Short Calgary Day Trips (less than 1 hour from Calgary)

Heading North


Airdrie is less than half an hour from Calgary making it an easy trip particularly from the North end of the City.

Airdrie Parks & playgrounds

Airdrie has some lovely parks including many awesome playgrounds.   Airdrie’s regional park Chinook Winds, has a spray park, playground and skate park all in one area.

Airdrie Attractions

On Sundays during the warmer months you can visit Iron Horse Park where you can ride on miniature trains – even more awesome than it sounds. Looking for some indoor fun? Try Jumble District or the nearby Big Fun Play Centre. The pool at the Genesis place is very popular and tends to be less busy than Calgary’s leisure pools.

Airdrie Food

Try Avenue Bakery for some baked treats or Hiho Gas & Grocery for some ice cream.

Read more: Things to do in Airdrie with Kids

Iron Horse Park - Airdrie, AB


Beiseker is a small town about 45 minutes North East of Calgary with a population of less than 1000 people.

Beiseker Parks and Playgrounds

It has two nice playgrounds including one with a zipline.

Beiseker Attractions

The Beiseker Station Museum is filled with local artifacts that provide insight into the lives of the early settlers of the area.

Read more: Things to do in Beiseker with Kids


Located due East of Airdrie (40 minutes from Calgary).

Irricana Parks and Playgrounds

Irricana has an awesome grain elevator and train themed playground and now has a new spray park off Henrick’s Drive.

Irricana Attractions

Pioneer Acres of Alberta – located on 50 acres of land and comprised of over a dozen buildings.

Irricana Grain Elevator Playground -


Crossfield is located 35 minutes to the North of Calgary.

Crossfield Parks and Playgrounds

There is a great playground in a new development at Amery Park as well as a small spray park in Banta Park.


Carstairs is located 45 minutes North of Calgary

Carstairs Parks and Playgrounds

Carstairs has a great playground next to Carstairs Library and Carstairs Elementary School. A five minute drive will take you to their spray park which also has a small playground beside.

Carstairs Attractions

Carstairs also has the Carstairs Heritage Centre.


Olds is located 60 minutes North of Calgary.

Old Parks and Playgrounds

Olds has a beautiful prairie themed spray park.

Olds Attractions

The Olds College Botanic Gardens is open to the public and is a beautiful place for a walk.

Olds Spray Park


Bowden is about an hour North of Calgary.

Bowden Attractions

Check out the Bowden Sunmaze at Eagle Creek Farms


Torrington Attractions

Torrington is best known for its memorable and quirky gopher museum. The Torrington Gopher Hole Museum features dioramas of stuffed gophers in various poses. You are unlikely to see something like it anywhere else.

Heading West

Bragg Creek

Bragg Creek is located 40 minutes West of Calgary. Bragg Creek is called the Gateway to Kananaskis.

Bragg Creek Parks and Playgrounds

The new playground at the community centre is great for all ages.

Bragg Creek Attractions

Have a picnic at Forgetmenot Pond or Elbow Falls. Go on a walk along  Beaver Flats Interpretive Trail, Paddy’s Flat Interpretive Trailor Alder Trail.

Bragg Creek Food

Frontier Candy and Ice Cream


Cochrane is located 35 minutes North West of Calgary.

Cochrane Parks and Playgrounds

Cochrane has a number of great playgrounds including a new natural playground along the river.

Cochrane Attractions

Cochrane Ranch is a lovely spot for a picnic and also hosts Cochrane’s Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and the Cochrane Historical Museum.  Spray Lakes Sawmills Centre has some great indoor play options and a fantastic aquatic centre. Cochrane Golf Club has a beautiful mini golf course. Check out one of the nearby Provincial Parks – Glenbow Ranch or Big Hill Springs.

Cochrane Food

Be sure to stop at MacKay’s for ice cream. Airdir’e popular Avenue Bakery has now expanded to Cochrane. Guys Cafe comes highly recommended for families.

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

Heading South


Okotoks is located 30 minutes south of Calgary.

Okotoks Parks and Playgrounds

Enjoy the riverside at Sheep River pathways. Okotoks has a spray park and skatepark right next to the rec centre. A new accessible playground near Dawgs Stadium and a great playground in Mountainview.

