Ice Cream Shops That Scream Road Trip – Ice Cream Near Calgary

Feeling like a road trip? Check out these ice cream shops in Central and Southern Alberta so you can add some delicious ice cream to your itinerary. You may also be interested in my list of awesome ice cream shops in Calgary.

Heading West from Calgary

1. MacKay’s Ice Cream – Cochrane

220- 1st St West, Cochrane, Alberta

The MacKay family has been making and selling ice cream in Cochrane since 1948. MacKay’s ice cream is richer creamier than many as they start with a cream base with a higher percentage of butterfat. Their flavours include old stand bys like chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, flavors that remind me of my childhood like cotton candy and tiger and more unusual options like baklava, durian and avocado.

Special diet options: 1% dairy sorbet, gluten free cones

MacKay's Ice Cream - Cochrane - In Search of Calgary's Best Ice Cream

2. Frontier Candy and Ice Cream – Bragg Creek

10 Balsam Avenue Unit #111, Bragg Creek

A favorite day trip destination, Bragg Creek’s Frontier Candy and Ice Cream offers up lots of flavor options and tons of candy too.

3. Old School Bus Ice Cream – Canmore

621 Main Street, Canmore, AB – Old School Bus Ice Cream Facebook Page

Serving ice cream out of an old school bus in downtown Canmore. More than 20 flavours of hard ice cream and 10 flavours of shaved ice. You can also get floats and milkshakes.

Open seasonally mid-May to the end of September.

Special diet options: Dairy free sorbet and shaved ice. Gluten and nut free sealed ice cream cups.

Old School Bus Ice Cream - Canmore

4. COWS – Banff

134 Banff Ave, Banff, AB

Cows is a small chain based in PEI. It’s Banff Avenue shop is it’s only Alberta location. They offer dense, high butterfat ice cream.

Cows Ice Cream - Banff, AB

Heading North

5. Little Ice Cream & Soda Shoppe – Red Deer

4030 50 St, Red Deer, AB

The Little Ice Cream & Soda Shoppe does not seem to have a web presence. I couldn’t even find anything about their hours at the shop. If it does happen to be open while you are there though, you can treat yourself to some handmade hard ice cream made on site. Their portions are huge. You can get a single scoop with two flavours but really it’s as big as two scoops most other places. They have an entire section devoted to different chocolate ice cream variations. No debit. Open seasonally.

Special diet options: dairy free ices

Little Ice Cream & Soda Shoppe - Red Deer

6. The Big Moo and More Moo – Sylvan Lake

4603 Lakeshore Drive, Sylvan Lake, AB 

60 flavours of Foothills Creamery hard ice cream, soft ice cream and sundaes. Gluten free and dairy-free options available.

7. The Cone – Lacombe

5230 45St, Lacombe, AB

Serving over 40 flavours of Foothills Creamery hard ice cream.
Gluten free cones and non-dairy sorbet available.

8. Asteroid – Drumheller

163 Centre St, Rosedale, AB

Located in Rosedale just outside of Drumheller, Asteroid offers around a dozen flavours of hard ice cream in addition to a full menu of burgers and other hot items.

Special diet options: Frozen yogurt, no sugar added and dairy free options

Heading South

9. Big Dipper Ice Cream Shoppe – Okotoks

67 McRae Street, Okotoks, AB

Big Dipper Ice Cream Shoppe has over 35 flavors of Foothills Creamery ice cream as well as Fisasco Gelato and Evelyn’s Memory Lane. They offer milkshakes, sundaes, floats and gelato sandwiches. (open seasonally April-Oct)

Special diet options: No sugar added and dairy free ice cream

10. Chinook Honey Company – Near Okotoks

386087 16th St West, Okotoks, AB

In addition to honey and mead, the Chinook Honey company also serves ice cream and dairy-free sorbetto made locally with their honey. They have flavours like  Saskatoon berry, black currant, Belgian chocolate and honey ripple which you can eat outside at their picnic area.

11. Marv’s Soda Shop – Black Diamond

121 Centre Avenue W, Black Diamond, AB

Marv’s Soda Shop services ice cream sundaes, banana splits, ice cream sodas and ice cream cones. They also serve burgers, fries and hot dogs, have a huge selection of sodas and have a huge candy selection.

12. Nanton Ice Cream

2129 Main Street, Nanton, AB

Located in the Nanton Candy store, Nanton Ice Cream offers 35 flavours of hard ice cream dipped cones, and fresh made waffle cones.
Now open year round.

Special diet options: dairy free, frozen yogurt, and no sugar added options

13. Igloo Drive-in

569 24 St, Fort MacLeod, AB

Igloo Drive-in offers a large variety of soft serve ice cream as well as other items like burgers and fries.

Igloo Ice Cream Fort Macleod

14. The Old Dairy Ice Cream Shoppe – Bellevue

2501 213th Street, Bellevue, AB

Offers over 40 flavours of hard ice cream, flavoured soft ice cream, twisters, sundaes, milkshakes and other special treats. Open seasonally.
Dairy-free sorbet and coolers (dairy-free milkshakes) and frozen yogurt available. Gluten free ice cream and cones available – the hard ice cream is in open containers but the vanilla soft ice cream is also stated to be gluten free.

Bubble Gum Soft Ice Cream Cone

15. Swirls Ice Cream – Lethbridge

Address: 1701 Mayor Magrath Drive South

Swirls started in Medicine hat and now have expanded to Lethbridge. Serving hard ice cream, soft ice cream and ice cream treats. Open year round, reduced hours in the winter.

16. Swirls Ice Cream – Medicine Hat

Corner of division Ave and 4th St, Medicine Hat

Swirls has been serving ice cream in Medicine Hat for over 30 years. They offer both hard ice cream as well as soft serve and novelty treats. Open seasonally. Cash only.

 Special diet options: $1 dairy free popsicles.

Swirls Ice Cream - Medicine Hat - Alberta Staycation

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