What to Do on a Day Trip to Airdrie

Spend a day in Airdrie shopping for antiques, golfing, visiting local breweries and checking out the farmers’ market.

Chinook Winds Regional Park in Airdrie. Photograph by Sergei Belski.

Did you know that Airdrie was named after a town in Scotland? That’s not the only cool thing about this young city, which is only a 30 minute drive from downtown Calgary. Airdrie has lots to offer, whether you want to shop for antiques, golf, attend a farmers’ market or check out some local breweries.

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Things to Do

Airdrie Farmers Market

Since 2009, the Airdrie Farmers Market has been a place where Albertans can support and shop from local vendors. The market is located at the Plainsmen Arena & Jensen Park and showcases more than 150 vendors and food trucks. It’s open every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

320 Centre Ave. E., airdriefarmersmarket.com

 

Apple Creek Golf Course

If you’re looking to improve your golf game, try out the 18 holes at Apple Greek Golf Course. At only $59 per game, the course is affordable and offers opportunities to check out the snack shack during your game. You can also practice your swing at the driving range with 30, 60 or 100 balls for $5 to $11. Make sure you check out the dress code and etiquette policy before attending.

11064 TWP Road 275, 403-912-2191, applecreekgolfcourse.com

 

Check Out Some Local Breweries

Before, after or during your visit to Airdrie, grab a cold one at one of the local breweries. There’s Balzac Craft Brewing Co., which opened in 2017 and offers a variety of beers influenced by the founder’s travels. You can also check out Fitzsimmons Brewing Company, which was Airdrie’s first brewery and has taken home a handful of Alberta and Canadian beer awards over the years.

Balzac Craft Brewing Co., 306, 401 Coopers Blvd. S.W., 587-254-1957, balzaccraftbrewing.com; Fitzsimmons Brewing Company, 4, 220 East Lake Blvd. N.E., 587-892-2739, fitzsimmonsbrewing.com

 

Chinook Winds Regional Park

Chinook Winds Regional Park offers a variety of things to do across its 55 acres. Between the three playgrounds, a skatepark, a spray park, four volleyball courts, a beach volleyball court and more, there are plenty of ways to add a bit of fitness and fun to your day. Grab your friends or family and head out for a day of activities.

2853 Chinook Winds Dr. S.W., 403-948-8400, airdrie.ca

 

Where on Earth Antique Mall and Vintage Marketplace

Whether you’re an avid antique fan or not, this place is worth checking out. Spread out over 15,000 square feet and home to over 50 vendors, this antique mall and vintage marketplace features all kinds of nostalgia-inducing items ranging from couches and collectibles to vintage signs. Whatever you buy, this place will have people asking you, “Where on earth did you get that!?”

325 Edmonton Tr. S.E., 403-948-3669, whereonearth.ca

 

Where to Eat

Abe’s Modern Diner

 

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This cozy diner is the place to go for a hearty, fulfilling meal. The main menu features 11 burger options including an elk burger, sandwiches, poutines and all-day breakfast items like the egg scrambler. It also offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. If you have food sensitivities, this might be the place for you —Abe’s can make most of its dishes gluten-free, plus it has a gluten-free fryer, keto buns and a nut-free kitchen.

101, 30 Market Blvd. S.E., 587-254-0539, abesfood.ca

 

Jam’s

Start your day off right at this breakfast and lunch spot with some eggs Benedict, chicken and waffles, French toast and other tasty dishes. Twice a month, you can also swing by for Jam’s high tea, which is offered on the second Saturday and Sunday for $30 per adult. Don’t leave without purchasing a jar of the restaurant’s house made jam, which comes in flavours ranging from strawberry to orange peach marmalade.

113, 1700 Market St., 587-254-0089, jamsairdrie.com

 

Main Street Beer & BBQ

For all the meat lovers out there, check out Main Street Beer & BBQ. Brisket, pulled pork and turkey breast are just a few of the smoked meats you can try here, along with sides of green beans and macaroni salad, sandwiches, wings and more. Main Street also has a large patio to hang out on, so swing by to enjoy some sun with a cold glass of one the 30+ draft beers and ciders.

304, 505 Main St. S., 403-948-4741, mainstreetbeerbbq.com

 

Tequila & Tacos

What could be better than tequila and tacos on a summer day. At this Mexican restaurant, try specialties like the carne asada or chiles rellenos, or opt for one of the many tacos options with fillings ranging from marinated pork loin to sausage. Pair your meal with a Margarita and enjoy it all on the restaurant’s patio overlooking the water.

501, 800 Yankee Valley Blvd. S.W., 587-775-5758, tequilandtacos.ca

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