When you are living in Calgary, you don't need to stay in your house all the time. Part of the appeal of Calgary is that it is in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and its proximity to some truly astounding places. With hundreds of hiking trails, ski runs, and natural wonders within a couple hours' drive, it's hard to narrow down a selection. But make sure you don't miss these, as they can easily be left off of your list.
These three places are a great place for any age and any size of family.
Tyrell Museum & the Badlands: About 90 minutes Northeast of Calgary, this moonscape is eerie and desert-like, and a wonderful place to explore (stop by Horseshoe Canyon on your way there too!). A treasure-trove of fossils, the museum is a wonder of dinosaur bones that will leave you in awe.
Banff National Park: Growing up an hour away from Banff, it's easy to take for granted how unbelievable this place really it. Stunning mountain views, picturesque chalets and hotels nestled in valleys and by pristine glacial lakes… don't miss this place!
Kananaskis National Park: Closer to Calgary, but replete with places to visit and stunning views, don't overlook Kananaskis. From the gorgeous Elbow Falls, to the Ice Caves, to one of my favourite hikes up Grotto Canyon, you could go on a different hiking trail here every day for almost a full year!
What are your favourite places to head to around Calgary? Comment below and let us know!