4 Beloved Ice Cream Destinations to Check Out

The local ice cream scene in and around Calgary wouldn’t be the same without these tried-and-true spots.

MacKay's Ice Cream. Photograph by Jennifer Hamilton.

Leavitt’s Ice Cream Shop

This shop has been a staple in the Parkdale community for 39 years. Try the chocolate-peanut butter flavour, made with real peanut butter and chocolate-peanut butter cups.

3410 3 Ave. N.W., 403-283-3578, lics.ca


MacKay’s Ice Cream

MacKay’s in Cochrane has been around since 1948. The most popular scoop flavour is pistachio almond, but surprisingly the most popular take-home container flavour is durian. Co-owner Meghan Tayfel says that the previous owners (her aunts) were well-travelled women who brought flavour ideas like durian back from their trips abroad.

220 1 St. W., Cochrane, 403-932-2455, mackaysicecream.com


My Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe

There are more than 80 flavours of ice cream at this longstanding ice cream parlour, though the top picks are classics such as cookies and cream, chocolate-chip-cookie dough and mint chocolate.

2048 42 Ave. S.W., 403-287-3838, 1114, 8561 8A Ave. S.W., 403-234-7100, myfavoriteicecream.com


Lukes Drug Mart

Lukes originally opened in Bridgeland/Riverside in 1951 as a soda fountain and lunch counter. Though ice cream hasn’t been a constant offering, in 2017 Lukes started selling soft serve again, with seasonal flavours on rotation.

112 4 St. N.E., 403-266-4142, 3407, 26 Ave. S.W., 403-242-1566, lukesdrugmart.com

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This article appears in the July 2021 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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