Beat The Heat This Summer

Finally, the warm weather has found us and people around the city are seeking out shade and looking for ways to beat the heat. Even if you’re lucky enough to have air conditioning at home or work, staying in all the time is bound to make you irritable. Here are ideas to get out of the house and keep your cool.


Water not only cools you down, it makes for instant fun and erases any heat-induced crankiness.

  • Wading pools and spray parks are perfect for kids of any age. Or visit one of the city’s outdoor pools for a splash of fun.
  • If swimming is more your style, head over to Sikome Lake to enjoy the beach, lake and playground. Pack a picnic along and make a day of it! You might want to bring a pop-up shelter or umbrella for some guaranteed shade.
  • You can always take it indoors too. Head over to western Canada’s largest YMCA in Seton, go for a swim or for more adventure, try the surfing simulator and hang ten.



When you need a break from the sun, take the fun indoors. Calgary offers lots of air-conditioned options.

  • Take in a movie at Landmark Cinemas. You can enjoy cool darkness while lounging in one of their recliner seats with a bag of popcorn in hand.
  • Bowling, laser tag, indoor mini golf or the arcade are all great activities that take you indoors and out of the sun.
  • Visit the Glenbow museum or the Telus Spark centre for a day of learning, culture and cool temps.



  • Grab a dingy and head out to the river for a day of rafting. Feeling even more adventurous? Give river surfing a try. Don’t forget your life jacket!
  • Take a little drive out of the city to Sheep River, Ram or Troll Falls. You’ll enjoy an easy, scenic hike in and the spray from the falls will leave you feeling nothing short of refreshed.


Whatever you decide to do, make sure to stay hydrated, slather on the sunscreen, wear a hat and take ample breaks. At the end of a long lazy summer day, find yourself a shady spot on a patio (maybe one that caters to your furry friend as well) for some refreshment and camaraderie.

Summer in Calgary is brief, so make the most of these hot days. You know it won’t be long before we’re bundling up and pulling out the old snow shovel.