Travel Alberta | Mike Seehagel
Spring is in the air! That means more hours of daylight, warmer temperatures, and, probably, rain. But with winter’s grip finally behind us, it’s the perfect time to get outside and explore everything the city has to offer. Whether you’re looking for something fresh and exciting, some outdoor adventures, or an evening out, Calgary has the perfect spring fling waiting for you.
Looking to taste something fresh this spring? Check out a local market! Crossroads Market has been serving the Calgary community for over 35 years. Stop by for fresh, local produce, homemade baking, local meat, seafood, cheese, spices, and so much more. Buy some bright spring flowers, or grab a bite in the food hall and find delicious dishes from local artisans, all under one roof.
Fresh & Local Market + Kitchens serves fresh produce, market items, and prepared meals from local growers and food artisans. Get some famous Italian artisan sausage from Spolumbo’s, either at their flagship market and deli in Inglewood or throughout many stores in the city. Order classic Italian meals, made fresh in-house daily, and get them delivered within the city.
The sun is setting later and later each day, which means there’s plenty of time to get outside and soak up those rays. Calgary has many great ways to discover the city and beyond, and they all offer a taste of adventure. Rent an e-bike from Bow Cycle to explore the city in style. Not sure where to go? Book a guided tour and the experts at Bow Cycle will show you all the best places.
If you’re looking for an extreme adventure, checkout Skydive Extreme Calgary. Taking flight just outside of the city, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view—and more—as you soar through the clouds on a tandem skydive. No experience is necessary to take in the thrills. Just enjoy the freefall while an experienced skydiver navigates safely to the ground.
Not sure you’re ready to spread your own wings? Check out the birds, and other animals, at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. The zoo houses nearly 1,000 animals, and they’re worldwide leaders in animal stewardship and conservation. More than just a fun day for the whole family, the zoo often has events that support their conservation efforts. Check out their Locked Zoo escape game event for some after-hours thrills.
Looking to see the city lights? Calgary has plenty of options for an exciting evening out. Visit the theatre for an evening of fantastic entertainment. See shows such as Pretty Woman: The Musical or Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The Calgary Opera performs Giuseppe Verdi’s haunting interpretation of Macbeth for the first time in the company’s 50-year history. The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra produces regular shows throughout the season, and they present everything from classical orchestra music to soundtracks alongside popular films and fun events with local stars.
If you’re looking to expand your knowledge, National Geographic presents From Shallows to Seafloor with marine biologist Diva Amon, back by popular demand, or visit the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo for one of their Grazers Dining Series for a guest speaker alongside a fantastic meal paired with local bevvies.
For a truly unique evening, dress in your finest 1920’s inspired eveningwear and enjoy an interactive party with a stage show featuring burlesque, live music, and circus performances. Party Like Gatsby is a classic and upscale evening that will transport you to another time and promises to be a fantastic evening out.
No matter what you’re looking for this spring, the city of Calgary has the perfect spring fling waiting for you!