There are plenty of short trips and places to see after school or on the weekends. Here are five examples.
The Grain Elevator Museum, Spruce Grove
Grain elevators used to a regular fixture on the prairies. Now just a few remain, and the one in Spruce Grove is among them. Built in 1958 and saved from demolition in 1995, it is now a historically designated museum. From May-September, Tuesday-Saturday from 9 am-3 pm you can tour the grain elevator and have a guide explain the history and how it worked. This is a short, but very fun and educational excursion.
Reflect on Canadian art, Okotoks
Okotoks Art Gallery, or as it is better known, OAG, is in the historic 1929 CPR Railway Station. This is a small gallery in a beautiful setting, perfect for taking a few moments for quiet contemplation and appreciation of Canadian art. In addition to the gallery, you’ll find a gift shop full of Canadian artisan wares. Support your local artists and enrich your life by visiting this beautiful treasure in Okotoks.
Picnic in Bowness Park, Calgary
We usually associate picnics with big gatherings, family reunions, or a way to pass the long days of summer, but why not have a family supper in a park tonight? It’s a great way to have some time with your loved ones while getting the most out the outdoors. Bowness Park in Calgary is a favoured picnic destination thanks to the beautiful shallow lagoon and activities like paddle boating. Parking is tight on the weekends so consider an impromptu weeknight picnic if you plan to drive.
Enjoy nature year round, Lethbridge
The Helen Schuler Nature Centre brings you in touch with nature during your 1-2 hour visit. There is a mix of nature exhibits, interactive fun, outdoor programs, and special events. Admission is by donation and the location is ideal, as the Centre sits just outside of downtown. Check their website for a list of upcoming events, and if you love the great outdoors, consider the Natural Leaders program.
Visit the world’s first UFO landing pad, St. Paul
In the world of giant roadside attractions, it’s hard to top the whimsy of St. Paul’s UFO landing pad. It was opened on June 3, 1967 and is thought to be the first UFO landing pad in the world. Surrounded by provincial flags and adjacent to a UFO exhibit, this giant attraction brings new meaning to saying a place is truly inclusive. Indeed, all are welcome, even those not of this world.
Nerissa McNaughton is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the Hot Summer Guide advertising feature. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.