Normal Calgary summers involve kid’s summer camps, group camping trips and visits
to families all over Canada, but we still aren’t quite back to “normal” yet.
As the hot weather hit fast this past week, many families and individuals are scrambling
for things to fill their days. Here at Same Stars, we want you to stay active, keep
moving and focus on your mental health, so our team has compiled five family friendly
activities you can still doing, even with restrictions still in place!
Get the bikes out.
If you are one of the lucky ones who already owned a bike pre-Covid, it’s time to
dust of the wheels and hit the trails. If you’re interested in getting into biking, you
may have a hard time finding one, but Facebook Marketplace and Kijiji have lots –
you just have to be fast when grabbing one!
Calgary is home to the most maintained biking paths and trails in all of North America,
and we encourage you to check some out. You can find new trails on apps such as
AllTrails and Trailforks, but here are five that we love around #yyc:
1. Fishcreek Park. From flat and paved to some incline trails, Fishcreek
provides a spot to bike for everyone!
2. Peace Bridge to Edworthy Park. Follow along the Bow River for a ride that
even the tiniest of legs can handle! The breeze floating off the river makes this
ride perfect for a hot day!
3. Bowmont Park. Filled with single-track paths, this park may not be the best
for the littlest of family members, but great for intermediate kids and adults who
want to challenge themselves while still in the city.
4. Inglewood and Ramsay. Our favourite inner city ride takes you to some of Calgary's most vibrant communities. Don't forget to stop in and see our friends
at @thedandelionbynourish for brunch or lunch on their patio!
5. Nosehill Park. Ready to take it off the paved pathways? Nosehill is the
perfect place to start! A short drive from the inner city with multiple parking lots,
Nosehill is a great place to take the family. Don't forget sunscreen and bug
Hit the water.
Alberta may not be known for its white sand beaches and backyard pools, but there’s
still places you can access water to cool off and enjoy the summer heat. By taking a dip
or even running through a splash pad, you can ensure you don’t overheat!
Chestermere lake, community splash pads and the banks of the Bow River are all great
places to check out for a fun filled day with the family!
Explore the trails.
We are surrounded by some of the best hikes and easy trails in the world – get out
there and check them out! We highly recommend downloading AllTrails so you can
read up on hikes before you head out. There’s lots of family friendly hikes such as Troll
Falls, Bowness Park and Lake Angus Tea House – but you want to make sure you are
prepared, especially if you have a chronic condition or bringing someone with little legs
along. There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a trail that you weren’t ready for.
After you’ve researched your hike, don’t forget your bear spray, plenty of water, layers
and plenty of snacks. Keep it safe and keep it fun!
Heads up! Kananaskis is now requiring a purchased day or season pass to access
trails. This will help maintain garbage disposal areas, outhouse and keep our trails in
good condition with in the influx of traffic. Check online to find out how to purchase
yours before you head out of the city!
Amp up the backyard fun.
Inground pools just aren’t the usual out here! But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun
days in your own backyard. Slip and slides, sprinklers, water tables, games and shaded
areas can increase the fun without leaving the house. Places such as Canadian Tire
and Costco frequently have summer games on sale – check the flyers and bring the fun
to you, without breaking the bank.
Explore the Crown Land.
Small tourist towns such as Banff and Canmore have felt the pressure of people
needing to get away from the city, and we want to keep all their communities safe as
well! Campsites and day areas may be overbooked, but don’t let this rain on your
summer fun parade! If the number of people heading to the usual small mountain towns
seems a bit too high, try checking out some of Alberta’s Public Land Use areas this
summer. Here’s some of our favourite areas to explore that are within driving distance
for a weekend of camping away:
Starting June 1, 2021, a Public Lands Camping Pass is required. You need to
purchase the pass before you embark on your trip, and it costs $20 per person for
3 days, or $30 per person for an annual pass. You can purchase your pass
online here. This fee helps keep Alberta clean and access to the land open –
don’t be discouraged!
That’s our wrap up of great things you can do this summer, while we still have
some restrictions in place. No matter what you do, don’t forget to take care of
yourself! Outdoor activities can stress the body out – and we are here to help
when you need it! We are open all summer to provide you with the same great
Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Manual Osteopathy – so when your muscles
are sore from your bike rides, or your back is a bit stiff from gardening, you know
who to call! Book Here!
Stay happy and healthy yyc!