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Summer in Alberta, Same But Different

Summer in Alberta, Same But Different

Whether you're seeking outdoor thrills, staying somewhere a bit eccentric, massively into food with a difference, or bars with a quirk, or even fully immersing yourself in extraordinary experiences, Alberta has it all.

May 23rd, 2023

As the sun paints Alberta, Canada with its glittering rays, get ready to embark on a one-of-a-kind summer journey filled with adventure, relaxation, and unforgettable memories.

From breathtaking natural wonders to vibrant city life, Alberta offers a plethora of exciting activities, cozy places to stay, mouthwatering culinary experiences, quirky hotels, and the latest buzz in bars and restaurants.

So, grab your SPF, pack your bags, and let's dive into the best of what Alberta has to offer during the summer months!


Alberta boasts awe-inspiring natural wonders that will take your breath away. Begin your adventure with a visit to the iconic Banff National Park, where you can hike scenic trails, witness stunning turquoise lakes like Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, and immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the Canadian Rockies.

Don't miss the chance to marvel at the impressive Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park and take some binoculars. I don't care if it makes you feel like a nerd, last time I was there I missed out on some incredible wildlife and didn't dare ask the nerds If I could take a look through theirs.

Make sure you get to the world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller and embark on a unique dinosaur fossil excavation experience. The child you will be thrilled!

Quirky Accommodation

Take your accommodation experience to the next level by staying in Alberta's quirky hotels.

Channel your inner cowboy at the Pyramid Lake Resort near Jasper, where you can sleep in cozy log cabins surrounded by breathtaking mountain views.

For a taste of the extraordinary, check out the eccentric Fantasyland Hotel in West Edmonton Mall, featuring themed rooms like the Igloo Room, the Western Room, the Pirate Room, The Gothic Room, Polynesian Paradise, or the Roman Luxury Suite.

And don't forget the quaint and whimsical charm of Patricia Lake Bungalows in Jasper, offering cozy lakeside cottages nestled in nature's embrace.

Dreamy Places To Eat

Alberta's culinary scene is a gastronomic adventure filled with unique and delectable experiences.

Treat your taste buds to an unforgettable meal at Rouge, Calgary's celebrated farm-to-table restaurant housed in a historic building overlooking the Bow River.

Experience an exceptional fusion of cuisines at Biera in Edmonton, where Chef Christine Sandford creates innovative dishes using local and seasonal ingredients.

For that secretive vibe, Ajito in Calgary is a hidden gem, transporting diners to the vibrant streets of Japan with its authentic izakaya atmosphere and tantalising selection of Japanese small plates, making it a must-visit for those seeking an unforgettable culinary adventure. Just find the “ice cold” vintage red Coca-Cola vending machine and step on in.

Newest Bars

Alberta's bar scene is constantly evolving, and summer is the perfect time to explore the latest hotspots. Granted, I'm not recommending any outdoor places here, you'll find them anyway.

No, these are some cool summer vibes, night time places!

In Calgary, visit Shelter, a trendy underground cocktail bar with a hidden entrance and a speakeasy vibe.

In Edmonton, check out Baijiu, a modern Asian-inspired bar offering innovative cocktails and a lively atmosphere.

For a unique experience, my favourite type of mind bending places to drink head to Betty Lou's Library. A prohibition-style speakeasy with a good vibe, fancy cocktails, small plates, and entry by password!! (Stop it. This is too exciting!)

Unique Experiences

Alberta is brimming with unique experiences that will make your summer truly extraordinary. Take a journey through time at Heritage Park in Calgary, an immersive living history museum where you can ride vintage amusement park rides and explore historic buildings.

Connect with nature on a stand-up paddle board tour through the stunning glacial waters of Abraham Lake, this is where you'll get your most liked Insta snap right here!

And don't miss the chance to stargaze under Alberta's dark skies at the Jasper Planetarium, where you can explore the universe through state-of-the-art telescopes.

Alberta, with its stunning natural beauty, diverse culinary scene, quirky hotels, and vibrant nightlife, offers an unforgettable summer experience for the adventurous traveler.

Whether you're seeking outdoor thrills, staying somewhere a bit eccentric, massively into food with a difference, or bars with a quirk, or even fully immersing yourself in extraordinary experiences, Alberta has it all.

So, pack your sense of wonder and embark on an incredible journey through the most wonderful piece of Earth, Alberta, during the summer months.

It's not all about the snow and Poutine, Alberta has so much more to offer mere mortals like us.

Penny Lee

Penny Lee

Penny Lee is a true adventurer, often found wild swimming or throwing herself down a mountain on a board. She’s effortlessly cool and creative with an eye for a good photo.

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