It’s time to get out and enjoy the summer in Calgary and the surrounding area. There’s no shortage of fun activities and destinations to keep you entertained and safe this summer, and what better way to do that than with a scoop or two (or three) of ice cream? We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite spots to help you with your summer plans.
Explore North Glenmore Park
The pathways along the Glenmore Reservoir are great for a scenic walk, bike ride, or picnic. Canoes are also available to rent through the Calgary Canoe Club. When you’re done, be sure to swing by My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe in Marda Loop.
My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe – 2048 42 Ave. SW
WinSport – Canada Olympic Park
WinSport isn’t just for winter activities. It has mountain bike trails for all skill levels, an 18-hole mini golf course and downhill karting. After a fun-filled day at the park, head over to another My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe location at West 85th.
My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe – 8561 8A Ave. SW
West of the Bragg Creek turnoff, you will be greeted by scenic waterfalls along the Elbow River, where there’s a short hiking trail that makes a great picnic spot. Afterwards, stop by either Frontier Candy & Ice Cream or Scoops & Snacks in Bragg Creek for a decadent dessert.
Frontier Candy & Ice Cream – 7 Balsam Ave., Bragg Creek, Alta.
Scoops & Snacks – 44 White Ave., Bragg Creek, Alta.
Take a stroll on the Heritage Parkway that runs along the Sheep River in Okotoks, and while you’re there, grab an ice cream cone from the Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop.
Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop – 67 McRae St., Okotoks, Alta.
Fishing Along the Sheep River
Sheep River runs right through Black Diamond and offers some great fishing. And, if you’re looking for a treat with a vintage diner experience, there’s no better spot than Marv’s Classic Soda Shop.
Marv’s Classic Soda Shop – 121 Centre Ave. W, Black Diamond, Alta.
Enjoy a day at the beach at Sylvan Lake, just 90 minutes north of Calgary. The Big Moo Ice Cream Parlor and More Moo at the south end of the lake are great spots to cool down with an ice cream treat.
The Big Moo Ice Cream Parlor – 4603 Lakeshore Dr., Sylvan Lake, Alta.
More Moo – 4403 Lakeshore Dr., Sylvan Lake, Alta.
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
The Bomber Command Museum of Canada is an aviation museum worth visiting in Nanton. Chain Lakes Provincial Park, a great spot for camping and fishing, is also nearby, and the Nanton Ice Cream Shop is the perfect spot for a treat afterwards.
Nanton Ice Cream Shop – 2129 20 St., Nanton, Alta.
Looking for more locations? Find a full list of where to buy Foothills Creamery ice cream. Not in the mood for ice cream? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out the Belmont Diner in Marda Loop or Galaxie Diner in Beltline for some amazing milkshakes. Or visit Crave Cupcakes at one of its four Calgary locations for a baked treat.
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