb and a second shorter, easier climb totaling about 500 m. Nice, swoopy descents. The terrain is suitable for beginner mountain bike ability and above. Splendid views of the Kananaskis foothills.
Wild Food Walk in Fish Creek Provincial Park – $45
Sunday, September 30
Learn to re-wild yourself, by becoming more intimate with nature’s wisdom through the wild edible and medicinal plants. What animal eats them? Can you eat them? How well do you know nature? What is poisonous and what is medicinal? The wildlife has always known, now you can too!
Photos curtesy of Travel Alberta and Tynan Unruh