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Visiting Southern Alberta

Southern Alberta is at its most vibrant this season. The region's countless parks and outdoor destinations are full of summer adventure opportunities, and communities from the urban hub of Calgary to rural respites like Rocky Mountain House and Lethbridge are gearing up for all kinds of special events, festivals, and family-friendly fun.

Make the most of summer weather summer weather by taking to the Great Outdoors – Southern Alberta is home to some of the most awe-inspiring slices of nature in the world. About an hour outside of Calgary, the neighboring communities of Canmore and Banff are ideal launch pads for explorations of Banff National Park and Spray Valley Provincial Park. Hike through dense coniferous forest, get up close to a range of wildlife, and spend some time on the legendary Lake Louise.

Not much further northeast, Red Deer offers all kinds of outdoor fun. The paddleboats and canoes are available for rent at Bower Ponds. Countless hiking and walking trails surround the water, along with lush grass fields, as ideal for a game of soccer as they are an picturesque picnic. Red Deer’s Kerry Wood Nature Centre is a great option for animal lovers, who will have the chance to spot wildlife like deer, moose, fox, a range of waterfowl, and more.

Excitement is mounting throughout Medicine Hat and southeast Alberta, as the 2016 Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede approaches. Held July 27th through 30th, the fun includes horse competitions and sales, the Summer Stampede Trade Show featuring over 100 exhibitors, and three days of rodeo action. Stick around after the action each night for the 2016 Grandstand Night Shows, with musical performances by a variety of big-name musical artists.

Families visiting Lethbridge this summer won’t want to miss the 2016 Lethbridge Whoop-Up Days, August 23rd through 27th. The festival is chock full of fun for the whole family – lumberjack shows, a farmers’ market, bungee jumping, live concerts, fireworks, and an array of kids' fun. Let the little guys and girls engage in Pedal Tractor Pulls, magic shows, and acrobatics exhibitions and more.

Calgary and Southern Alberta Hotel Map

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Calgary and Southern Alberta Events

February 2016

January 1 - December 2, 2016
2016 First Friday Downtown Lethbridge

All year long, downtown Lethbridge hosts its very own First Friday celebration, featuring art gallery and museum special exhibits, live entertainment, and so much more. The fun gets underway about 6 p.m.

June 2016

June 4 - October 1, 2016
2016 Medicine Hat Farmers' Market

Grab some locally grown and handcrafted goods and goodies every Saturday along 21st Avenue in Medicine Hat. It all gets underway at 9 a.m.

July 2016

July 30 - August 2, 2016
2016 Canmore Folk Music Fesitval

An annual folk music festival held in Canmore's Centennial Park since 1978. More details for this year's festival are TBA. 

August 2016

August 12, 2016
2016 Pine Lake County Fair & Sports Day

A family-friendly festival featuring tons of hands-on games, tournaments, activities, and more, alongside food and drink and live entertainment, all at Crossroads Ag Park in Red Deer.

September 2016

September 5, 2016
2016 Pride Calgary

Calgary celebrates culture and diversity with a day full of kids' activities, food, beer gardens, live entertainment, and so much more, all at Shawl Millennium Park. 

September 17, 2016
2016 Love & Records

A free outdoor record and concert held at Galt Gardens in downtown Lethbridge, featuring tons of fun activities, a beer garden, and more.

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