9 New Things to Do in Calgary This Summer

Beer tours, bounce parks and clear-bottom kayaks, there are lots of new things to do around Calgary this summer.

Tour Downtown Calgary with a Lime bike

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

Ditch your car for an afternoon and take a spin on one of the new Lime bikes. This is the first summer that Lime bikes are available to rent in Calgary. Similar to car2go, Lime bikes can be rented from the inner city quadrant using the Lime app and can be used to ride around the city as long as they’re returned to their “home” zone. Take advantage of their dockless feature as you cruise through the picturesque tree-lined streets hopping from parks to shops to restaurants. It costs $1 to unlock a bike and $0.30 per minute to ride.

Rent a clear-bottom kayak to take on the Glenmore Reservoir

A new addition to the Glenmore Reservoir’s fleet of boat rentals are clear-bottom kayaks. For $15 an hour of $45 a day, you can glide through the reservoir’s waters as you observe what’s both around and beneath you. If you’ve kayaked on the reservoir before, this will provide you with an opportunity to revisit the experience but with a different point of view. If you’re not a fan of having a clear-bottom, you can rent regular canoes and kayaks along with sailboats and day cruisers.
8415 24 St. S.W., 311, calgary.ca

Grab a group of friends and attend a local brewery tour

Since last summer, three new brewery tour companies have been established in the city. Each one is different so you can choose the best fit for you.

Canadian Craft Tours offers a 3.5 hour brewery tour where your group will be picked up by a 14-passenger minibus. You’ll be taken for a behind the scenes tour at one of their Calgary partner breweries with stops at other breweries along the way.
239 12 Ave S.W., 1-800-601-9483, canadiancrafttours.ca

Urban Pedal Tours has U-shaped bikes that seat 15 passengers which you’ll then pedal between three distinct stops along this brewery crawl. Notably, you’ll stop at breweries within the Beltline and Manchester areas — such as Trolly 5 and Last Best.
38a Ave S.E., 1-888-980-4755, urbanpedaltours.com

Calgary’s Pedal Pub offers three different brewery routes groups can take on their passenger pedal bikes. Choose between two-hour tours that consist of Beltline and 17 Ave., Inglewood or the Wildhorse VIP tour, which is listed as a Stampede experience. The bikes are made in the Netherlands and can seat 8 to 15 passengers.
1417 9 Ave S.E., 403-540-8854, pedalpub.com

Watch a Cavalry FC Game at Spruce Meadows

You can see the inaugural season of Calgary’s premier soccer team at Spruce Meadows this summer. At the time of writing, the Cavalry FC is dominating the Canadian Premier League holding the number one spot out of seven national teams. Cavalry FC will have 10 matches on their home field between May and the end of August. Individual tickets start at $25.85 and season passes start at $292.50.
18011 Spruce Meadows Way S.W., 403-974-4567, cavalryfc.canpl.ca

Goat Yoga at Granary Road

If you’ve ever had a hankering to spice up your yoga routine or try something completely off the wall, then goat yoga may be perfect for you. While it’s important to note that the goats do have a mind of their own — they’ve been known to potentially soil on yoga mats — it is a very immersive and stress-relieving activity. After practicing your crane and downward facing dog poses surrounded by these curious animals for one-hour, you can grab a bite to eat at the on-site Salt Box Kitchen, Bakery and Bar or explore the public market on weekends.
226066 112 St. W., 403-453-7623, granaryroad.com

Mornings and Nights at Heritage Park

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

To mark the reopening of the S.S. Moyie’s daily operations, Heritage Park has introduced Monday Mornings on the Moyie. Attendees will be treated to a continental breakfast before boarding the S.S. Moyie for its first ride of the day. If mornings aren’t your forte, then you can visit Heritage Park on July 13 and August 9 for an adult-only Night at the Midway. For one night, you’ll be able to ride the antique midway rides as many times as you’d like without any kids in attendance. There will be a cash bar as well.
1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., 403-268-8500, heritagepark.ca

Try indoor surfing at Seton YMCA

If you’re having a “staycation” this summer and won’t be making it out to a coastal beach, then you’re in luck since Calgary’s first indoor surfing simulator opened in at the Brookfield Residential YMCA in Seton. This YMCA is the largest in the world and the building includes a 25,000 square foot library, three gymnasiums, two ice rinks and a waterpark with two waterslides and a lazy river. Drop-in rates start at $5.25 for children and $16.00 for adults.
4995 Market St S.E., 403-351-5262, ymcacalgary.org

Spend a cozy afternoon at Angel’s Cafe

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

Angel’s Cafe has a story of resiliency as owner Cathy Jacobs has navigated through permit, contractor and building setbacks over the past few years. The cafe’s new location features a large, shady deck with heaters and lots of patio chairs, a front porch with Adirondack chairs and tons of board games and activities if you’re grabbing a bite to eat inside. The freshly opened cafe is a cozy oasis on the Bow River pathway system and is a hop, skip and jump away from Edworthy Park. Stop in to play a game of chess and have a cuppa Luscious London Fog before heading out to Edworthy Park for a leisurely walk.
4105 Montgomery View N.W., 403-452-0164, pathwayangels.ca

Play a pick-up basketball game in East Village’s The Bounce

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

East Village’s flex urban space has been transformed from a shipping container market to an urban basketball court. The court is big enough for a regular basketball game or two 3 on 3 games. Grab some friends or make some new ones at this outdoor court. If basketball isn’t your thing, you can visit the new mural alongside the court or play hop-scotch, four-square and even outdoor ping-pong. This is only a block away from the National Music Centre and the Central Library, so you can get your workout in before or after visiting these places.
Corner of 4 St. S.E. & 8 Ave. S.E., 403-718-0300, evexperience.com

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