Okotoks Attractions

See Big Rock, the huge glacier erratic that was deposited by a Glacier.  At the nearby Chinook Honey Company you can learn about honeybees and take a tour of Meadery and the Honeybee Discovery Centre. The Saskatoon Farm is also nearby. The leisure centre is very popular and includes a great leisure pool with tot area. Crystal Ridge Golf Course has a junior golf set up perfect for kids as well as The MaxMan’s Mini Golf.

Okotoks Food

Stop at the Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop or the Chinook Honey Company for ice cream. Pick up some treats at 94 Take the Cake, Bakery Home Ground of the Brown Sugar Bake Shop. The Heartland Cafe is located in an old church and comes highly recommended for families as are Saigon Sub and Mama’s Restaurant.

Kayben Farms – Sunshine Adventure Park


Millarville, about 50 minutes from Calgary, is famous for their Millarville Market during the summer. They also have  Christmas Market in the fall.

Turner Valley/Black Diamond/Longview

Turner Valley and Black Diamond are about 50 minutes from Calgary and Longview is about 65 minutes away.


The Drive down Cowboy Trail is beautiful and passes by a lot of ranches making seeing cows and horses almost a sure thing. Turner Valley has a free spray park next to their outdoor pool. Black Diamond has a couple lovely playground pit stops. Head a bit further south and you will get to Bar U Ranch. Bar U Ranch is a national historic site and living history museum (think Heritage Park, but a ranch instead of a town). It commemorates Canada’s ranching heritage. It’s well worth the trip.


The Chuckwagon Cafe in Turner Valley gets rave reviews but be prepared for a wait. Check Out Marv’s Soda Shoppe for classic diner food as well as some ice cream and treats.  If you like jerky, Longview Jerky Shop is a must.

Read more: Things to do in Turner Valley, Black Diamond & Longview

High River

High River is located 50 minutes South of Calgary.

High River Parks and Playgrounds

High River has some fun playgrounds including a natural playground and one located in the centre of town in the George Lane Memorial Park (where you can also find a campground). High River also boasts a large spray park with lots of room to run around.

High River Attractions

Museum of the Highwood is a small museum which has a small but excellent children’s area.

High River Food

Eat inside an old train car at the Whistle Stop Cafe, go to Evelyn’s Memory Lane Diner for an excellent take on classic diner food or stop by the Hitchin’ Post Drive-in for burgers and shakes.

Read more: Things to do with kids in High River

High River - Alberta Staycation


Nanton is located 60 minutes south of Calgary.

Nanton Parks and Playgrounds

There is a great playground right along the highway and next to the Bomber Command Museum.

Nanton Attractions

The Bomber Command Museum of Canada features a Lancaster Bomber that you can even walk inside.  At the Museum of Miniatures you can see depictions of the Old West in on a miniature scale. Canadian Grain Elevator Discover Centre offers guided and self-guided tours.

Nanton Food

Nanton Candy and Ice Cream Shop has one of the best candy selections in Southern Alberta.

Read More: Things to do in Nanton with Kids

The Candy Store - Nanton, Alberta


Mossleigh Attractions

Aspen Crossing is located 60 minutes to the South East of Calgary. There you can go on train excursions (tickets required), Escape rooms (booking required) and special events.

Aspen Crossing Train Excursions

Heading East


Chestermere is 25 minutes to the East of Calgary.

Chestermere Parks and Playgrounds

There is a new playground Ship Wreck playground being put in at Cove Park (2018).

Chestermere Attractions

Chestermere Lake has a lovely beach with sand where you can go swimming at the recently redeveloped Anniversary Park. The Chestermere Family Bike Park is open (weather dependent) from May to October and offers outdoor bike tracks for all ages and abilities to work on their skills.


Strathmore is 40 minutes to the East of Calgary.

Strathmore Parks and Playgrounds

Strathmore has some great playgrounds and a lovely spray park located in the centre of town in the beautiful Kinsman Park.

Strathmore Attractions

Strathmore also has some great small town events like the Santa Claus Parade and the Strathmore Stampede Parade.

Strathmore Food

Rocky’s bakery is a great place for a treat and Kim’s Cafe is a great spot for a family meal.

Read more: Things to do in Strathmore with Kids

Strathmore Playground

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