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Spring is just around the corner, and what best way to take advantage of it than travel? This season, consider traveling to Calgary for an ultimate getaway. We have got some exciting ideas to help you plan the perfect vacation. Whether you are an outdoorsy person or love staying indoors, there are many fun things to do in Calgary in Spring. It’s an ideal destination for family holidays, weekend getaways, and even adventurous trips.

Events, free things to do, new places to see, and plenty of cool things to do, Calgary is not going to disappoint you. 

Enjoy the Best of Calgary in Spring

The best time to explore Calgary or, for that matter, any destination is during the spring and summer seasons. There are so many places you could visit, experience the best of the outdoors, go on walking tours to explore the city, and enjoy the weather. 

Fun activities at WinSport

Kid spending a summer camp at WinSport Mountain Bike track. Image Credit : Dave Holland

Start your spring fun in Calgary by trying out different activities. There are many fun things to do, from mountain biking through the trails to ziplines. Skyline Luge is another highlight you must try. This 1,800 meter-long track is used for luge and is much better than go-karting. 

Visit the Calgary Farmers’ Market

Relish delicious and freshly baked goods, pick farm-fresh produces and artisan goods at the Farmers’ Market. Located on 510 77th Avenue SE, this market is open from Thursday to Sunday. This is a must-visit in Calgary, especially if you are a foodie. 

Check out the Pedal Pub Tours

Image Credit ; David Skabar

This year, starting March, you’ll get to enjoy the sun and drinks while you cruise through the downtown on a pedal-powered patio. This two-hour tour will take the riders through local breweries and several hotspots across the town. Instead of trying the usual bar-hopping or beer tasting, try something unique in Calgary. 

Guided River Tour

Things to do in Calgary in Spring
Clouds in a blue sky over the Calgary river

Calgary River Experience is an unbeatable tour where you get to enjoy a guided boat ride. Starting from downtown, this two-hour tour shows you several landmarks situated around Calgary. You’ll also hear about Calgary’s architecture and some history. 

Enjoy a Nature Walk

Golden eye, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Take your camera and binoculars along to visit the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre. Spot over 270 species of birds, 21 species of mammals, and 347 species of plants. This nature walk offers you an exceptional experience of exploring the protected natural environment and learning more about the incredible wildlife.

Explore the High Park 

Nothing like an evening stroll by the High Park in Calgary. This is one of the most popular free things to do in Calgary and is loved by both tourists and locals. This relaxing walk in the park offers you incredible views of the downtown. 

Take a tour of the National Music Centre.

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre 

Portland architect Brad Cloepfil designed this 160,000-square-foot facility in dedication to sharing the love and understanding of music. Here you’ll find over 2,000 rare instruments and artifacts. If you are a fan of Elton John, you’ll also find one of his favorite pianos at the National Music Centre. Their interactive and engaging exhibits are a treat to enjoy. Besides these displays, the National Music Centre also has daily performances and guided tours. Add this to your top things to do in Calgary. 

Discover the Heritage Park Historical Village

Did you know that the Heritage Park Historical Village is Canada’s largest living history museum? These 127 acres of natural parkland are a pure pleasure to visit, especially for history buffs. With over 200 exhibits and displays, you’ll definitely learn a thing or two about Calgary. During the spring season, the weather becomes delightful to enjoy the best of this living history museum showing the life from the early 1900s. 

Visit the Military Museums

This is one of the key museums in Calgary built in dedication to all the work Canada’s military forces has done for the nation. One of the key objectives of this museum is to educate the public about the navy, army, and air force. Military museums are a collection of eight different museums and galleries that gives you an insight into the true sacrifices and victories of the Canadian troops. 

Experience the Lilac Festival 

Whether you are a Calgarian or a tourist exploring this gorgeous city, the Lilac Festival is a must-attend. This is where foodies, live music, drink, and local vendors gather to put together a festival that will be etched in your memory forever. This is scheduled to happen on June 5th of 2022 at the 4th street between 13th Ave and Elbow Drive. Be there to enjoy and have fun with the locals. 

Calgary Festivals in Spring

Although spring is set to begin in March, you’ll still find some unpredictable snowfalls and chilly days. But, the city lights up with fun festivals like  YYC Food & Drink Experience. This festival features some of Calgary’s best restaurants and fine dining spots with multi-course prix fixe value-priced menus and chef collaborations. This festival also features winemaker’s dinners as a pure treat for foodies. As the weather slowly starts to warm up in April, you could visit the  Calgary Expo at the Stampede Park and be a part of the exceptional dance event  Calgary Dance Stampede. At this largest and longest-running country, west coast swing and line dance event in Canada, you’ll get a chance to be a part of the workshops hosted by world-class dance instructors.

Calgary Marathon and Calgary International Beerfest

In May, the highlights include Calgary Marathon and Calgary International Beerfest. Calgary Marathon is an annual event scheduled to occur in September 2021 and was pushed to May 2022. As for Calgary International Beerfest, you have the opportunity to try out different types of beers. This being the largest beer festival in Calgary, you get to taste over 700 beers from more than 200 breweries. Enticing enough? 

More Calgary Spring Festivals

With summer slowly starting to creep in, early June is still considered to be a part of the spring season. The Lilac Festival and  Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, are happening during June. This is one of the peak travel periods to Calgary. 

With these fantastic ideas on things to do in Calgary during spring, we hope to have eliminated some guesswork out of your itinerary. We have highlighted some of the must-visit spots in Calgary, tours to take, and fun festivals to attend during the spring season. Don’t forget to make the best use of spring and explore the best of Calgary. This city has so much to offer. You’ll be surprised. It’s time to start planning your spring vacation with your loved ones.  

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