Avenue’s Guide to Summer in the Mountains

From mountain golf courses to paddling down the Columbia River, we’ve got ideas for things to do in the mountains near Calgary this summer.

What to Wear in the Mountains This Summer

Outdoorsy apparel and accessories (on Mode Models 2022 Search winner Jaden Ostrowski) for your summer mountain adventures.

Filson Hat, $115, from Elements Outfitters; Tom Ford Sunglasses, $575, from Chinook Optical; Black zip-up, $150, T-shirt, $80, Shorts, $150, and backpack, $200, all from Arc’teryx; By Parra Jacket, $325, and By Parra Socks, $35, Both from Leo Boutique; Carhartt Bag, $95, from GravityPope. Fashion photography by Jared Sych; Styling by Carl Abad; Hair and makeup by Phoebe Heard; Illustration by Jarett Sitter.

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How I Learned to Love Mountain Biking Again

Learning to ride a mountain bike is fun, but re-learning can be even better. Here, Avenue’s editor in chief reflects on her recent return to the sport.

Downhill all the way: The SilverStar Bike Park has 69 km of downhill trails for a range of ability levels. Photograph courtesy of Silvestar Mountain Resort.

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What to Expect on a Paddling Trip on the Columbia River

Kayaking on the Columbia River comes with the bonus of great birdwatching.

The Columbia River near Invermere is a prime spot for paddling. Photograph by Mitch Winton.

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5 River Stand-Up Paddleboarding Trips to Try

Take a stand-up paddleboard down one of these rivers in Calgary and the nearby mountain area.

Lower Kananaskis River (start of trip). Photograph by Robyn Bell.

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3 Mountain Golf Courses to Play This Summer

Head to Waterton, Crowsnest Pass or Banff to try one of these mountain golf courses with amazing views.

Photograph courtesy of Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course.

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3 Mountain Coasters to Check Out This Summer

These coasters in Western Canada offer thrilling, gravity-fuelled rides along a metal pipe secured to the ground.

Thrill Ride: The Pipe Mountain Coaster at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Photograph by Tom Poole.

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This article appears in the May 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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