by Katie Pearn
For some more farm-filled family fun, visit the Calgary Corn Maze. This award-winning corn maze is sure to provide hours of fun for everyone in your family. Work together to find your way out of the 13 acres of corn mazes, play a round of mini golf, watch the pig races or pet the many adorable barnyard animals at the petting zoo. There are also plenty of ways to burn energy including a ropes course, bouncing on the jumping pillows and ziplines and much more.
Visit www.calgarycornmaze.com for more information.
by Katie Pearn
Whether its mini donuts or the midway, there is plenty of family fun to be had at the Calgary Stampede. This year the Stampede runs from July 6-15 and there really is something for everyone. For the littlest cowboys and girls, try taking a tour of the Agrium Barn, where free tours and lively discussions with knowledgeable guides run daily from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. For the thrill seekers in your family, there are lots of adrenaline-inducing rides, and ones suitable for the little ones too. Check out the rodeo events, Coca Cola Stage and Grand Stand show for even more family-friendly entertainment that will have you saying “yahoo!” Visit www.calgarystampede.com for details.
by Laureen F. Guenther
Cyclepalooza is a family-friendly Calgary festival, July 13 to 22. The organization also schedules cycling-related events year-round.
Most events are free, or almost free, and many are child-friendly and family-friendly.
The events, as diverse as the organizers’ interests, all emphasize low-key social gatherings, enjoyment of the outdoors, and, of course, a love of cycling.
And these events are for cyclists at all levels of skill.
The family-friendly Pedal Powered Picnic, for example, meets Wednesdays. Riders meet at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers Market, then cycle to a different nearby park every week for their picnic.
At Golf Discs and Bowling Balls, July 15, riders will take a bike ride, play disc golf, and go bowling.
Families with teens may like the Bicycle Overnight Camping Trip to Chestermere Lake, July 14. Riders will cycle 30 km on paved paths to Chestermere Camp, stay overnight in bunkhouses, and cycle back to Calgary the next day.
At Spoke and Word, July 16, riders will cycle along the Bow River, stopping several times to share spoken word poetry.
And in the Bike Prom, July 21, participants will promenade down Calgary streets in their “finest attire”. Learn more about these and other Cyclepalooza events at cyclepalooza.ca.
by Laureen F. Guenther
Horseshoe Canyon is in the badlands of Alberta, 17 kilometres west of Drumheller along Highway 9. It’s a free attraction, appealing to people of all hiking abilities and mobility levels.
You can stand at the wooden railing and look out over the canyon, enjoying the miles-wide view of God’s creation as you marvel at all the geographic layers in the soil formations below.
Then you may choose one of the trails leading down into the canyon, and hike for a short or long distance, exploring God’s creation up close.
Back at the top, at the parking level, you can also use picnic, restroom and camping facilities.
Horseshoe Canyon will give you thrills and enjoyment for a few minutes or several hours, as long as you wish to stay.
Afterward, you can also enjoy the attractions in nearby Drumheller or Rosebud. Drumheller’s offerings include the Royal Tyrell Museum, the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, the hoodoos, and the Atlas Coal Mine.
In Rosebud, 18 km southeast of Horseshoe Canyon on Highway 840, there’s Rosebud Theatre, Akokiniskway Golf Course, and Thorny Rose Café.
Westerner Days Fair & Exposition is Central Alberta’s largest summer celebration with five days of top quality, truly authentic, action-packed entertainment! This event has everything that people are looking for in summer festivities – live entertainment, midway rides, free entertainment, nightly Pony Chuckwagon Races, good food and great company!