September Long Weekend Fun

by - Friday, September 02, 2016

It's the last long weekend of summer. Let's make it count! Here are my top 10 things to do in Calgary area for September long weekend.

  1. Play Pokemon Go! Pokemon are often found at city landmarks. Explore these landmarks in Calgary parks and hunt for Pokemon at the same time! We had a lot of luck on the Bow River Pathway from Edworthy Park to the Calgary Zoo. 
    • Don't have data? You can get 500 MB free data at the Calgary Zoo (from ShawGo Wifi) and there are tons of PokeStops and pokemon to catch. 
    • Banff Central Park is also a fun place to play with several Pokestops!
    • Calgary Playground Review has some great tips on playing Pokemon Go in Calgary.
      Pokemon sighting at Poppy Plaza
  2. Escape the rain at Bow Habitat Station, home to the Livingston Fish Hatchery and a great Discovery Centre. Feed thousands of fish, watch short films, and try the hands-on displays. 
    Exhibit at Bow Habitat Station
  3. Explore Inglewood by Bike! Explore Pearce Estate Park, visit the River Passage Art Installation, then ride to Nellie Breen Playground.
    River Passage Art Installation
  4. Try milky way and star photography. September 1st was the new moon, so the skies are still very dark.
    Starry Night at Fish Lake Campground
  5. Take some Awesome Autumn Walks, Hikes, and Bike Rides! This Calgary's Child article by yours truly tells you where to go for fall colors and family fun. The aspens and larches are beginning to turn so this weekend should have some color. I expect colors to peak mid-September this year.
    Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park in Fall
  6. Take a bear-free roadtrip to SE Alberta. Now that it's cooler, you can enjoy the trails more and all these trips have no bears! **There is a mosquito advisory for Dinosaur Provincial Park, so hold off on visiting until October.**
    Cypress Hills Provincial Park
  7. Tour the Icefields Parkway! September is far less busy than July and August! If you don't have time to drive to Jasper, at least go to Peyto Lake - it's such a rewarding, short hike!!
    Peyto Lake, Banff National Park
  8. Squeeze in one more beach day! Although the weekend is calling for cooler temperatures, it's still fun to be by water and build sand castles. Check out this post for beaches in and around Calgary. Sikome Lake is open until September 5th (note: user fees in effect). **The Elbow River "beach" near 25 Ave SW is closed due to fecal coliform (yuck).** 
    Sikome Lake, Fish Creek Provincial Park
  9. Go somewhere new! The David Thompson Corridor (Hwy 11 from Saskatchewan Crossing to Rocky Mountain House) is a beautiful area to explore. While you're there, hike to Siffleur Falls, then visit Crescent Falls and Windy Point! 
    Windy Point, Abraham Lake
  10. Hike Prairie Mountain. The Elbow Valley area of Kananaskis has had less bear warnings than others, but be sure to follow these bear safety tips just in case.
    Prairie Mountain in March
As always, please check parks advisories before heading out and be sure to pack all the daytrip essentials

Did you know ticks are active until the temperature drops below 4C? Check out these posts on Tick safety tips and Effective tick repellents

Stay safe and have fun!! Let me know where you end up - I love hearing from readers!! Find me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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